Thrilling end to Vitality Netball Series

Vitality competition winner joins the Roses for nail-biting series decider 

Last weekend the Vitality Netball International Series (VNIS), part of the Netball Quad Series, headed to the Copper Box Arena, London for the final two rounds of fixtures. Highlights of the series included an incredible marathon match between South Africa and New Zealand on Sunday, with the NZ Silver Ferns needing 14 minutes of extra time and the further six minutes of play to create the two-goal cushion that would end the match.

In the final match of the series, the Vitality Roses beat number one ranked side the Australian Samsung Diamonds by a thrilling 52 – 49. The home side ensured that they ended the tournament on a high note after their shock loss to South Africa on Saturday, by beating Australia for the first time in the competition. However, they did not quite reach the five-goal winning margin that would have secured their first-ever Quad Series title.

Our team were on hand to deliver the Vitality Race of Skill half time activation – giving groups of fans in the arena the chance to showcase their netball skills in a race against the clock – and host the winner of the 'Join the Vitality Roses' competition, which was run in conjunction with CSM Engage.

The winner received a once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk out of the tunnel with the Vitality Roses, a backstage tour with Vitality Roses Commonwealth Games winning captain, Ama Agbeze and an exclusive squad meet and greet.

The competitiveness of this 2019 VNIS Quad Series highlights just how closely fought the Vitality Netball World Cup will be in July. And, with the rest of the nations ready to come into the mix, including Jamaica – ranked third in the world – the tournament is set to be the most competitive yet.

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