Saracens Mavericks welcome Sirens Netball to the Hertfordshire Sports Village for a crucial match in the race for the end of season Vitality Netball Superleague semi-finals. Centre pass is at 6pm and tickets are available.
It’s all about the win for Saracens Mavericks in Round 18 of the Vitality Netball Superleague (see below for an introduction to the Superleague) season and the final set of matches ahead of the last four knockout matches which take place next Saturday. Currently 5th in the table, three points behind Loughborough Lightning in 4th, Mavericks need to take maximum points from tonight’s match against Strathclyde Sirens and then hope Lightning slip up in their home match against Celtic Dragons. Scottish side Sirens are out of the semi-final running but having tested leaders Wasps Netball last time out will be keen to end their season with a flourish.
Previous meeting: A resounding Round 9 win for Saracens Mavericks who took the spoils in Glasgow courtesy of a 68-38 win.
One to watch: Mavericks’ Jo Trip who was outstanding in defence for the Saracens side in their recent 62-48 win over Severn Stars in front of the Sky TV cameras.
Match starts at 6pm.
Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
Tickets on the day subject to availability. A sell-out is expected. Checking the ‘Saracens Mavericks Twitter feed’ before travelling is recommended.
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.