Nine’s Wide World of Sports will bring netball fans the first in a range of exhilarating games beginning with the new, action-packed FAST5 Netball World Series later this month.
The dynamic new five-a-side series at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena will see the top six international netball teams (Australia, Jamaica, England, New Zealand, South Africa, Malawi) play off in a fast-paced, exciting two-day tournament
Starring in the 24-minute games will be players like Australian Diamonds Caitlin Thwaites andPaige Hadley, Silver Ferns super shooter Maria Tutaia, England legends Geva Mentor and Jo Harten, and the Malawi Queens’ Mwayi Kumwenda.
Nine’s Director of Sport, Tom Malone, said: “As the new home of netball we are super excited about our first broadcast, and what a cracking way to start with FAST5 Netball – the best players in the world competing in a high-octane format, live and free and in prime time.”
Hosted by TODAY news presenter Sylvia Jeffreys, the FAST5 Wide World of Sports commentary panel will include Australian netball legends Liz Ellis and Sharelle McMahon, and two current Diamonds champions, captain Laura Geitz and fireball and fan favourite Sharni Layton. Joining them will be expert commentators and former elite players Anne Sargeant, Jenny Woods andSue Gaudion.
Nine’s Head of Netball, Keeley Devery, said: “We’re thrilled to have Australia’s best netballers and coaches join us to commentate on this groundbreaking concept. The weekend is going to be an awesome way to showcase the new era of broadcasting this elite spot.”
A Celebrity FAST5 Match will also be held over the weekend – featuring some of TV and radio’s biggest stars, including TODAY’s Karl Stefanovic and Tim Gilbert, The NRL Footy Show’s Erin Molan, The AFL Footy Show’s Billy Brownless, Nine News weather presenter Livinia Nixon, Wide World of Sports’ John Steffensen, as well as Triple M Sydney’s Gus Worland and surprise guests. They will be joined by some of Australia’s best netballers in what will undoubtedly be a highly competitive, highly amusing hybrid of the FAST5 game.
9Now will exclusively live stream all the FAST5 games on 9Now.com.au and the 9Now app. Nine’s wwos.com.au will provide up-to-the-minute scores, latest netball news and commentary.
RULES OF FAST5:
· Each game is played over 4 x 6-minute quarters
· Teams consist of 5 players on court – GS, GA, C, GD, GK
· There are three shooting areas with goals worth 1 point, 2 points or 3 points
· Teams can select one quarter as their “power-play” quarter with all goals worth double points
· Unlimited rolling substitutions may be made during play
Saturday, October 29 – from 1.30pm AEDT