Netball’s exciting FAST5 Netball World Series returns to Auckland, New Zealand in November 2014 set to wow spectators, and offering more top class Netball in scintillating bite-sized pieces.
Staged over the course of two days at Vector Arena, the FAST5 concept has been taken to a whole new level with six international teams; England Fives, FAST5 South Africa, Malawi Queens, Sunshine Girls from Jamaica, Australian FAST5 Flyers and the FAST5 Ferns from New Zealand, playing 18 games over the period of the tournament.
The FAST5 Ferns from New Zealand were the inaugural champions in 2012 and produced back to back titles, winning in 2013 in a hotly contested final against the Australian FAST5 Flyers.
The name FAST5 reflects the innovative netball rule changes with on-court team numbers reduced from seven players to five and three goal point scoring zones.
Saturday 8 November 2014, 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday 9 November 2014, 11:30am - 9:45pm
42-80 Mahuhu Crescent, Auckland
The wing positions in the traditional seven-a-side game are missing from FAST5 sides and the shooting circle is separated into three scoring zones. This gives shooters the chance to score one, two or three points depending on where they are in the modified shooting zone.
Superior shooting skills are required in the game and is a talking point with a number of long-range shots falling within the ‘three point range’ or ‘super-shots’. This can somewhat nullify the very tall goal shooters who are often at their skilful best right under the net. Those shots taken at short range are worth just one point.
Teams are also allowed to use rolling substitutions.
The shortened version of the traditional game of netball was the brainchild of the International Netball Federation and continues to grow in popularity around the world.
FAST5 Netball World Series, November 8-9 2014. Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand.