NETBALL

Severn Stars fall short in Fast 5

A new look Severn Stars team failed to qualify for the final stages of the British Fast 5 All-Stars Championships.

The side were unable to come away with a win, coming up against last year’s Vitality Netball Superleague runners up Wasps, followed by last year’s champions Manchester Thunder, and as a result were eliminated from the competition.

But new Stars’ head coach, Melissa Bessell, wasn’t completely disappointed by the day’s outcome.

“Today was a mixed bag for us,” she said.

“There was a great team bonding, along with some strong combinations played, but we were short on points when the final whistle blew.

“Fast 5 is fast and furious and it’s all about the ‘long bombs’ and ours were just short.”

Stars’ player and University of Gloucestershire student Ella-Powell Davies hopes they can learn from the games ahead of the new Vitality Netball Superleague (VSNL) season.

She said: ” It was great to get out there today with the team.

“It’s not quite the result we hoped for, but there were so many positives to take from this experience and we can’t wait to get going again in preparation for the VNSL season.”

Fast 5 is a far more streamlined adaptation of Netball, with shorter games, less players, a different scoring system and power play.

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The Stars faced last year’s champions Wasps in the opening game at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday.

Despite ending the game with more shots than their opponents, the Wasps ran out 30-22 winners having taken advantage of their power play and shooting from higher scoring zones.

The Gloucestershire and Worcestershire based side were then placed against last year’s Vitality Netball Super league winners, Manchester Thunder. Again their opponents scored from within the three and five point zones, allowing them to pull away with a 27-14 victory and eliminate the Stars from the competition.

Their attention will now turn to preparation for the Vitality Netball Superleague competition, which starts in the new year.

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Season passes for the Vitality Netball Superleague Severn Stars home games, at both the University of Worcester Arena and the University of Gloucestershire Arena.

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