2012 FIAT Netball Superleague fixtures announced
08 September 2011
The 2012 FIAT Netball Superleague fixtures have been announced for the forthcoming season and they have provided some interesting fixtures for Storm fans.
The campaign starts with a mouth-watering repeat of this year’s Grand Final as Hertfordshire Mavericks welcome Storm live in front of the Sky Sports cameras at the Hertfordshire Sports Village.
The new league format means Storm are set for three home fixtures during the first stage of the season, with the first home game at Surrey Sports Park scheduled for Saturday 28 January at 7.00pm versus Loughborough Lightning.
Storm will also welcome league newcomers Yorkshire Jets on Saturday 11 February, before Celtic Dragons head to Surrey on Monday 27 February.
The fixture list has also thrown up some tough initial away fixtures, with Storm set to travel to all of last season's other top four teams; Hertfordshire Mavericks, Team Bath and Northern Thunder.
Surrey Storm 2012 Netball Superleague Stage 1 Fixtures
R1: Thu 19 Jan 8pm vs Hertfordshire Mavericks (A)
R2: Sat 28 Jan 7pm vs Loughborough Lightning (H)
R3: Fri 3 Feb 8pm vs Team Bath (A)
R4: Sat 11 Feb 7pm vs Yorkshire Jets (H)
R5: Mon 20 Feb 8pm vs Northern Thunder (A)
R6: Mon 27 Feb 8pm vs Celtic Dragons (H)
R7 Sat 3 Mar 6pm vs Team Northumbria (A)
*Stage 2 (Round 8 - 13) fixtures to be confirmed upon initial league placing after Round 7.
At this stage of the season the Superleague will be divided into two tiers. The top four teams after Round 7 will enter Tier 1 and play home and away against each other. Likewise, the bottom four teams will enter Tier 2 and follow the same competition format.
After these fixtures are completed, the top three teams from Tier 1 will automatically qualify for the Grand Final weekend. The fourth placed team from Tier 1 will then enter the FNSL play-off against the team which finishes at the top of Tier 2. This play-off will be in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Monday 14th May.
All roads in this year’s FNSL lead to the Superleague Showdown weekend, and on the 19th/20th May the journey comes to an end. On Saturday there will be two semi-finals between the top ranked team from Tier 1 against the winner of the Eliminator match and the sides ranked second and third from Tier 1. The winners of the two games then head into the Grand Final on Sunday where the winners of the FIAT Netball Superleague 2012 will be crowned. A new format with a mixture of fresh faces and experienced head will ensure that FNSL 2012 will be the most exciting, innovative and unpredictable yet!
More information about the sales process for Surrey Storm advance season tickets, season tickets, matchday tickets and hospitality will be released to registered fans and on www.surreystormnetball.co.uk on Monday 12 September.
To view the full FNSL fixtures for Rounds 1-7 click here (please note, the fixtures for Round 8 and onwards will be added in due course).