London Pulse welcome Loughborough Lightning to the Copper Box Arena for their final home match of the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague which is preceded by a celebrity SHOOT4PINK match to mark the new partnership between London Pulse and The Pink Ribbon Foundation. Tickets are available.
It’s been a baptism of fire for London Pulse in their inaugural season in the (see below for an introduction to the Superleague). Thus far Pulse have two wins from 16 matches, a sequence that sees them propping up the table on six points. However London’s newest club side have refused to let their heads drop and can consider themselves unlucky to have lost out in a number of close encounters including last month’s 60-64 home reverse to high-flying Team Bath. And Pulse’s persistence was rewarded last time out at the Copper Box with a 62-59 win over top-four chasing Saracens Mavericks.
Round 17 of 18 matches in the regular season sees a visit from Loughborough Lightning. The visitors are currently fourth in the table but not yet guaranteed an all-important top-four finish (and entry into the end of season play-offs) with Saracens Mavericks in hot pursuit.
With Lightning going all out for a crucial win and Pulse aiming to finish their home campaign with a flourish fans of both sides are in for an exciting match.
Prior to the Superleague action don’t miss #SHOOT4PINK a special charity netball match to mark the recent partnership between London Pulse and The Pink Ribbon Foundation. A celebrity and pro netball match will feature celebrity supporters of the foundation including Jess Impiazzi, Katya Jones, Sadie Frost, Brenda Edwards, Sally Morgan, Collette Cooper, Nina Wadia, Lizzie Cundy, Nadia Essex, Freja Budd and many more!
Previous meeting: 2 May in Loughborough. London Pulse losing a close match by 56-51.
Superleague action starts at 4pm preceded by the celebrity and pro SHOOT4PINK match.
Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
About the Netball Superleague: The Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) is a club competition featuring 10 elite teams from across England, Scotland and Wales. Taking place weekly from January to May teams play each other twice in a home and away robin-format comprising Rounds 1-18. The top four teams progress to the Round 19 semi-finals ahead of the Grand Final which this year is on the 18 May at the Copper Box Arena in London. The current league champions are Wasps Netball who are aiming to achieve a hat-trick of titles in 2019 having also won the trophy in 2017.
The top eight teams at the end of the VNSL season also qualify to play in the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship which takes place in October. This is in an alternative format of 12 minute fast paced games with a golden buzzer power play and the opportunity for the teams to add 2 international players. Wasps are the current champions.
The VNSL teams for season 2019 are Celtic Dragons, London Pulse, Loughborough Lightning, Manchester Thunder, Saracens Mavericks, Severn Stars, Strathclyde Sirens, Surrey Storm, Team Bath and Wasps Netball.
In the London area there are now 3 teams to watch; London Pulse (2019 is their first season in the VNSL) playing out of the Copper Box Arena, Surrey Storm (2-time winners) based in Guildford and Saracens Mavericks (2 times winners, runners up 5 times) from Hertfordshire.