Loughborough Lightning Netball have today unveiled their squad for the inaugural Fast5 All-Stars Netball tournament, which will take place The O2, London, on Saturday 23 September. An exciting new event on the netball calendar, there is also an added sense of occasion as the competition will be Karen Atkinson’s final tournament in charge of the Loughborough University outfit.
Leading the line is shooting sensation Peace Proscovia, who was one of the stars of the 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) season, helping Lightning to top the league. More recently, the Ugandan captain helped her team qualify for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast by winning the African Championships.
Joining her in the squad are England international mid-courters Beth Cobden and Nat Panagarry, with the former recently named in the England side for the forthcoming Quad Series. Panagarry meanwhile will captain the Lightning side as she did in the VNSL, and has also been named England vice-captain for the Netball Europe tournament in October.
England U21 internationals Vicki Oyesola and Rebekah Airey are also part of the squad, Oyesola recently named alongside Panagarry in her first England senior squad. Airey meanwhile showed her leadership qualities by leading the England U21 side to Netball Europe U21 Championship glory back in May.
Recent Loughborough University graduate Ella Gibbons will join the aforementioned duo in the defence, with young Rosie Harris, who made the step up to the Lightning senior squad this year, also getting the nod. Another youngster who Atkinson has shown faith in is England U19 shooter Chloe Essam, whilst former Lightning player Harrie Gill re-joins the side for the tournament. The final addition to the squad is South African international Renske Stoltz, who is Lightning’s overseas pick. Stoltz played for South Africa in the first two international quad series’ and caused opposition serious headaches with her long shot accuracy and creative movement.
On acting as Lightning Head Coach for the final time, Karen Atkinson commented:
“I am really excited about this squad and what we can achieve at the o2. Fast 5 is an exciting, unpredictable format of the game and I feel we have real firepower in all 3 areas of the court.
I hope lots of Loughborough Lightning fans come down to London to cheer us on. It will be a fantastic day out, and from what I know of Fast 5 netball, it will be well worth the journey!”
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