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Wasps Steal the Show at the Copper Box!

Monday, 15 October 2018 16:16:43 Europe/London

Fast5 Netball

Wasps Netball won their maiden British Fast5 All-Stars title with a 42-32 victory over the Mavericks at London's Copper Box Arena.

Wasps' Rachel Dunn delivered a shooting masterclass in the final and was named tournament MVP.

Last year's winners Loughborough Lightning failed to reach the semi-finals as they were knocked out by Surrey Storm.

Fast5Rachel Dunn was Wasps' star as she helped the side emulate their Superleague triumph by taking home the title, the trophy, and the £25,000 winner's cheque over five hours of action at London's Copper Box Arena.  Superleague champions Wasps were unbeaten throughout the tournament.

Fast5 - described as netball's version of Twenty20 cricket - is a shorter form of the game aimed at attracting a wider audience to the sport and involves teams made up of five players, rather than the usual seven.

Teams are made up of five rather than seven players and shooters have the opportunity to net long-bombs from a five or three-point zone, or they can play it safe for one point under the net. The golden buzzer also returned, allowing coaches to select a two-minute period in which all points will be doubled, meaning players can put up to 10 points on the scoreboard in just one shot.

In pressure-cooker netball, Wasps defeated Sharni Layton and Surrey Storm 45-37 in an explosive encounter to reach the final, where they were joined by benecosMavericks after they crushed Severn Stars 38-8. The final was tense and fast-paced with Wasps taking their power play just four minutes into the showpiece with Dunn and Tamsin Moala ripping through the opposition.

 Karyn Bailey kept Mavs in contention before taking their power play and Ellie Kelk landed a huge 10-pointer to close the gap before soon levelling at 27-27 with two minutes remaining. Dunn then took over the show with three massive five point scores, and although Karyn Bailey replied, it wasn't enough as Wasps closed out victory.

Results:

Double Elimination Stage

Loughborough Lightning 19-21 Surrey Storm

Strathclyde Sirens 4-15 Severn Stars

Team Bath 23-18 Manchester Thunder

benecos Mavericks 31-41 Wasps Netball

Surrey Storm 12-28 Severn Stars

Team Bath 23-37 Wasps Netball

Loughborough Lightning 32-28 Strathclyde Sirens

Manchester Thunder 22-32 benecos Mavericks

Surrey Storm 15-6 Loughborough Lightning

Team Bath 21-47 benecos Mavericks

Semi-Finals

Wasps Netball 45-36 Surrey Storm

Severn 8-38 benecos Mavericks

The Final

Wasps Netball 42-32 benecos Mavericks

 

0 Comments | Posted in Netball By Alex James

Scorchers Emerge Victorious in London!

Monday, 15 October 2018 10:37:12 Europe/London

BBL All Stars

Surrey Scorchers emerged victorious in a thrilling final to emerge as the BBL All Stars champion at the Copper Box Stadium in London.

The Scorchers defeated last years’ treble winning side Leicester Riders in a close contest which eventually finished 36-33 to claim their first piece of silverware in 10 years.Basketball

MVP Jordan Williams was his side’s standout performer, creating the plays which saw Scorchers to group wins over Worcester Wolves and Bristol Flyers after they’d lost their opening fixture 43-30 to Flyers. Having started the tournament with a defeat to Bristol Flyers, Scorchers looked set for a tough afternoon at the Copper Box Arena.

In the semis Scorchers dispatched of Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 34-24 while Riders put out defending champions London Lions 36-26 to set up the final.

Scorchers, won over the crowd and battled it out with Riders for 12 gripping minutes but the two sides couldn’t be separated, needing an overtime period. In the additional 60 seconds it was MVP Williams who made multiple big plays down the stretch as Scorchers took the £25,000 title 36-33.

The British Basketball All-Stars Championship included 12-minute games, a 5-point line and a Golden Buzzer Power Play – where everything for the next 2 minute period is worth double, in an adapted game created by Matchroom with the intention of adding excitement and end to end action, as the top eight BBL teams battled it out for their share of a £100,000 prize fund.

