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28 October 2005 PR 05/102

Lightning to strike at Loughborough University

Lightning is set to strike at Loughborough University tomorrow (Saturday 29 October) as the region’s newest netball team, Loughborough Lightning, play their first home game in the new England Netball Superleague.

Loughborough Lightning will take on Team Northumbria at 5pm in the Netball Badminton Centre, Loughborough University.

The home squad will be hoping to put last weekend’s disappointing start to the season behind them, when they were narrowly beaten by Team Bath in an opening game thriller.

In a fast and furious display of top quality netball, Loughborough Lightning kicked off the eagerly-awaited encounter by powering to a 10 – 1 lead in the opening minutes, finishing the first quarter 16 – 9 in front. Lightning continued to set the tempo in the second, but Team Bath clawed their way back to take a narrow lead in the third quarter before running out eventual 47 – 44 winners.

The 15-strong Loughborough Lightning squad includes four members of the current senior England squad – Olivia Murphy (the current England captain), Karen Atkinson, Jade Clarke and Ama Agbeze. Four of the players – Sarah Penny, Becky James, Gemma Wiseman and Jade Clarke – are Loughborough University students.

Tickets for all Loughborough Lightning home games are available in advance on the ticket hotline, Tel: 01509 226250, or on the day from the Netball Badminton Centre, Loughborough University.

Prices are £5 for adults, £3 for concessions (OAPs, students and under 16s) and £13 for families (2 adults and 2 children)

The Superleague, sponsored by Figleaves.com, is England Netball’s premier domestic competition in the UK. Featuring eight teams, it will provide the sort of intense, competitive atmosphere week-in week-out that will help England’s elite players to prepare for the demands of major international competition and further England’s aim to be the leading netball nation in the world.

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For further information contact:

Hannah Baldwin, Head of PR, Loughborough University,
T: 01509 222239, E: H.E.Baldwin@lboro.ac.uk

Notes to editors

1. Any media wishing to attend the match are asked to contact Hannah Baldwin, Head of PR, in advance on 01509 222239. Please give details of any specific requirement.

2. The full Loughborough Lightning squad is:


Ama Agbeze

(Goal Shooter/Goal Attack/Goal Keeper)
  Alex Astle (Goal Shooter)
  Karen Atkinson (Wing Attack/Centre)
  Leanne Badmin (Goal Shooter)
  Laura Brown (Goal Defence/Goal Keeper)
  Jade Clarke (Wing Defence/Centre/Wing Attack)
  Rebecca James (Goal Shooter/Goal Attack)
  Jo Munnion (Goal Defence/Goal Keeper)
  Olivia Murphy – captain (Centre/Wing Attack/Wing Defence)
  Charlotte O’Neill (Wing Defence/Centre/Wing Attack)
  Sarah Penny (Goal Keeper/Goal Defence)
  Vicky Percy (Wing Defence/Centre/Wing Attack)
  Hannah Reid (Goal Keeper/Goal Defence)
  Lisa Stephenson (Goal Attack/Wing Attack)
  Gemma Wiseman (Goal Attack/Wing Attack)

3. Loughborough Lightning Superleague fixtures 2005-06


Sat 22 Oct

6pm Team Bath (A)
  Sat 29 Oct 5pm Team Northumbria (H)
  Fri 4 Nov 8pm Mavericks (A)
  Fri 11 Nov 7.30pm Leeds Met Carnegie (H)
  Sat 10 Dec 5pm Celtic Dragons (H)
  Fri 16 Dec 8pm Northern Thunder (A)
  Fri 6 Jan 8pm Brunel Hurricanes (H)
  Sat 28 Jan 5pm Team Bath (H)
  Sat 4 Feb 2.30pm Team Northumbria (A)
  Fri 10 Feb 8pm Mavericks (H)
  Sat 25 Feb 6pm Leeds Met Carnegie (A)
  Sat 29 Apr 3pm Celtic Dragons (A)
  Fri 5 May 7.30pm Northern Thunder (H)
  Fri 12 may 8pm Brunel Hurricanes (A)

4. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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