Featuring a mix of Lightning stalwarts, young talent, and international players, Bayman aims to once again take her side to the final after being crowned champions in 2018.
Last week, Lightning unveiled their All-Star pick for the competition with the world-class shooter, and England Roses centurion, Jo Harten, returning to Loughborough Lightning for one day only after eight years away from the side.
All-Star picks allow teams to draft in netball superstars from anywhere in the world to feature in their side. With plenty of points up for grabs, teams aim to secure the best shooters in the world to bolster their team.
Of her side, Bayman commented:
“I think we’ve got a nice blend of youth and experience within our squad. Fast5 is ultimately about having fun and players expressing themselves and I believe we have some of the most exciting players in the world at the moment. I’m also proud of the fact that Lightning alumni want to return for this tournament and it should be an incredible experience for everyone involved.”
Also featuring for Lightning for the first time is Scottish captain Claire Maxwell, who has re-signed with Strathclyde Sirens for the regular season. A mid-court powerhouse, Maxwell’s speed and ferocity on court will match the fast-paced action of the tournament and further boost Lightning’s squad.
The Fast5 format is netball’s very own Twenty20 style competition. Matches last ten minutes with only five players allowed on court at any time. Coaches will also have access to a golden buzzer, which when pressed allows teams to double their points for that two minute period.
The most exciting element of the competition, however, is the shooting points system where teams are rewarded with higher points the further out from the post the shot is made.
After a live draw on Sky Sports, Lightning will face reigning Superleague champs Manchester Thunder in their opening match, with the result determining their course for the day.
The entire tournament will be shown live on Sky Sports, so make sure to tune in or follow Loughborough Lightning on Twitter for updates throughout the day.
Jo Harten (All-Star)