Results:

Double Elimination Stage

Worcester Wolves 6-45 London Lions

Bristol Flyers 43-30 Surrey Scorchers

BBL

 

Glasgow Rocks 40-45 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle

DBL Sharks Sheffield 30-24 Leicester Riders

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 31-25 DBL SharksLondon Lions 29-21 Bristol Flyers

Sheffield Worcester Wolves 17-49 Surrey Scorchers

Glasgow Rocks 22-37 Leicester Riders

Bristol Flyers 27-36 Surrey Scorchers

DBL Sharks Sheffield 20-31 Leicester Riders

Semi-Finals

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 24-34 Surrey Scorchers

London Lions 26-36 Leicester Riders

Final

Surrey Scorchers 36-33 Leicester Riders

 

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All-Star Weekend

Friday, 12 October 2018 10:34:06 Europe/London

FAST 5 Netball

On Saturday October 13 the Fast5 All-Stars netball competition heads to the Copper Box Arena to showcase the most exciting tournament in British Netball. 

Netball

The teams are now confirmed and will feature defending champions Loughborough Lightning, Surrey Storm, Strathclyde Sirens, Severn Stars, Team Bath, Manchester Thunder, Benecos Mavericks and Wasps Netball.

Some of netball's greatest players have flown in to fill All Star positions and combine with some of the brightest home-grown talent for the 2018 British Fast5 All-Stars Championship. Brand ambassador and newly-appointed director of netball for Surrey Storm, Mikki Austin, will also don the mid-court bib.

Mikki Austin

The tournament features 12 minute matches, a five-point line for those brave enough to shoot from distance and a Golden Buzzer offering double points during their two-minute Power Play. Unlike traditional netball, teams are made up of five rather than seven players and shooters have the opportunity to net long-bombs from a five or three-point zone, or they can play it safe for one point under the net. All eight teams will play at least two games across five hours as they battle it out and see who will take home the title, the trophy and the £25,000 winner's cheque.

All Stars Basketball

This Sunday sees one of the highlights of the British Basketball League season take place with the All-Stars Championship at the Copper Box Arena, London. Eight of the BBL’s best teams will compete in one of the most exhilarating tournaments in sport.

Each match will last 12-minutes, with features such as an all-star 5-point line and a Golden Buzzer Power Play promising an incredibly action-packed afternoon, showcasing some of the finest basketball talent the UK has to offer.

Defending champions London Lions will be joined by BBL treble winner Leicester Riders, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle, Glasgow Rocks, Surrey Scorchers, Bristol Flyers, Worcester Wolves and DBL Sharks Sheffield.  

The draw for the double elimination stage of the British Basketball All-Stars Championship has been made, with London Lions to open their title defence against Worcester Wolves. The second match of the afternoon will see Bristol Flyers against Surrey Scorchers before Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks take on Esh Group Eagles Newcastle. Finally, the draw pitted Sheffield Sharks against Leicester Riders in match four.

Basketball

The tournament begins at 1pm on Sunday, October 14th at the Copper Box Arena, London and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Mix throughout. The British Basketball All-Stars Championship starts with a double elimination group stage comprising a total of ten matches. Win your opening match and you’ll face another winner for a place in the semi-finals, while teams who lose their opening matches face off to remain in the competition.

After each side has played two matches, those with one win and one defeat play a third match with the winner advancing to the final four. London Lions won the inaugural British Basketball All-Stars Championship last year, beating Newcastle Eagles 26-25 in an enthralling final. Justin Robinson was MVP on the day and Lions will be hoping he can help fire them to a successful defence this weekend.

Comments | Posted in Basketball Netball Molten By Jack Dinning

Molten Partners with Totally Netball!

Thursday, 23 August 2018 15:36:04 Europe/London

Molten are delighted to announce our formal partnership with Totally Netball, the leading Netball organisation in the Midlands who will now be using Molten Netballs across all of their leagues.

Fast5Netball

Totally Netball is all about giving Netball back to ladies who loved playing when they were younger but allowed life to take over. Having only started in 2017, Totally Netball have gone from strength to strength having already expanded to 10 leagues in 11 locations.

Molten are the proud leaders in the design and manufacture of sports equipment including the acclaimed Molten netball, the official ball of the Fast5 All Stars Netball - the renowned world and British shortened version of the game - of whom Molten are one of the official sponsors. The Molten balls were recently used at their Inter League Tournament, held at the Northampton Girls High School.

Brett Daynes, Director of Totally Netball, said; “I recently met with Gary Cartwright, the National Sales Manager of Unicorn Products Limited and we are both really looking forward to our future relationship. We used some of the Molten balls at our recent tournament and had very positive feedback from the players and umpires.”

Anybody looking to join a Totally Netball team should visit https://www.totallynetball.co.uk/ for more information on how to get involved.

Alternatively head to https://www.playwiththebest.com/netball/netballs.html to see our full range of netballs.

Sevenoaks Suns Steal The Show

Monday, 21 May 2018 14:58:42 Europe/London

Sevenoaks Suns have won back-to-back play-off finals after defeating Leicester Riders 69-44 at the O2 Arena.

WBBL Final

The Suns were led by League and Play-Off final MVP Cat Carr who scored 19 points in addition to her 8 assists and 8 rebounds. Carr was helped along the way by Chantelle Pressley adding 12 points and Judit Fritz 10.

Sevenoaks hit the ground running, racing to a 7 point lead at the end of the first quarter before shutting the Riders out to take an 18 point lead into halftime, up 38-20, with Carr scoring 15.

Leicester attempted to mount a comeback in the third quarter, at one point reducing the deficit to 15 points, before the Suns rallied to extend their lead to 20.

Unfortunately, that rather put the nail in the coffin for the Riders and despite a spirited effort in the final quarter, they were unable to match Sevenoaks once again and finished the period trailing by an additional 5 points, meaning the Suns finished the match 25 points ahead.WBBL Final

Holly Winterburn who was the only member of the Riders to make double digits, scoring 12 points, with Sevenoaks’ defence proving too strong, holding Leicester to just 25% shooting from the field and only 16% from three. Leicester’s issues were compounded by the dominating way the Suns out-rebounded them at both ends of the floor.

The Suns collected their fourth title in two years, the club’s consecutive double, having already secured Championship honours at the end of April.

Leicester Riders Roar Past London Lions

Monday, 21 May 2018 12:02:12 Europe/London

The Leicester Riders secured their third trophy of the season and their second treble in as many years as they defeated London Lions in front of a crowd of over 10,000 people at the O2 on Sunday.

Led by Trayvonn Wright, who was awarded MVP honours, the Riders ran out 81-60 winners over the Lions in the BBL Play-Off Final.

BBL Final

Wright scored 11 points, adding 13 rebounds and 2 blocks to help the Riders produce a dominant display over the crowd-favourites.

The Lions held a slender lead after the first quarter, but were soon after shut out by a terrific defensive display by the Riders, who regained the lead in the second quarter thanks to a 10-2 run, allowing Leicester to go into halftime 39-28 up, scoring almost twice as many points as their opponents in the quarter.

As the Riders began to heat up, the Lions shooting began to freeze over, as they were unable to recapture the lead in the second half.

Leicester edged a scrappy third quarter 19-15, which also saw London’s veteran centre Flo Larkai ejected from the game after a scuffle with Leicester’s Shane Walker, although in truth it had little bearing on the result.

15 points down and just a quarter left in the match proved too much for the Lions to overcome, despite posting their highest points tally in any quarter, as they were once again outscored by the Riders as they cruised to a comfortable victory.

BBL Final

The Riders continued their terrific defensive form throughout the second half, forcing London to shoot just 34% and only 10% from beyond the arc in the match.

Meanwhile, JR Holder (20), Pierre Hampton (19) and Leicester’s retiring captain Tyler Bernardini (17) did the majority of the damage for the Riders, who at one point had a lead of 25 points.

