It’s been announced that this season the opening round will be in addition to the normal 18 rounds and the fixtures for this extra round are determined by where teams finished last season.
That means that we will take on second place Wasps Netball, third place Team Bath will play Loughborough Lightning and so on. The matches will take place at the Arena Birmingham. Our clash with Wasps will be the last one in the day – at 5pm.
The additional round will contribute to the regular season and count towards each club total points, the other 18 rounds will see teams play each other home and away, deciding who finishes in the top four to fight for a place in the Grand Final.
The additional round means that we’ll play nine home fixtures and nine away fixtures as well as the Season Opener.
The fixtures are as follows:
- 11:00 – Strathclyde Sirens v London Pulse
- 12:30 – Celtic Dragons v Surrey Storm
- 14:00 – Saracens Mavericks v Severn Stars
- 15:30 – Team Bath v Loughborough Lightning
- 17:00 – Wasps v Manchester Thunder
Tickets for the Season Opener go on sale exclusively to England Netball members on Thursday 15 August followed by general sale on Thursday 22 August from englandnetball.co.uk/tickets.