The biggest club match in UK netball pits Manchester Thunder against Wasps at the Copper Box Arena in the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague Grand Final. Tickets are available.
After 19 rounds of Superleague matches (see below for an introduction to the Superleague) and 92 games featuring 10 teams it all comes down to 60 minutes of netball to decide this year’s Vitality Netball Superleague Grand Final champions in the Olympic Park.
Manchester Thunder earned their place in the final with a thrilling 57-54 win over Team Bath last weekend. In the other semi-final Wasps got the better of Loughborough Lightning 74-54.
At stake in today’s final is a first title for Thunder since 2014 while Wasps are bidding to make Superleague history by finishing as the premier club side in UK netball for a third year in a row.
Thunder and Wasps take to the court at 5.30pm. Before that there is the small matter of the third-place play-off with Team Bath and Loughborough Lightning going head-to-head for a place on the end of season podium.
Don’t miss the finale of the domestic season in what is a huge year for netball with the Netball World Cup taking place in Liverpool in July.
Previous meeting between Wasps and Manchester Thunder: 23 March. A dramatic match in Manchester ending 50-49 in favour of Thunder.
Ones to watch: Wasps shooter Rachel Dunn put in a world-class performance in last week’s semi-final victory over Loughborough. But in Joyce Mvula Manchester Thunder also have a shooter at the top of her game. Whoever keeps their cool the best in the cauldron of Copper Box final atmosphere could well decide the destination of the silverware in their teams favour.
Running order: 2pm. Doors Open ~ 3pm. 3rd-Place Play-off: Team Bath v Loughborough Lightning ~ 5.30pm. Grand Final: Wasps v Manchester Thunder.
Tickets in advance for the Netball Superleague Grand Final are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
Ticket on the day are subject to availability. Checking the England Netball 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.