Brandon Peel (22) and GB international Paul Guede (10) were London's main men with Guede's second-quarter threes proved to be the only ones the Lions hit in the entire game.

The result for the Riders meant that they have now won 8 of the last 12 available trophies whereas the Lions have now reached the final twice in 3 years, being defeated both times.

 

Mikki Austin joins Molten

Tuesday, 6 March 2018 10:13:18 Europe/London

Surrey Storm Star Mikki Austin has joined Molten and Net1 as a netball ambassador.Mikki Austin

Mikki has already had a fruitful netball career, going through the youth system at Hertfordshire Mavericks before making the switch to Surrey Storm ahead of the 2015 season. There, she played a crucial role in Storm’s success, winning the Superleague the next two seasons. At age 24, she has a lot of her career, and hopefully more titles, in front of her.

Mikki is entrenched in the game, from coaching at school level, to coaching aspiring professionals, to playing at the highest level in the UK. She is currently healing up from an injury, hoping to be back to playing in the next few weeks to help Surrey to a third league title.

‘I am incredibly honoured and excited to be the netball ambassador for Molten/Net1, as a two-time Superleague champion and someone who plays netball every day I understand the importance of high quality netballs and I look forward to working with Molten and Net1 to make their presence in the netball world felt.’

This comes at an exciting time for Netball, with more and more TV time and tournaments such as the Fast 5 All Stars Championships bringing Netball some of the focus it deserves. Participation is also booming in the sport, seeing a 44% increase over the last year. Molten and Net1 are pushing this change, with a new range of top quality netball’s out in April, and sponsorship of the All Stars tournament.

Molten and Net1 Managing Director Edward Lowy is thrilled:

‘Welcome Mikki to the team. She has had an amazing career so far, and does fantastic work both on and off the court for Netball. We are excited to work with Mikki and extend our involvement in the sport.’

Take a look at the new netball range below:

https://www.playwiththebest.com/netball/netballs.html

Comments | Posted in Netball Molten By Alex James

Loughborough Lightning Victorious in the British Fast 5 All Stars!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:15:08 Europe/London

Netball Fast 5Congratulations to Loughborough Lightning, who came out on top after a thrilling evening of Netball to win the first ever Fast Five All-Stars. An incredible 5 point shot from MVP Renske Stolz with just seconds on the clock, saw them beat Team Bath 35-33 in the final.

The event was played with a new set of rules at the 02, including a 5 point line and a 2 minute power play, allowing teams to score double points in a 2 minute period at any stage of the game. This encouraged a faster pace of netball and really allowed the finest shooters in the country to showcase what they can do, proving popular among players and spectators alike.

Lightning came through a tough Semi Final, beating Wasps 31-27 in what was undoubtedly one of the games of the tournament. They came out of their group unscathed, with victories over Manchester Thunder and Wasps.

Despite missing out on using their power play, Bath managed to sneak past Team Northumbria 19-18, before more comfortable victories against Hertfordshire and Severn Stars to reach the final.

The Fast 5 All Stars has provided a fitting end for Karen Atkinson, for whom it was her final match as Loughborough Lightning coach.

The tournament featured a new look Molten Netball, available for purchase at https://www.playwiththebest.com/molten.html.

Loughborough will take a lot of confidence from this victory, not to mention their slice of the record breaking £100,000 prize fund put up by Matchroom Sport.

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First All Stars Confirmed for the O2

Friday, 4 August 2017 09:56:25 Europe/London

The first all-star picks for the forthcoming British Fast5 All-Stars Championship have been confirmed, with a host of England Roses players set to shine at The O2, London on September 23rd.

George Fisher

Manchester Thunder have announced Roses stars Helen Housby and Sara Bayman as their all-star picks. Their international team-mate Kadeen Corbin will lead the Team Bath charge in London alongside Tash Pavelin, while George Fisher and Nat Haythornwaite are the Wasps Netball All-Stars.

New Zealanders Erena Mikaere and Daneka Tuineau head the Team Northumbria squad, which also includes new signings Sophie Hankin and Scotland international Claire Brownie with the other four competing teams set to confirm their all-stars shortly.

