Vixens dominate Australian Fast5 selection

The Melbourne Vixens have dominated Australian selection for the Fast5 Netball World Series, which will take place at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena on October 28 and 29.

Captain Kate Moloney will feature once again this year, alongside Goal Attack Tegan Philip and Sharelle McMahon Medal runner-up Emily Mannix.

The Melbourne Vixens trio headline a strong Victorian representation, with a total four athletes selected as either a team or reserve squad member.

Australian Fast5 Team
* denotes 2017/18 Australian Diamonds squad member
Name (2017 Suncorp Super Netball team/ state of origin)

Ash Brazill (Magpies Netball/New South Wales)
Paige Hadley* (NSW Swifts/New South Wales)
Emily Mannix* (Melbourne Vixens/Victoria)
Nat Medhurst (West Coast Fever/South Australia)
Kate Moloney* (Melbourne Vixens/Victoria)
Tegan Philip* (Melbourne Vixens/Victoria)
Sam Poolman (GIANTS Netball/New South Wales)
Kate Shimmin (Adelaide Thunderbirds/South Australia)
Gretel Tippett* (Queensland Firebirds/Queensland)
Maddy Turner (NSW Swifts/South Australia)

Reserves
Sarah Klau (NSW Swifts/South Australia)
Caitlyn Nevins (Queensland Firebirds/Victoria)
Kaylia Stanton (West Coast Fever/Western Australia)

“Suncorp Super Netball has shown the depth of talent in Australian netball, so we were spoiled for choice when selecting the Australian Fast5 team,” newly-appointed Australian Fast5 Coach Stacey Marinkovich said.

“We have selected a strong team with a variety of combinations that will suit the Fast5 format. We’re ready to bring our best game and push for that gold medal.”

Australia will take on the world’s best netballing nations; New Zealand, England, Jamaica, Malawi and South Africa, and will be working to take out their first Fast5 Netball World Series gold medal.

“Following the success of last year’s event, we can’t wait to bring the Fast5 Netball World Series back to Hisense Arena in October,” said Netball Australia Chief Executive Officer, Marne Fechner.

“11,500 fans attended and over 1.4 million viewers tuned in to the Nine Network’s broadcast across the 2016 event, witnessing electrifying netball and entertainment. We’re excited to do it all again.”

All six teams will play six 24-minute games across the two-day series, each team will feature on both days of competition and finals will be held on Sunday.

Fast5 netball features dynamic rules changes, including; five players-a-side, shortened quarters, multiple point shots and double point power plays.

General admission tickets for this year’s Fast5 Netball World Series will be available on Monday July 24 via Ticketek.

Fan Packages are also available for purchase and are designed to give fans the ultimate Fast5 Netball World Series experience. For more information, visit www.fast5worldseries.com.au.