Double weekend of netball coming up for Rhinos Netball
Leeds Rhinos Netball have a double weekend of netball coming up, starting with Severn Stars this Friday 11th March at the University of Worcester, FCP 7pm, followed by Manchester Thunder at the AO Arena on Saturday 12th March, FCP 5,30pm.
About Severn Stars
Playing games in Gloucester and Worcester, Severn Stars were formed in 2017 and joined the league for the 2018 season. Stars finished sixth in both of their full seasons in which they have competed and, as they continue to grow, they will be looking climb up the league. Stars have caught the eye with impressive summer signings and a string of impressive off-field appointments.
Star began their season with a 56-47 win over Surrey Storm; Issy Eaton and Paige Reed leading the way for their team in the season opener. Melissa Bessell’s side were unable to back this up and in a high scoring game lost 70-45 to Manchester Thunder. Defeats to Wasps away and the Saracens at home. Their game against Team Bath saw Catherine Tuivaiti start her first game in front of her home fans but left the court before Melissa Bessell’s side recorded their first goal.
Star came close against last season’s finalists and led by two goals heading into the final quarter. Despite a positive second half from the Stars, Bath fought back and scored three goals in the final stages to secure a 45-48 victory. In their last game the suffered to their sixth defeat of the season against Celtic Dragons which leaves at foot of the table heading into Friday’s game.
Young star Eaton, who is part of the Roses Academy, has been in impressive form for Stars this season, scoring 67 goals in five appearances and Paige Reed tops their goal scoring charts with 165 goals.
Alongside new signing Catherine Tuivaiti, Stars also recruited Nicole Humphrys from Surrey Storm, Summer Artman from Team Bath, Michelle Drayne from Pulse and Katie Harris From Wasps. Their squad also includes the vastly experienced and former New Zealand international Liana Leota and Welsh International Bethan Dyke and ex-Fiji player Adi Bolakoro.
Record against Leeds Rhinos Netball
In last year’s Superleague the Rhinos earned two wins against Stars. The first game was a close contest that saw the Rhinos edge it 42-38 thanks to 29 goals from Sienna Rushton. The second game was more convincing, with 52 goals from Donnell Wallam and nine from Rhea Dixon helping Rhinos Netball to one of their biggest wins of the season in the Vitality Netball Superleague.
How to watch
Tickets are on sale for this fixture from Severn Stars. CLICK HERE to buy. Fans can also watch live on Sky Sports You Tube.