Nat Haythornthwaite“I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to bring two of New Zealand’s top players over to London for the Fast5 All-Stars Championship,” said Northumbria head coach TeAroha Keenan. “Both Erena and Daneka have a huge amount of experience at the highest level and they will be invaluable additions to our squad.”

Bayman captained Manchester Thunder to the Superleague title in 2014 and is thrilled to have the opportunity to don the famous Black and Yellow again: “I'm really excited to be back in the Thunder colours and I'm looking forward to what promises to be a great tournament. It will be a lot of fun for both players and spectators,” she said.

Sara BaymanHousby added: "I'm super excited to be back in the Black and Yellow, even if it is just for a day. I'm looking forward to seeing some old team mates and coaches and playing at an amazing arena. I've never played at The O2 so I can’t wait for that day to come around."

Wasps Director of Netball Tamsin Greenway said of her squad: “We’re going to the Fast5 All-Stars in September with one goal and that is to come away as winners. These players are Superleague champions and I believe this group can beat anyone when at their best.”

Helen HousbyTeam Bath Director of Netball Jess Thirlby said: “I am really excited by this fantastic squad and are looking forward to taking them into this new competition. It is a great mix of established players, returning internationals like Kadeen and our fantastic up-and-coming youth stars.”

The line-up for the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship is completed by Loughborough Lightning, Surrey Storm, Hertfordshire Mavericks and Severn Stars.

The British Fast5 All-Stars Championship will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and carries a ground-breaking £100,000 prize fund. Eight five-player sides will compete in a double elimination group stage for a spot in the semi-finals and the eventual winners will take home £25,000.

Introducing exciting new innovations such as a double-point Power Play, 5-point line and 12-minute matches, the British Fast5 All-Stars brings netball back to The O2 and allows teams to include two global All-Star players in their squad.

Tickets for the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship are available now from www.theo2.co.uk and start from just £20 with group tickets available priced from £60 for four adults. VIP Courtside tickets are available for £150 from www.fast5allstars.com

Fast 5Matchroom Multi Sport are thrilled to partner with Molten as the official ball supplier of the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship at The O2, London on Saturday, September 23.

The British Fast5 All-Stars Championship carries a ground-breaking £100,000 prize fund and will see eight five-player sides competing in a double elimination group stage for a spot in the semi-finals. The eventual winners will take home £25,000.

Introducing exciting new innovations such as a double-point Power Play, 5-point line and 12-minute matches, the British Fast5 All-Stars brings netball back to The O2 and allows teams to include two global All-Star players in their squad.

Molten is one of the world’s leading ball manufacturers and an internationally recognised brand. It is renowned world-wide for the exceptional quality of its ball products and its advanced technical know-how. This is reflected in the many international competitions and tournaments in which Molten are the Official Game Ball.

Unicorn Products Ltd acquired the UK and Ireland distribution of Molten Sports in 2012 and the announcement extends Unicorn’s successful work with Matchroom Sport, developing the long-standing partnership as the PDC’s official darts board, and sponsor of the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour.

Molten will also be the official ball provider of the British Basketball All-Stars Championship at The O2 - which follows the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship - on Sunday, September 24.

Edward Lowy, Managing Director of Unicorn Products Ltd said: “This huge weekend for netball comes at a time when the popularity for the sport is at an unprecedented high and Molten are delighted to be involved with such a prestigious event”.

Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn said: “I am delighted to welcome Molten as the official ball of the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship. “Molten are a world-leading manufacturer and it is exciting to be able to expand our partnership with Unicorn Group into the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship in September. Fans will see some exciting new additions to the Fast5 format at The O2 as we put the Netball Superleague’s stars centre-stage for one massive day of action in London.”

Tickets for the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship are available now from www.theo2.co.uk and start from just £20 with group tickets available priced from £60 for four adults. There is also a 20% discount for group bookings of 20 or more tickets. VIP Courtside tickets are available for £150 from www.fast5allstars.com.

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