England’s Vitality Roses to host Jamaica for four-match series in 2021 | Netball News

first_img Hornsby: England Netball’s humble history-maker Jean Hornsby, England Netball’s first black player, as she reflects on her pathway to the top of the sport. The competition will be live on Sky Sports; the Vitality Netball Legends Series is a new tournament named to represent the netball players who are making their mark on the international stage Last Updated: 12/11/20 7:16pm – Advertisement – – Advertisement – “We are absolutely delighted to announce that international netball will once again be showcased on home soil,” Fran Connolly, CEO of England Netball said.“After an incredibly tough year for not only netball, but all sport, we didn’t know if this series would be possible. Getting the Vitality Roses to New Zealand for a tournament there in November was a huge feat, but to now be able to host some competition ourselves, is a huge privilege.“Whilst this series will look different from what we’re used to, without fans in attendance, we know that the netball family will be cheering on the Vitality Roses from homes across the country.“A tremendous amount of work and effort has gone into making this possible, and we will be following extensive medical guidance and ensuring strict safety protocols are in place throughout for the safety of all involved.“There’s still a lot of work to do but we are so pleased to be able to get this series agreed,” Connolly added.“Thank you to everyone at England Netball for their tireless work, Public Health England for their ongoing guidance and Netball Jamaica for making this happen.”The exact dates, venue and times of the series, which will be live on Sky Sports, will be announced in due course. England Netball has revealed its plans to host a four-match test series against Jamaica at the end of January 2021, which will be the first international competition on home soil in a year.After extensive planning, plus regular conversations with Public Health England, Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls have agreed to travel to the UK for a period of isolation before facing the Vitality Roses on court.The Vitality Netball Legends Series is a new tournament, which has been named to represent the netball players who are making their mark on the international stage.- Advertisement –center_img For the first installation of the series, the Sunshine Girls and the Vitality Roses will battle for the Jean Hornsby Cup For the first installation of the series, the Sunshine Girls and the Vitality Roses will battle for the Jean Hornsby Cup
For the first installation of the series, the Sunshine Girls and the Vitality Roses will battle for the Jean Hornsby Cup

Whicker: Clippers ride a long way on effort, but next year will require something more

first_imgThe past four Warriors teams have gotten to the NBA Finals and three of them won championships. Their first-round opponents had two wins in those four years. The Clippers duplicated that in this series. So, there’s that.But Durant ended any miracle talk with 50 points on Friday, and all of them seemed to either extend a Warriors’ spree or stop whatever the Clippers were mustering.“I promise we tried,” Clippers sixth man Lou Williams said. “Sometimes you just come across special people.”The Warriors thus sent play-by-play man Ralph Lawler to his retirement home in Bend, Ore., by honoring the 100-point Lawler’s Law. The most irreplaceable member of the Clippers’ organization laughed at halftime when someone asked him if Durant was trying to validate the Law by himself.All Durant was doing was demonstrating the Second Law. Talent wins. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Championships are won in June but arranged in July. The Clippers have a lot of money for free agents, for guys who can yawn, stretch their legs and get 50. A lot of teams have money, but if nothing else is in place, the money’s no good. At the very least, the Clippers have shown the Durants and Kawhi Leonards that they have an identifiable way of playing, a group of players more talented than anyone thinks, and none of the avoidable chaos that has consumed the Lakers. If you want to come to L.A., as many people who have full-time drivers want to do, this would seem to be the team.That, more than finishing eighth and keeping Sacramento out of the playoffs, is what the Clippers accomplished.Players came to the Clippers and got better, by the month in some cases. Take Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the 11th pick in last year’s draft.He was the only “plus” player among the first eight Clippers, if you like that stat, and he got 22 points with six assists. As the Clippers seized a 10-point first quarter lead, Gilgeous-Alexander was the main driver, literally.  They needed another epicurean night from Lou Williams, but the Warriors trapped him immediately and watched him miss 18 of 21 shots. The growth plate of this team is Gilgeous-Alexander.“There are so many things I learned this year I can’t even think of them all,” he said. “In a series like this, you learn about focus. Every possession means so much. You learn how to see the game. Doc (coach Rivers) told us before the season that we’d have to play hard every night to be successful, and we all bought into it.“There are so many things this summer I want to focus on. I think I’m going to come back with a better shot. Right now I haven’t figured out exactly what I’ll be doing. I didn’t plan on going home this early.”Nearby in the locker room, Landry Shamet was also dealing with the brick wall of elimination. He was finishing his rookie year, too, one that will always be identified with his winning shot in Game 2’s record-setting comeback. He and Gilgeous-Alexander will be the sophomore backcourt next season, depending on the supermax newcomers.“I knew Shai was a good player,” Shamet said. “I’m excited that I get to grow with him. We weren’t even together for half the season (after Shamet was acquired in the trade that sent Tobias Harris to Philadelphia).“He always was a well-rounded guy with a good feel. He’s a very balanced point guard. He’s not a pass-first or shoot-first point guard. He’s unselfish, yet he’s aggressive. He knows when to score, yet he knows how to get other guys involved. He’s just a solid player. His growth even the last couple of months has been incredible, fun to watch.”Related Articles LOS ANGELES — Rarely has a team basked in such love because it did its job.You wonder if it says more about the Clippers, who swam upstream to win 48 games and made Golden State break a furious sweat in the first round, or the NBA, where “effort” and “energy” are praised profusely because they’re not always seen.The Clippers started strongly against Golden State and then wilted under the relentless raindrops of Kevin Durant and the human smorgasbord that is Draymond Green. The Warriors won Game 6, 129-110, and the series, 4-2, and they open Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston on Sunday afternoon.“I love their team,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, not for the first time. “That’s just a beautiful basketball team. There were times when we thought we had them and we didn’t have them. They brought out our best.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Gilgeous-Alexander also is 6-foot-6 and does not turn 21 until July 12.There is also plenty in reserve. Rivers shelved Ivica Zubac in this series, for the most part, but this is a guy who went 9 for 10 at Golden State on Christmas Night, in his Lakers days.“These six games honestly felt like two months in terms of all the adjustments and the emotional roller coaster,” said Warriors point guard Steph Curry, a two-time league MVP. “It tested us. They played amazing.”No league pigeonholes its teams like the NBA, and its intelligentsia does. The Clippers’ gift to us this season was unpredictability.Like most gifts, it shouldn’t be given in back-to-back years. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more