Fast5 (originally called Fastnet) is a variation of netball featuring shortened games and goals worth multiple points. The new format was announced by the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) in 2008, and was primarily developed for a new international competition, the Fast5 Netball World Series. The rules were revamped for 2012, with the variation being renamed Fast5.
In 2008, the IFNA released the details of a new, faster format of netball, which eventually became known as "fastnet". The new format was developed for a new international netball competition, the World Netball Series. According to the IFNA, the new rules were ultimately designed to make games faster and more television-friendly, with the ultimate aim of raising the sport's profile and attracting more spectators and greater sponsorship. Previously, the new rules had been trialled by England junior and senior netball squads over a 12-month period. Some of the new rules were announced in December 2008, including six-minute playing quarters and power plays; others were announced in February 2009. The new format was quickly compared to Twenty20 cricket and rugby sevens.
Fast5 features modified rules that are outlined below. Outside of these, the standard rules of netball apply (see Netball rules).
The main Fast5 competition is the Fast5 Netball World Series; presently, it is the only international competition based on the new format. It was first held in October 2009 and is contested on an annual basis between the top six national netball teams in the IFNA World Rankings. Regional fastnet competitions also emerged in 2009 in England. The Jamaica Netball Association announced plans for a domestic fastnet competition in their country starting in 2010. In the United Kingdom, the British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship was launched in 2017 and is fought by each of the teams that participate in the Netball Superleague, the elite domestic netball competition in the UK.
The 2010 World Netball Series was the second edition of the World Netball Series, an annual international netball competition held under fastnet rules. The 2010 event was held in Liverpool, England, and was contested between the top six national netball teams according to the IFNA World Rankings. After two days of round-robin matches, Jamaica and England finished on top of the standings. However, the 2010 tournament was won by New Zealand, who defeated Jamaica in the semi-final and England in the grand final.2012 Fast5 Netball World Series
The 2012 Fast5 Netball World Series was the fourth staging of the annual World Netball Series, and the first to be played under the new Fast5 rules, which replaced the older fastnet rules introduced in 2009. The tournament was held at Vector Arena in Auckland, the first time it had moved from its previous host nation England.
The 2012 tournament was contested by the six top national netball teams in 2012. New Zealand won the final against England, to record their third World Netball Fast5 series title.2013 Fast5 Netball World Series
The 2013 Fast5 Netball World Series was the fifth staging of the annual Netball World Series, and the second to be played under the new Fast5 rules, which replaced the older fastnet rules introduced in 2009. The tournament was held at Vector Arena in Auckland for the second year in a row.
The 2013 tournament was contested by the top six national netball teams in 2013. Hosts New Zealand defeated Australia in the Grand Final by 56 to 27, to record their fourth overall series victory in the tournament.2014 Fast5 Netball World Series
The 2014 Fast5 Netball World Series was the sixth staging of the annual World Netball Series. The tournament was held at Vector Arena in Auckland, for the 3rd year in a row. The 2014 tournament was contested by the six top national netball teams in 2014. New Zealand won the grand final against Australia, to record their 4th World Netball Fast5 series title.2016 Fast5 Netball World Series
The 2016 Fast5 Netball World Series is the seventh staging of the annual Fast5 Netball World Series, and the fourth to be played under the new Fast5 rules, which replaced the older fastnet rules introduced in 2009. The tournament was held in Australia for the first time with the venue being at Hisense Arena in Melbourne.The 2016 tournament is being contested by the six top national netball teams in 2016.2017 Fast5 Netball World Series
The 2017 Fast5 Netball World Series was the eighth staging of the annual Fast5 Netball World Series, and the fifth to be played under the new Fast5 rules, which replaced the older fastnet rules introduced in 2009. The tournament was held in Australia for the second time with the venue being at Hisense Arena in Melbourne.The 2017 tournament was contested by the same six teams that competed last year.2018 Fast5 Netball World Series
The 2018 Fast5 Netball World Series was the ninth staging of the annual Fast5 Netball World Series, and the sixth to be played under the new Fast5 rules, which replaced the older fastnet rules introduced in 2009. The tournament was held in Australia for the third time at Melbourne Arena in Melbourne, Victoria.The tournament was contested by the same six teams that competed last year.Bailey Mes
Bailey Mes (born 27 May 1989) is an Auckland born New Zealand netball player. She can play at goal shoot, goal attack, and wing attack. She has played for the Mainland Tactix in the ANZ Championships since 2015.In 2012, she was selected into the Silver Ferns and made her debut in the Quad Series that year, against South Africa. She was a shock selection after playing only one quarter in the 2012 ANZ season, and was picked based on a strong trial, and her natural athleticism and fitness. She played in the 2012 Constellation Cup and Quad Series, earning three caps.She was also selected for the 2012 Fast5 Netball World Series, where she was used in the goal shoot position. She performed well in a number of matches and finished with one of the highest shooting percentages in the tournament.British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship
The British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship is a netball tournament consisting of teams from the Netball Superleague, the elite-level netball league in the United Kingdom. The tournament is played under modified Fast5 rules and usually takes place over one weekend several months after the conclusion of a Superleague season.Fast5 Netball World Series
The Fast5 Netball World Series is an international netball competition that was contested for the first time in October 2009. The new competition features modified "Fast5" rules, and has been likened to Twenty20 cricket and rugby sevens. The competition is contested by the six top national netball teams in the world, according to the INF World Rankings.Jamaica national netball team
The Jamaica national netball team, commonly known as the Sunshine Girls, represent Jamaica in international netball competition. Netball is not only the number one women's sport in Jamaica but also the number one team sport in the island, based on World Rankings and recent history and the majority of the schools in Jamaica participate. Netball receives full media coverage on television, radio and in newspapers but does not get as much coverage as less successful team sports such as football and cricket. Jamaica were coached by former representative Oberon Pitterson, and captained by midcourt veteran Nadine Bryan up to the end of 2013. However, a Technical Director (Jill McIntosh) and new coach (Minneth Reynolds), were appointed in early 2014. As of 2 December 2018, Jamaica are third in the INF World Rankings. While the senior Jamaican netball team is widely known as the Sunshine Girls, the Jamaican Fast 5 netball team is known as Jamaica Fast5 or the FAST5 Girls.Kate Shimmin
Kate Shimmin (born in 1992) is Australian netball player in the Suncorp Super Netball league, playing for the Adelaide Thunderbirds.
