Coverage underway on Sky Sports Mix from 6:45pm with centre pass at 7pm when the game will also be available on Sky Sports Action
Last Updated: 22/06/18 5:59pm
Netball London Live is back this weekend as the regular season reaches its conclusion with Surrey Storm taking on Loughborough Lightning at the Copper Box on Saturday.
Storm are looking to end a disappointing season on a high while Lightning, having already secured their top-four spot and a return to the semi-finals, are hoping to rubber stamp a home semi-final.
Lightning and Manchester Thunder are level on points and will meet in the last four. This weekend’s results will determine who has home advantage next Saturday in the semi-final showdown.
Thunder meet Bath, who were handed a semi-final place after Mavericks’ defeat to Sirens on Thursday night, while Lightning will hope their trip to the Copper Box paves the way for a return to the Grand Final in a fortnight’s time.
Vitality Superleague – Round 18 fixtures
|UWS Sirens||49-47||benecos Mavericks|
|Manchester Thunder||v||Team Bath|
|Surrey Storm||v||Loughborough Lightning|
|Severn Stars||v||Celtic Dragons|
Anna Carter’s Lightning were runners-up last year and are currently on a 10-game winning streak and the head coach is determined to maintain that momentum and help secure a home tie, with goal difference potentially proving decisive.
“I think for the girls it will be the same [in terms of preparation]. The backroom staff will be looking at the potential outcomes and what focuses we need to have,” Carter said.
“We are very much about putting a good performance out there and then the result will take care of itself. We desperately want a home semi-final and at some point hopefully in the game if we can push on that goal difference then we will do.
“But we know that Surrey Storm will come at us. It’s a big game, it’s London Live, the crowd will be right behind them. Every goal is going to count [on Saturday].”
Storm, champions in 2015 and 2016, suffered a last-gasp 53-51 defeat to Saturday’s opponents, despite Katie Harris finishing the match with a 100 per cent shooting record, when they met in the reverse fixture in March.
Vitality Superleague – Latest standings
|(2) Loughborough Lightning||17||42||+181||991|
|(3) Manchester Thunder||17||42||+160||1002|
|(4) Team Bath||17||33||+80||875|
|(5) benecos Mavericks||18||30||+67||932|
The Vitality Superleague regular season reaches its conclusion next weekend and our live coverage comes from the Copper Box where Surrey Storm host Loughborough Lightning, coverage underway from 6.45pm on Sky Sports Mix.
It’s then all eyes on the semi-finals and Grand Final as the 2018 campaign reaches its dramatic conclusion over the following two weeks, all on Sky Sports Mix, channel 121, which is free for all Sky customers.
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