Vitality Netball Superleague 2017 Grand Final - 11th June 2017 - Loughborough Lightning 51 Wasps 55 16 What a season we have in store! Team Bath will be optimistic that players like Imogen Allison & Chelsea Lewis, pictured above, can bring back the glory days to the South West. Below right, VNSL chiefs will be hoping netball fans around the country are tuned in to the live games on Sky Sports.
2018 - All Ten Teams in Focus!! by Nichola Cooke, 58 times capped Wales international netballer The 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague was the best yet! The addition of Wasps and the Severn Stars really added some extra spice, and the huge changes to playing rosters around the country made for some exciting netball debate! But with the frantic speed of development of netball showing no signs of slowing, you can’t help but feel that 2018 is set to go one better!! While nobody would have underestimated Tamsin Greenway, Wasps were still an unknown proposition going into the 2017 VNSL despite their excellent recruitment drive following their launch. 2018 will be different however, and Wasps will be the franchise in everyone’s gun sights, their game analysed and scrutinised more than any other. But Tamsin knows this and will prepare her team accordingly – the addition of Roses legend Jade Clarke evidence of her desire to build on the 2017 success. Still, we can probably expect some closer games for Wasps away from the Ricoh! Lightning will be hoping new Director of Netball, Anna Carter, will hit the ground running and, if she’s to succeed she’s going to need the likes of Peace Proscovia fit and firing on all cylinders. Expect Lightning to be hungry to lift the VNSL trophy come end of the season. It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Thunder, Team Bath & Storm providing a serious challenge to last year’s top two. However, Sirens CEO Claire Nelson will be hoping that Head Coach Gail Parata can oversee an improvement this year, despite the Commonwealth Games being a big focus for the Thistles. Lower down, we expect Anita Navin & Pamela Cookey’s Severn Stars to improve under new Head Coach Sam Bird, while new captain Sasha Corbin will be hoping to lead the Mavericks to a top 4 finish. Finally, Northumbria will be hoping the likes of Fionnuala Toner can inspire the team in the same way she has inspired Netball Northern Ireland in recent times. Whilst Trish Wilcox will be optimistic that the added preparation time afforded by an all-Welsh Dragons squad that will simultaneously be preparing for the Commonwealth Games and the VNSL, will see the Welsh outfit climb the table. www.teambath.com/sport/netball Head Coach: Anna Stembridge Player to watch: Kadeen Corbin NU's Take: The 5 times Superleague Champions have one of the largest fan bases in the VNSL, but with less established internationals than they have become accustomed to over the years, Team Bath know that a tilt at winning the 2018 VNSL will require plenty of hard work. www.celticdragonsnetball.com Head Coach: Trish Wilcox Player to watch: Georgia Rowe NU's Take: After finishing bottom in the 2017 VNSL with just two wins, the Celtic Dragons will be eager to make amends. Wales' Commonwealth Games preparations will be a huge benefit to Wilcox as she looks to oversee a period of consistent progress at the Welsh outfit. www.loughboroughsport.com/loughborough-lightning Head Coach: Anna Carter Player to watch: Peace Proscovia NU's Take: Powered by the UK’s most prestigious sporting university, Lightning are a perennial Superleague force. After a change of Head Coach and narrowly missing out on the 2017 title, Loughborough will be looking forward to setting the record straight in 2018. 17