🏐 Friday night netball is back at the Emirates Arena as Strathclyde Sirens take on Surrey Storm in the hosts opening home match of the new Vitality Netball Superleague season. Centre pass is at 7pm and tickets are available.
All eyes will be on Sirens netball stars as they make their first league appearance under the lights at the Emirates Arena in 2020. Expect the experienced Claire Maxwell to lead from the front after the 31-year-old was announced as the Sirens new assistant coach last August a role Maxwell will combine with her playing commitments.
With a new head coach in Lesley MacDonald and Karen Atkinson having stepped into the role of technical director at the end of last season there has been a freshening up of the managerial team who will be assisted in their preparations for the new Superleague season by one of netball’s most iconic names, Sue Gaudion. Gaudion is due in Glasgow to work closely with the Strathclyde Sirens performance team and deliver a series of technical sessions and workshops.
Tonight the planning is over with Surrey Storm the visitors in Round 3 of the league after Sirens opened their 2020 campaign at Arena Birmingham in February against London Pulse before of taking on Loughborough Lightning in Round 2 last weekend.
Expect the Sirens to get a noisy and enthusiastic welcome from the Emirates Arena crowd and get your tickets now to be part of the action!
Sirens player profiles: Take a look at the Sirens Netball website to meet the squad.
🏐 Centre pass: 7pm.
🎟️ Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link. Online ticket sales will continue until shortly before the match starts subject to availability.
🎟️ Tickets on the door are subject to availability. Checking the Sirens Netball Twitter feed before travelling is recommended.
🚊🚗 Travel tips: Dalmarnock railway station is a 5-10 minute walk from the Emirates Arena. Services at this station run regularly all day on Monday to Saturday on the Argyle Line through Glasgow Central Low Level, on Sunday there is a limited service. The main car park is on the left and there is an overflow car park on the right. Note: At major events the car park can get very busy.
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.