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(MATCH OFF) London Pulse v Loughborough Lightning

THE 2020 VITALITY NETBALL SUPERLEAGUE (VNSL) HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS.

STAY TUNED FOR NEWS OF THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE 2021 SEASON.

🏐 London Pulse welcome Loughborough Lightning to the Copper Box Arena for a Friday night showdown in the Vitality Netball Superleague (VSNL) season.

2019 proved to be a baptism of fire for London Pulse in their inaugural season in the VSNL (see below for an introduction) finishing at the foot of the table.  However many lessons were learnt and the side are back with renewed vigour and ambitious plans for the new season which they have started brightly with – at the time of writing – a 100% winning record from their first three matches .

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Speaking ahead of the new season London Pulse’s new director of netball Samantha Bird (who arrived at  Pulse after a three-year period with Severn Stars) said: “CEO Natalie Seaton and I are very keen for London Pulse to be one of the best clubs in the country.

“That’s tough when you’re a new club so it’s really important that you recruit the right type of personnel.  Players who are going to take that ambition on, who want to commit to the club and who want not just to improve personally, but want the club to achieve as well.”

The new squad (see below) which has been put together for London Pulse’s second season in the the top tier of UK club netball contains a good number of talented young English players.  They should blossom under the tutelage of Bird, who will combine her role at Pulse with her duties as England Netball’s Futures head coach.

The season started on 22 February with Round 1 of the action at Arena Birmingham where London Pulse narrowly saw off Strathclyde Sirens 53-51.  Round 2 had a similar theme with Pulse winning a thriller 51-50 away to Surrey Storm before the London side beat Celtic Dragons 69-38 in Round 3 in their first match on home soil.

Will London Pulse maintain their unbeaten home record or will Loughborough Lightning leave the Copper Box Arena with the spoils?  All will be revealed tonight at one of the finest venues for netball in the UK.

London Pulse 2020 Superleague Squad:

Sigi Burger ~ Chiara Semple ~ Olivia Tchine ~  Kira Rothwell ~ Adean Thomas ~ Michelle Drayne ~ Ashleigh Dekker ~ Kate Lloyd ~ Halimat Adio ~ Lindsay Keable ~ Funmi Fadoju ~ Chloe Gregory ~ Zara Everitt

🏐 Centre pass: 7pm.

🎟️ Tickets in advance (not currently on sale) are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.

🎟️ Tickets on the door (not applicable) subject to availability.  Checking the London Pulse Twitter feed before travelling is recommended.

🚊🚗 Travel tips: Public transport is recommended.  Hackney Wick overground and Stratford tube are approximately a 10-minute walk from the Copper Box Arena.  Stratford International station (accessible from London St Pancras) is about a 15-minute walk.  Very limited parking is available on site although parking is available at nearby Westfield Shopping Centre.

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 February to June teams play each other twice in a home and away robin-format comprising Rounds 1-19.  The top four teams then progress to the semi-finals ahead of the Grand Final on 4 July.  The current league champions are Manchester Thunder who in May 2019 ended a five-year wait to win the VNSL and in doing so ended Wasps’ hopes of achieving a third title in a row.

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 2020 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 3 teams to watch; London Pulse (2020 is their second 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.

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