Manchester Thunder started the defence of their Vitality Netball Superleague title in the best possible way at the Season Opener by beating last year's defeated finalists, Wasps, by 62 points to 55.
It was Wasps Netball’s veteran mid-courter Jade Clarke who got this tie underway but Thunder managed to get the first goal of this contest, 1-0.
The champions found themselves narrowly ahead but managed to pull away after the first 15 minutes as Amy Carter maintained high energy levels to ensure strong reception and communication across the court.
At the end of the first 15 minutes, Thunder had carved out a six-goal advantage but the likes of Amy Flanagan and Rachel Dunn were battling hard to keep within touching distance to their opposition. 17-11.
In the second quarter, England international Laura Malcolm proved her worth with a strong defensive performance. Wasps, however, were not giving into Thunder’s pressure.
Katie Harris narrowed the gap to four points ...
The Vitality Netball Superleague will return for its 15th year on Saturday, 22 February, 2020 with a new look Season Opener.
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 ...