Vitality Netball Superleague season cancelled: Coaches, players and fans react
England Netball: "Concluding the season now is the most appropriate measure to guarantee the safety of the netball family, protect the long term future of all VNSL teams"
By Sky Sports Netball
Last Updated: 28/05/20 9:53am
Vitality Netball Superleague's head coaches, players and fans have reacted to the news that the 2020 season has been cancelled.
On Wednesday morning it was announced by England Netball that the season, which had been paused after just three full rounds and two additional matches, was to be cancelled without resumption.
The statement stated that concluding the season now is the most appropriate measure to guarantee the safety of the netball family and protect the long-term future of all VNSL teams.
Following the announcement of the decision, the competition's head coaches, players and fans have taken to social media to share their reactions...
Manchester Thunder went into this new season as the defending champions. During the first three rounds Karen Greig's squad looked exceptionally cohesive and strong. The head coach shared her thoughts on the decision, as soon as the news was announced.
Gutted about this and feel EN have gone a bit early with their decision ... I know we at Thunder were fighting to have some kind of resolve so we could have a result when safe to be in that environment. 😢🖤��🐝we desperately wanted to defend our title #gutted https://t.co/rDFbrNR9Y6— Karen Greig (@kjgreigy) May 27, 2020
Devastated the season has been null & voided was really hoping for some kind of resolve when safe to do so! Huge thanks to all our #thunderfamily for all the support you gave us in our 4games this year & always, we will be back fighting and stronger, stay safe we miss you 🖤💛🐝— Karen Greig (@kjgreigy) May 27, 2020
Gutted we won’t hv opp2defend🏆in ‘20!But welfare of players,staff,volunteers&supporters is paramount!THANKS all behind scenes in @thundernetball & @debbiehallas -exhausted all avenues tryin2get us bk on court!We may not b together on court bt we remain together in spirit! 💛🖤 pic.twitter.com/P4AWkiaVyv— Caroline O'Hanlon (@cohanlon9) May 27, 2020
Mikki Austin remarkably combines the roles of director of netball, head coach and being a player at Surrey Storm and like all, she's preparing to adapt to a new normal without competitive netball.
Lots of emotions today... & a hard call to make but we all know it’s for the right reasons. We will make 2021 amazing. Definitely the longest time I’ve gone not being able to play the sport we all l❤️. For now, here’s to staying safe, staying healthy & hoping to return to normal. https://t.co/8rQB8rBYw8— 𝕐𝕒𝕤𝕞𝕚𝕟 ℙ𝕒𝕣𝕤𝕠𝕟𝕤 (@Yazparsons93) May 27, 2020
London Pulse have been training together as a group every day since the lockdown commenced. Interim CEO and head coach Samantha Bird, took to social media to praise her players' response.
The competition's newest franchise were unbeaten after their first three matches in 2020 and it looked like they were about to have a significant breakthrough season with a wealth of young and exciting talent within their ranks.
Jodie Gibson won a Commonwealth Games gold medal with England Netball on the Gold Coast in 2018. However, in recent times she's been diligently coming back from an operation on her knee. After the painstaking process of rehab, returning to court was nearly in sight...
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I was weeks away from my on court return when we went into lockdown a few months back but looks like I have to wait a few more months before I can take the court with this lot @saracensmavericks 🖤❤ Let's stay connected netball family and come back bigger and better when its safe to do so 🗣 #2020SeasonOverAndOut #2021HereWeCome
Turning to training after hearing the news certainly helped Shona while Natalie Panagarry is another who is continuing to return from injury after she fractured a bone in her foot earlier in the year.
Absolutely gutted to hear @NetballSL has been concluded. At times of adversity our actions often define us....love that @shonaodwyer smashed out a fitness session after hearing the news! Loads more still to achieve and a desire to do it! #Dedicated @celtic_dragons @WelshNetball pic.twitter.com/DytO0AGCcb— Mark O'Dwyer (@MarkOdwyer6) May 27, 2020
Vitality Netball Superleague 2020 season cancelled
Read the details regarding the cancellation of the 2020 Vitality Netball Superleague season.
One of the game's most respected umpires, Gary Burgess, has set netball fans a challenge for the 2021 Vitality Netball Superleague season...
Absolutely gutted but the right decision, made by the best people in our sport.— Gary Burgess ⒾⓊⒶ (@GaryBurgessIUA) May 27, 2020
It’s only when you lose something you realise how much you miss it.
So here’s the challenge, when Netball returns we have to make sure every match/venue is sold out!!! 2021 is going to be awesome!!! https://t.co/dBzsHooqnD
The fans themselves have also been sharing their emotions after hearing the news. Sadness is mixed with understanding, and a desire to put the players they admire first.
It has finally happened.— Chloe Merrell (@chloe_merrell) May 27, 2020
Such a great sense of sadness for this news but understandably health is, and must always be, the priority.
My heart goes out to all the players and coaches that kept training and kept working hard against the odds from March until now. https://t.co/DrTAePkvOK
Inevitable, but no less disappointing. Not just for us fans but for our brilliant players too. The #netball community is incredibly loyal and proud though, so I know we'll come together again even stronger next year to celebrate our sport 🌹 Bring on @NetballSL 2021! https://t.co/rLM91IpwaY— Hollie Brookes (@HollieCB_22) May 27, 2020