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Surrey Storm face Severn Stars on Vitality Superleague opening weekend

Surrey Storm face Severn Stars on Vitality Superleague opening weekend
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Surrey Storm are chasing a third successive Superleague title

Surrey Storm will begin the defence of their Vitality Superleague title against Severn Stars, one of three new franchises for the 2017 season.

A new 10-team Superleague will encompass 18 rounds of fixtures, with each team playing each other on a home and away basis and, as winners of the last two Grand Finals, Surrey will have their sights set on a third successive crown.

Superleague Fixtures – Round One

Hertfordshire Mavericks v Team Northumbria February 17
Celtic Dragons v Team Bath February 18
Loughborough Lightning v Manchester Thunder February 18
Surrey Storm v Severn Stars February 18
Sirens v Wasps February 21

They will begin on February 18 at Surrey Sports Park against new franchise the Stars, a joint venture between the universities of Gloucestershire and Worcester who have brought in former Surrey goal attack/shooter Pamela Cookey as director of netball after her retirement.

The two other new franchises will meet on the opening weekend of fixtures, with Scottish Sirens hosting Wasps at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow in the final match of the weekend (February 21), while the first fixture of the opening round will see last year’s beaten semi-finalists Hertfordshire Mavericks host Team Northumbria on February 17.

Completing the opening round will be Celtic Dragons against Team Bath and Loughborough Lightning against last year’s beaten finalists Manchester Thunder.

Round Two will encompass all 10 teams playing on the same day at Birmingham’s Genting Arena – last year’s Super Saturday becoming the ‘Super Ten’ on Saturday February 25 with a repeat of last year’s final between Thunder and Storm the highlight.

Superleague Fixtures – Round Two (Super Ten)

Loughborough Lightning v Severn Stars 12pm
Sirens v Celtic Dragons 2pm
Team Northumbria v Wasps 4pm
Surrey Storm v Manchester Thunder 6pm
Hertfordshire Mavericks v Team Bath 8pm

2017 promises to be the most exciting season of Superleague yet and with Wasps (Ricoh Arena) and Sirens (Emirates Arena)  playing their home games at fantastic new venues, Loughborough and Manchester are also taking a selection of home games to the Leicester Arena and Belle Vue respectively

London’s Copper Box Arena will also host the hugely successful London Live when Surrey Storm and Hertfordshire Mavericks renew their rivalry on Saturday March 11, and the pair will be in the capital again when the same venue hosts the return on Saturday April 29.

The regular season finishes with fixtures on June 1 and 3 before finals weekend where the two semi-final matches will take place on Saturday June 10 and the 3rd place match and Grand Final on June 11. 

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Vitality Superleague Fixtures

Round One
Herts Mavericks v Team Northumbria February 17
Celtic Dragons v Team Bath February 18
Loughborough Lightning v Manchester Thunder February 18
Surrey Storm v Severn Stars February 18
Sirens v Wasps February 21
Round Two Super Ten Saturday February 25 Genting Arena, Birmingham
Loughborough Lightning v Severn Stars 12pm
Sirens v Celtic Dragons 2pm
Team Northumbria v Wasps 4pm
Surrey Storm v Manchester Thunder 6pm
Hertfordshire Mavericks v Team Bath 8pm
Round Three
Severn Stars v Celtic Dragons March 3
Manchester Thunder v Sirens March 4
Team Northumbria v Surrey Storm March 4
Wasps v Hertfordshire Mavericks March 5
Team Bath v Loughborough Lightning March 6
Round Four
Manchester Thunder v Celtic Dragons March 11
Severn Stars v Team Bath March 11
Surrey Storm v Hertfordshire Mavericks March 11
Wasps v Loughborough Lightning March 11
Team Northumbria v Sirens March 13
Round Five
Severn Stars v Wasps March 17
Hertfordshire Mavericks v Celtic Dragons March 18
Loughborough Lightning v Sirens March 18
Team Bath v Surrey Storm March 20
Team Northumbria v Manchester Thunder March 20
Round Six
Team Bath v Team Northumbria March 24
Wasps v Manchester Thunder March 24
Hertfordshire Mavericks v Loughborough Lightning March 25
Surrey Storm v Celtic Dragons March 25
Severn Stars v Sirens March 27
Round Seven
Sirens v Team Bath March 31
Surrey Storm v Wasps April 1
Team Northumbria v Severn Stars April 1
Celtic Dragons v Loughborough Lightning April 3
Manchester Thunder v Hertfordshire Mavericks April 3
Round Eight
Team Bath v Manchester Thunder April 7
Wasps v Celtic Dragons April 7
Hertfordshire Mavericks v Severn Stars April 8
Sirens v Surrey Storm April 8
Team Northumbria v Loughborough Lightning April 8
Round Nine
Celtic Dragons v Sirens April 10
Team Bath v Hertfordshire Mavericks April 14
Wasps v Team Northumbria April 14
Manchester Thunder v Surrey Storm April 15
Severn Stars v Loughborough Lightning April 15
Round Ten
Celtic Dragons v Severn Stars April 17
Hertfordshire Mavericks v Wasps April 17
Loughborough Lightning v Team Bath April 17
Sirens v Manchester Thunder April 17
Surrey Storm v Team Northumbria April 17
Round 11
Wasps v Sirens April 21
Manchester Thunder v Loughborough Lightning April 22
Team Bath v Celtic Dragons April 22
Team Northumbria v Hertfordshire Mavericks April 22
Severn Stars v Surrey Storm April 24
Round 12
Team Bath v Severn Stars April 28
Celtic Dragons v Manchester Thunder April 29
Hertfordshire Mavericks v Surrey Storm April 29
Loughborough Lightning v Wasps April 29
Sirens v Team Northumbria April 29
Round 13
Celtic Dragons v Hertfordshire Mavericks May 1
Manchester Thunder v Team Northumbria May 1
Sirens v Loughborough Lightning May 1
Surrey Storm v Team Bath May 1
Wasps v Severn Stars May 1
Round 14
Team Northumbria v Celtic Dragons May 5
Surrey Storm v Loughborough Lightning May 6
Hertfordshire Mavericks v Sirens May 6
Severn Stars v Manchester Thunder May 6
Team Bath v Wasps May 8
Round 15
Celtic Dragons v Surrey Storm May 15
Loughborough Lightning v Hertfordshire Mavericks May 15
Manchester Thunder v Wasps May 15
Sirens v Severn Stars May 15
Team Northumbria v Team Bath May 15
Round 16
Team Bath v Sirens May 19
Severn Stars v Team Northumbria May 19
Hertfordshire Mavericks v Manchester Thunder May 20
Loughborough Lightning v Celtic Dragons May 20
Wasps v Surrey Storm May 22
Round 17
Severn Stars v Hertfordshire Mavericks May 26
Celtic Dragons v Wasps May 27
Loughborough Lightning v Team Northumbria May 27
Surrey Storm v Sirens May 27
Manchester Thunder v Team Bath May 29
Round 18
Sirens v Hertfordshire Mavericks June 1
Celtic Dragons v Team Northumbria June 3
Loughborough Lightning v Surrey Storm June 3
Manchester Thunder v Severn Stars June 3
Wasps v Team Bath June 3
Semi-Finals June 10
Grand Final (3rd place play-off) June 11

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