Severn Stars

Severn Stars are an English netball team based at the University of Worcester and the University of Gloucestershire. The team is named after the River Severn, which runs through Worcester and Gloucester, the home cities of the two universities. Severn Stars were formed in 2016 and since 2017 their senior team has played in the Netball Superleague.

Severn Stars
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Founded2016
Based inUniversity of Worcester
University of Gloucestershire
RegionsWest Midlands
South West England
Home venueUniversity of Worcester Arena
University of Gloucestershire Arena
Head coachMelissa Bessell
LeagueNetball Superleague
Websitewww.severnstars.co.uk
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HistoryEdit

New franchiseEdit

In June 2016 it was announced that Severn Stars, together with Wasps Netball and Scottish Sirens, would be one of three new franchises that would join the Netball Superleague for the 2017 season.[1][2] Severn Stars were formed as a partnership between the University of Worcester and the University of Gloucestershire. They subsequently appointed Anita Navin and Pamela Cookey as directors of netball and Mo'onia Gerrard as their first head coach.[3][4][5] On 18 February 2017, with a team that included Josie Janz-Dawson and Eleanor Cardwell, Severn Stars made their Netball Superleague debut in an away game against Surrey Storm, losing 58–40.[6][7]

Notable playersEdit

2022 squadEdit

2022 Severn Stars roster
Players Coaching staff
Nat. Name Position(s) DoB Height
  Paige Reed GA, GS 9 July 1997 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
  Bethan Dyke C, WA 25 December 1994 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
  Lucy Herdman GS, GK 16 March 1996 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
  Liana Leota (c) WA, C 31 October 1984 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
  Chloe Carchrie C, WA 5 February 2001
  Cat Tuivati GS 25 October 1986 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
  Jane Taylor GA, GS, WA 27 August 2000 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
  Katie Harris GA, GS 30 June 1994 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
  Michelle Drayne C, WD, WA 22 September 1988 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
  Adi Bolakoro GD, WD, GK 3 April 1985 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
  Summer Artman GK, GD 27 April 1997 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
  Iman Thomas GD
  Issy Eaton GS, GA 4 May 2004
  Nicole Humphreys C, WD 29 September 1995 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
  Elishia New WD, C
Head coach
  • Melissa Bessell



Notes
  • (c) – Captain
  • (cc) – Co-captain
  • (vc) – Vice-captain
  •   – Injury / maternity leave
  • (TRP) – Temporary Replacement Player
Player profiles: Team website Last updated: 14 October 2021

InternationalsEdit

  England
  Australia
  Jamaica
  Malawi
  New Zealand
  South Africa
  Wales
  Zimbabwe

Home venuesEdit

On 3 March 2017 Severn Stars made their home Netball Superleague debut with a 53–46 win against Celtic Dragons at the University of Worcester Arena.[9][10] Severn Stars have also played home games at the University of Gloucestershire Arena[11][12][13]

CoachesEdit

Head coachesEdit

Coach Years
  Mo'onia Gerrard[4][14][15] 2016–2017
  Sam Bird [16][17] 2017–2019
  Melissa Bessell [18] 2019–

Directors of netballEdit

Coach Years
  Pamela Cookey[4][5][19] 2016–
  Anita Navin [3][20] 2016–

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Netball Superleague: Three new teams added, but Yorkshire Jets left out". www.bbc.co.uk. 27 June 2016. Archived from the original on 1 March 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  2. ^ "New-look 10 team Vitality Netball Superleague for 2017". www.englandnetball.co.uk. 27 June 2016. Archived from the original on 3 June 2020. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Anita Navin looks to give youth a chance at new franchise Severn Stars". www.skysports.com. 19 July 2016. Archived from the original on 3 June 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Introducing the Severn Stars Netball Team". www.severnstars.co.uk. 19 December 2016. Archived from the original on 6 July 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Netball Superleague: How Wasps and Severn Stars came into existence". www.bbc.co.uk. 17 February 2017. Archived from the original on 5 July 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Severn Stars Lose Superleague Opener to Defending Champions Surrey Storm". www.severnstars.co.uk. 19 February 2017. Archived from the original on 5 July 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Severn Stars lose Superleague opener to defending champions Surrey Storm". www.worcesternews.co.uk. 20 February 2017. Archived from the original on 5 July 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Australian netball star joins Stars for Fast5 Tournament". www.netballsl.com. 21 September 2018. Archived from the original on 7 July 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Severn Stars Gear Up for First Match in Front of Home Crowd". www.severnstars.co.uk. 3 March 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Severn Stars win first home game in Vitality Netball Superleague against Celtic Dragons". www.worcesternews.co.uk. 4 March 2017. Archived from the original on 5 July 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Severn Stars 57 Celtic Dragons 40: Report and pictures". www.worcesternews.co.uk. 28 January 2019. Archived from the original on 6 July 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Severn Stars". www.netballsl.com. Archived from the original on 15 May 2019. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Severn Stars announces Cheltenham College Sponsorship". www.netballsl.com. 5 February 2020. Archived from the original on 5 February 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  14. ^ "Severn Stars name Mo'onia Gerrard as head coach". www.skysports.com. 21 July 2016. Archived from the original on 5 July 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Severn Stars seeking to appoint new coach after Mo'onia Gerrard steps down". www.skysports.com. 22 June 2017. Archived from the original on 5 July 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Severn Stars: Sam Bird takes charge of Worcester-based Netball Superleague side". www.bbc.co.uk. 28 July 2017. Archived from the original on 8 July 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  17. ^ "Netball: Head coach Sam Bird leaving Severn Stars". www.worcesternews.co.uk. 6 May 2019. Archived from the original on 5 July 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  18. ^ "Severn Stars Appoints New Head Coach". www.severnstars.co.uk. 22 July 2019. Archived from the original on 6 July 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Pamela Cookey: Ex-England captain retires to take Severn Stars role". www.bbc.co.uk. 22 August 2016. Archived from the original on 1 April 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  20. ^ "Severn Stars launch 2020 campaign". www.netballsl.com. 19 February 2020. Archived from the original on 5 July 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.

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