Severn Stars travel to the Resorts World Arena for the Easter weekend double where they’re set to face Saracens Mavericks and Wasps.
First up for Stars is fifth place Mavericks on Saturday, April 16 at 20:00, who are currently finding form once again following two consecutive wins against Celtic Dragons and Wasps.
Mavericks sit outside of the top four only on goal difference to fourth placed London Pulse. For Stars, they’ve slipped to 11th but have a game in hand over 10th placed Dragons who are only ahead on goal difference.
Kathryn Ratnapala’s side will be looking to capitalise and leap-frog into the top four after Pulse were defeated by Team Bath. For Stars, a win can move them up into 10th.
Last time out, the two sides battled until the very end, but it was Mavericks who came away with the three points after completing a 62-52 win at the University of Worcester Arena.
Stars last saw a victory against Mavericks in the 2018 season after securing a 55-44 win in round 12. Having already beaten them in round four, Melissa Bessell’s side will be seeking revenge.
However, Mavericks could be without star shooter Ine-Mari Venter after the goal shooter suffered a calf injury in round seven and is yet to make an appearance since.
Yasmin Hodge-England has replaced the injured player and made her debut for the side in their previous game against Dragons. Britney Clarke kept her place in the side, scoring 34 goals alongside Kadeen Corbin.
The Stars attacking duo will have to battle with Razia Quashie as she places fourth in the league for most interceptions. The goal defence has a total of 28 interceptions so far this season.
Their second game of the weekend sees them face ninth place Wasps at 19:00 on Sunday, April 17. The two sides previously battled it out in round three where Stars were defeated 54-45.
Stars’ last victory came in the 2020 season where they secured a 59-54 in round four. Wasps come into the game following back-to-back defeats against Mavericks and Surrey Storm so will be hoping to regain their form.
Wasps have retained their starting seven for the previous two games with Rachel Dunn and Lucy Parize leading the line.
The side currently sit in ninth place with only three wins, but Stars will be looking for the second win of the season.
Stars saw Cat Tuivaiti play 60 minutes of netball for the first time for their side in their previous game and will be hoping her signature moves will continue in their Easter weekend double.
Lucy Herdman sits in fifth place in the league for the most turnovers, completing 49 for the season and has retained her place for the previous games alongside both Iman Thomas and Summer Artman.
Captain Liana Leota and Bethan Dyke have been a consistent duo throughout the season and have linked up well with Tuivaiti. The rotation of Iman Thomas, Dee Bolakoro and Nicole Humphrys have provided Stars with energy and options.
Both games can be seen on Sky Sports this Easter weekend as they look for their second win of the season.