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Netball Australia is excited to announce the star-studded Australian team that will take to the court for this year’s Fast5 Netball World Series, on October 29 and 30 at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena.

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Netball Australia have named a 10-player team for the 2016 Fast5 Netball World Series. The team includes some of Australian netball’s most celebrated players, including six current Australian Diamonds squad members, as well as some of the country’s most promising new talent. Australian Fast5 Team (* denotes current Australian Diamonds squad member):

Erin Bell (NSW, 29)
Courtney Bruce (WA, 22)
Paige Hadley (NSW, 24)*
Kate Moloney (VIC, 23)
Caitlyn Nevins (VIC, 29)*
Susan Pettitt (NSW, 32)*
Kate Shimmin (SA, 24)
Caitlin Thwaites (VIC, 29)*
Gretel Tippett (NSW, 23)*
Jo Weston (VIC, 22)*

In this year’s tournament Australia will take on the world’s best netballing nations; New Zealand, England, Jamaica, Malawi and South Africa.

“We have selected a strong team, boasting impressive talent and versatile combinations, our players are primed and ready to take on the world,” said Australian Fast5 coach, Jane Searle. “The Diamonds are reigning Commonwealth Games and Netball World Cup gold medallists and we are working to join them as Fast5 Netball World Series gold medallists.”

“We can’t wait to play host to the Fast5 Netball World Series this year,” said Netball Australia Chief Executive, Kate Palmer. “This year is the first opportunity for fans to witness netball’s newest format on Australian soil, with two massive days of competition, Hisense Arena will come to life, with electrifying netball and entertainment, that will have fans on the edge of their seats.”

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Fast5 netball features dynamic rules changes, including; five players-a-side, shortened quarters, multiple point shots and double point power plays. All six teams will play six 24 minute games across the two-day series, each team will feature on both days of competition and finals will be held on Sunday.

The event offers more than just fast-paced on-court action, bringing dazzling light shows, pumping music and delicious food and drinks to Hisense Arena.

General admission tickets for this year’s Fast5 Netball World Series are available now via Ticketek http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=FASTFIVE16

-RQ