Team-by-team guide to the ZEO Netball Superleague
Last Updated: 30/01/14 12:52pm
The ZEO Netball Superleague - Live on Sky Sports
The ZEO Netball Superleague tips off on Thursday night as Hertfordshire Mavericks host Celtic Dragons live on Sky Sports 3 from 7.30pm. Here's our guide to the eight teams taking part this season.
Serena Guthrie of Team Bath
COACH: Jess Thirlby (read her blog here), Denise Ellis and Olivia Murphy.
LAST SEASON: Winners
CAPTAIN: Serena Guthrie
NEW PLAYERS: Jenna Murie from Celtic Dragons, Lauren Dent, Summer Artman and Jazz Scott from Talent Squad, Scarlett Williams and Ursula Bowers.
STRENGTHS: Team Bath have won the Superleague a record five times and have always had a strong line-up of England players amongst their squad including at present Pamela Cookey, Stacey Francis, Serena Guthrie, Rosie Allison and Mia Ritchie. Team Bath will go in as reigning champions and favourites to keep hold of their title.
LIVE ON SKY: Friday 7 Feb - Bath v Thunder, Friday 28 Feb - Bath v Dragons, Monday 24 Mar - Thunder v Bath, Thursday 3 Apr - Bath v Jets.
Rosie Pretorius of the Celtic Dragons
COACH: Melissa Hyndman and Wendy Pressdee
LAST SEASON: Runners-up
CAPTAIN: Suzy Drane
NEW PLAYERS: Sophie Morgan from Surrey Storm, Georgia Rowe from Talent Squad, Rosie Pretorius from a year out, Sara Bell, Sarah Llewelyn and teenage shooter Sarah Llewellyn.
STRENGTHS: Their coach Melissa Hyndman has improved the team dramatically in a short space of time as well as keeping the core of the team as local and Welsh, which in turn has seen the Wales national team improve. They were the surprise act of last season but this year will have high expectations to cope with.
LIVE ON SKY: Thursday 30 Jan - Mavericks v Dragons (SS3 7.30pm), Monday 17 Feb - Dragons v Storm, Friday 28 Feb - Bath v Dragons, Friday 14 Mar - Dragons v Mavericks, Thursday 20 Mar - Lightning v Dragons.
Rachel Dunn of Surrey Storm
COACH: Tamsin Greenway - Player/Coach (read her blog here), Naomi Taylor and Tallisa Haynes.
LAST SEASON: Third
CAPTAIN: Hannah Reid
NEW PLAYERS: Becks Jury from New Zealand, Kate Murphy from Loughborough Lightning and Danni Finnegan from Whitton.
STRENGTHS: Storm have loads of experience with former England pro Tamsin Greenway at the helm and brilliant shooter Rachel Dunn dominating the circle. The team have a huge fan base and will play Hertfordshire Mavericks in the Netball London Live fixture at the Copper Box on 8 March - buy tickets here.
LIVE ON SKY: Monday 17 Feb - Dragons v Storm, Saturday 8 Mar - Storm v Mavericks, Monday 7 Apr - Mavericks v Storm, Monday 14 Apri - Storm v Northumbria.
Sasha Corbin of Hertfordshire Mavericks
COACH: Karen Atkinson
LAST SEASON: Fourth
CAPTAIN: Sasha Corbin
NEW PLAYERS:Kadeen Corbin from Team Bath, Camilla Buchanan returns after having a child, Sarah East and Sam May join as import players from Australia.
STRENGTHS: Sisters and England internationals Sasha and Kadeen Corbin play in the Superleague together for the first time and the Mavericks, who were winners in 2011, will be confident this season.
LIVE ON SKY: Thursday 30 Jan - Mavericks v Dragons (SS3 7.30pm), Monday 24 Feb - Northumbria v Mavericks, Saturday 8 Mar - Storm v Mavericks, Friday 14 Mar - Dragons v Mavericks, Monday 7 Apr - Mavericks v Storm.
Emma Dovey of Manchester Thunder
COACH: Tracey Neville
LAST SEASON: Fifth
CAPTAIN: Sara Bayman
NEW PLAYERS: Australian import shooter Alix McDermott, Sara Hale has made the switch from Celtic Dragons and Jodie Gibson returns following two years away at Loughborough Lightning.
STRENGTHS: There are plenty of England stars in the Thunder mix including captain Sara Bayman, Laura Malcolm and Emma Dovey plus the experience of coach Tracey Neville - sister of Sky Sports football expert Gary - who will make the Manchester club a force to be reckoned with.
LIVE ON SKY: Friday 7 Feb - Bath v Thunder, Monday 24 Mar - Thunder v Bath.
Lauren Potter of the Yorkshire Jets
COACH: Anna Carter
LAST SEASON: Sixth
CAPTAIN: Lauren Potter
NEW PLAYERS: Imports Kendra Falefitu, Millie Ironside and Lindal Rohde
STRENGTHS: They'll be a real unknown dynamic with the imports in the squad. The Jets will be looking to push up their level to join in the fight in the top half of the table.
LIVE ON SKY: Monday 10 Feb - Jets v Northumbria, Thursday 3 Apr - Bath v Jets.
Darcie Worsdale of Team Northumbria
COACH: Kate Carpenter and Lisa Stanley-Craig
LAST SEASON: Seventh
CAPTAIN: Darcie Worsdale
NEW PLAYERS: Many of the Northern Ireland team play at Northumbria and that includes Niamh Cooper, Caroline O'Hanlon and the experienced Noleen Lennon.
STRENGTHS: It will be a very interesting season with the Irish influence taking over in the North-East. Star shooter Toetsie Kambatuku will be hoping that her international team mates can propel Team Northumbria further up the league.
LIVE ON SKY: Monday 10 Feb - Jets v Northumbria, Monday 24 Feb - Northumbria v Mavericks, Friday 28 Mar- Northumbria v Lightning, Monday 14 Apr - Storm v Northumbria.
Jess Waitapu of Loughborough Lightning
COACH: Marg Foster and Shelley Norris
LAST SEASON: Eighth
CAPTAIN: Jess Waitapu and Lauren Steadman
NEW PLAYERS: Imports are Elizabeth Hayman and Moniek van Rossum from Canterbury Tactix and Jess Waitapu from the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic. Homegrown talent Becky James and Nicola Caunt return to the club. Rochelle Powel joins from Yorkshire Jets, Holly Sims joins from the Mavericks Youth squad and Neala Brennan makes up the line-up.
STRENGTHS: Another side with a strong influence from abroad, Lightning will be hoping a big shake up of their squad will see them push further up the table this season and continue the fight to finish in the top half of the table.
LIVE ON SKY: Thursday 20 Mar - Lightning v Dragons, Friday 28 Mar - Northumbria v Lightning.