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FAST5 is back! The FAST5 Netball World Series resumed last year in Christchurch, New Zealand, with Australia and South Africa competing in the final. South Africa claimed silver, recording their best result in the competition to date.

Netball New Zealand has been awarded the hosting rights through 2024, with Christchurch as the host city.

The world’s top six ranked teams – Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, England, South Africa, and Malawi – have been invited to compete in the shortened form of the game from 11-12 November 2023. This will also mark the first time South Africa’s Men’s FAST5 team competes in the series. The men will face their counterparts from Australia and New Zealand.

FAST5 is netball like you’ve never seen before: five players per side, shorter quarters, power plays, and super shots – this is a game you won’t want to miss!

South Africa’s FAST5 Women’s Squad:
Zandré Smit, Amber Coraizin, Nozipho Ntshangase, Jeanie Steyn (C), Sian Moore, Nomfundo Mngomezulu, Shannen Bartlett (VC), Danielle Van Nieuwenhuysen, Tinita Van Dyk and Ané Retief.
Non-Traveling: Chantelle Swart, Didintle Keebine

Martha Mosoahle-Samm (Head Coach)
Erin Burger (Assistant Coach)
Tholakele Nsele (Team Manager)
Narita du Toit (Physiotherapist)

South Africa’s FAST5 Men’s Squad:
Shane Labuschagne, Riyazz Lavendal, William Lethoko, Itumeleng Mohanoe, Njabulo Nekhavhambe, Vukile Zulu, Zakhele Msimango, Athenkosi Pieterse, Kabelo Mahalane and Nico Pieters
Non-Traveling: Kgontsi Mabusela

Neville Chapepa (Head Coach)
Themba Ntuli (Assistant Coach)
Olian Thobejane (Team Manager)
Matome Seroto (Physiotherapist)

The FAST5 Netball World Series will be broadcast 11-12 November 2023 LIVE on SuperSport Variety 4 (Channel 209) from 01:15 on 11 November and 00:45 12 November. All times CAT.

*South Africa’s Women’s and Men’s FAST5 matches

11-Nov-2023 England vs South Africa 03:00 CAT
11-Nov-2023 Men: Australia vs South Africa 03:45 CAT
11-Nov-2023 South Africa vs Australia 05:15 CAT
11-Nov-2023 South Africa vs Jamaica 07:45 CAT
12-Nov-2023 New Zealand vs South Africa 02:30 CAT
12-Nov-2023 Men: New Zealand vs South Africa 03:15 CAT
12-Nov-2023 Malawi vs South Africa 05:30 CAT
12-Nov-2023 Men Final 06:30 CAT
12-Nov-2023 5th/6th Place Play-off 07:20 CAT
12-Nov-2023 3rd/4th Place Play-off 08:10 CAT
12-Nov-2023 Final 09:00 CAT

*Schedule subject to change at short notice.

Some quick rules
Substitutions: FAST5 includes rolling substitutions, which means a change can be made at any stage of the game, during breaks or during play.

Power Play: The last 90 seconds of playing time in each quarter is designated as the ‘Power Play Period’ for both teams. During the ‘Power Play Period’ all goals scored a doubled.

Centre Passes: All centre passes will be taken by the team that did not score the last goal. The coin toss at the start of the game determine which team takes the first centre pass in each quarter. The coin toss winner: Chooses the centre pass in either the 1st and 3rd quarters or 2nd and 4th quarters. The coin toss loser: Takes the first centre pass in the quarters not chosen by the winning team.

Goal Scoring: There are three different scoring zones in FAST5. Inner circle (3,5m) for 1 point. Outer circle (3,5m-4,9m) for 2 points. Goal third for the Super Shot 3 points.

Timing: Four six-minute quarters with a four-minute interval at halftime and two-minute intervals after the first and third quarters.

The Team: In FAST5 there’s only five playing positions with two shooters (GS and GA), two defenders (GK and GD) and one midcourter (C).