Nine’s Wide World of Sports will bring netball fans the FAST5 Netball World Series live from 1.30pm AEDT on October 29 and 30 on GEM.
The new five-a-side series at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena will see the top six international netball teams (Australia, Jamaica, England, New Zealand, South Africa, Malawi) play off in a fast-paced, exciting two-day tournament.
Starring in the 24-minute games will be players like Australian Diamonds Caitlin Thwaites and Paige Hadley, Silver Ferns super shooter Maria Tutaia, England legends Geva Mentor and Jo Harten, and the Malawi Queens’ Mwayi Kumwenda.
Nine’s director of sport, Tom Malone, said: “As the new home of netball we are super excited about our first broadcast, and what a cracking way to start with FAST5 Netball – the best players in the world competing in a high-octane format, live and free and in prime time.”
Hosted by Today news presenter Sylvia Jeffreys, the FAST5 Wide World of Sports commentary panel will include Australian netball legends Liz Ellis and Sharelle McMahon, and two current Diamonds champions, captain Laura Geitz and fireball and fan favourite Sharni Layton. Joining them will be expert commentators and former elite players Anne Sargeant, Jenny Woods and Sue Gaudion.
Nine’s head of netball, Keeley Devery, said: “We’re thrilled to have Australia’s best netballers and coaches join us to commentate on this groundbreaking concept. The weekend is going to be an awesome way to showcase the new era of broadcasting this elite spot.”
A Celebrity FAST5 Match will also be held over the weekend – featuring some of TV and radio’s biggest stars, including Today’s Karl Stefanovic and Tim Gilbert, The NRL Footy Show’s Erin Molan, The AFL Footy Show’s Billy Brownless, Nine News weather presenter Livinia Nixon, Wide World of Sports’ John Steffensen, as well as Triple M Sydney’s Gus Worland and surprise guests. They will be joined by some of Australia’s best netballers in what will undoubtedly be a highly competitive, highly amusing hybrid of the FAST5 game.