Shimmin grew up in South Australia and was a part of the South Australian Institute of Sport Volleyball program before being offered a SASI Netball scholarship which she chose over volleyball. When she finished High School she moved to Canberra where she developed her skills at the Australian Institute of Sport.Maryka Holtzhausen
Maryka Holtzhausen (born 2 June 1987) is a South African netball player. She plays in the positions of GA and WA. She is a member of the South Africa national netball team, and competed in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore. She also participated in the 2010 World Netball Series and the 2011 World Netball Series, both held in Liverpool, UK. She played in the 2012 Quad Series, and in the same year, she won a bronze medal in 2012 Fast5 Netball World Series with the Fast5 Proteas.
Holtzhausen was the first player from her country to line up in the UK's leading competition, the Netball Superleague, joining Loughborough Lightning for the 2015 season. She has also played for Free State Crinums and Spar Proteas She's played for Severn Stars for the 2018 season and she'll be back for the 2019 season.In November 2018 Holtzhausen was the second player in South Africa national netball team history to receive her 100th cap.Mwayi Kumwenda
Mwayi Kumwenda (also known as Mwai or Mwawi; born 27 September 1989 in Mzimba, Malawi) is a Malawian netball player who plays for the Malawi national netball team, the Malawi Queens, and the Suncorp Super Netball franchise, the Melbourne Vixens.Netball
Netball is a ball sport played by two teams of seven players. Its development, derived from early versions of basketball, began in England in the 1890s. By 1960, international playing rules had been standardised for the game, and the International Federation of Netball and Women's Basketball (later renamed the International Netball Federation (INF)) was formed. As of 2011, the INF comprises more than 60 national teams organized into five global regions.
Games are played on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at each end. Each team attempts to score goals by passing a ball down the court and shooting it through its goal ring. Players are assigned specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court. During general play, a player with the ball can hold on to it for only three seconds before shooting for a goal or passing to another player. The winning team is the one that scores the most goals. Netball games are 60 minutes long. Variations have been developed to increase the game's pace and appeal to a wider audience.
Netball is most popular in Commonwealth nations, specifically in schools, and is predominantly played by women. According to the INF, netball is played by more than 20 million people in more than 80 countries. Major domestic leagues in the sport include the Netball Superleague in Great Britain, Suncorp Super Netball in Australia and the ANZ Premiership in New Zealand. Four major competitions take place internationally: the quadrennial World Netball Championships, the Commonwealth Games, and the yearly Quad Series and Fast5 Series. In 1995, netball became an International Olympic Committee recognised sport, but it has not been played at the Olympics.Netball Jamaica
Netball Jamaica is the peak governing body for the sport of netball in Jamaica. The organisation's stated objectives for Jamaica netball are to achieve national and international success in competition, encourage greater participation and spectator involvement, and ensure excellence in all spheres of the sport. The senior Jamaican netball team is known as the Sunshine Girls, while the Jamaican Fast 5 netball team is known as Jamaica Fast5 or the FAST5 Girls.Paula Thompson
Paula Thompson (17 November 1984) is a Jamaican netball player who currently plays for Jamaica internationally. She was one of the members of the Jamaican netball team which secured bronze medals at the 2010 World Netball Series, 2013 Fast5 Netball World Series, 2014 Commonwealth Games, and in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.Thompson was one of the key members who were part of the Jamaican squad which stunned defending Commonwealth Games champion and world champion, New Zealand in the bronze medal match as a part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.Samoa national netball team
The Samoa national netball team represent Samoa in international netball tests and competitions. The team are coached by Marcia Hardcastle and are co-captained by Opheira Harder-Karatau and Julianna Naoupu. As of 7 March 2018, Samoa are 15th in the INF World Rankings. They finished 12th at the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore, and 9th at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. On their debut at the Nations Cup (netball) Samoa, captained by Sanita To’o, won the tournament with a final score of 50-41 against Singapore. Samoa participated in the 2009 edition of the Fast5 Netball World Series, placing 6th in the competition.Shae Brown
Shae Brown (née Bolton; born 28 June 1989 in Melbourne, Australia) is a former Australian netball player.
Brown's domestic career began with the Melbourne Kestrels in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy in 2006. She moved to the West Coast Fever in 2008, a team she played for the in ANZ Championship for close to a decade. From 2017 onwards she played for the Collingwood Magpies in the Suncorp Super Netball league. Brown announced her retirement from professional netball at the end of the 2018 season.Both her uncle, Mark Bolton, and her husband, Mitch Brown, have played professional Australian rules football. She played for the Australian Fast5 team in the 2012 Fast5 Netball World Series where she spent time playing Goal Attack.
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