Team-by-team guide ahead of hotly-anticipated Vitality Netball Superleague play-offs

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The Vitality Netball Superleague play-offs get underway on Friday evening (Credit: Ben Lumley)
The Vitality Netball Superleague play-offs get underway on Friday evening (Credit: Ben Lumley)

By Milly McEvoy

The stage is set for a sizzling set of Vitality Netball Superleague play-offs over the bumper Jubilee Weekend.

Ahead of all the action kicking off on Friday evening, here's all you need to know about each of the big-hitters in action.

Fixtures

Semi-finals

Manchester Thunder v Team Bath, Friday 6:30pm

Loughborough Lightning v London Pulse, Friday 8pm

Grand Final

Semi-final 1 winner v Semi-final 2 winner, Sunday 4:15pm, Copper Box Arena, London

Team-by-team guide

Manchester Thunder

The only undefeated team in the league, Manchester Thunder won all 20 of their regular season games to top the table.

Thunder have been making history in more ways than one, scoring 88 goals against Wasps, a league record.

Team Bath

The most successful team in Vitality Netball Superleague history qualified for the play-offs with just one game to spare.

The West Country outfit had to overcome Covid and injuries to reach the semi-finals but Vitality Netball Superleague Player of the Season Layla Guscoth has been a defensive rock.

Loughborough Lightning

Loughborough Lightning are the defending champions having beaten Bath in last year’s Grand Final for their first title.

This season they finished second behind Thunder, who inflicted the only two defeats they suffered this season, and have a good balance of experienced internationals and young stars.

London Pulse

The team with the youngest average age, London Pulse have shown composure beyond their years to reach their first play-offs.

Goal defence Funmi Fadoju, 19, is one of the league’s brightest prospects, helping Pulse end the regular season having conceded fewer goals than any other team.

PLEASE LEAVE IN FINAL PAR – Who will be crowned champions? Vitality Netball Grand Final 2022 takes place at London’s Copper Box Arena this Sunday 5 June. Get your tickets at here

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