VNSL 2023 Team Lists & Transfer News

VNSL 2023 Team Lists & Transfer News

As the transfer window opens for the 2023 season of the Vitality Netball Superleague, we have got you covered with all the latest transfer news and updates. Keep checking back as this post will be updated daily to ensure you don’t miss a thing! *Last updated 29th September

What are the 2023 transfer rules? 

With the transfer signing window opening on the 8th August, all eleven VNSL clubs have until the 14th October to announce their full playing squad. Once each player has been registered with the league, clubs can then choose how and when to announce player signings.

Clubs may have a total squad of up to 15 players. This includes 12 ‘Registered Players’ and up to three ‘Training Partners’.  Matchday squads remain at 12 players, as we saw in 2022.

Squads are allowed to sign two ‘import’ players, that is, non-UK players. These players cannot play in the same third of the court at the same time.

All clubs must also adhere to a league-wide salary cap which applies to ten of their twelve registered players. Each club is allowed to sign two marquee players that may fall out with this cap.


 

From Thunderbirds to Thunder, Spar Protea Lenize Potgieter will join Manchester Thunder in 2023. Image: Danny Dalton

Manchester Thunder 

2022 Position: 1st

Coach: Karen Grieg

 

IN:

Taylor McKevitt [WD/C] – Strathclyde Sirens

Lenize Potgieter [GS/GA] – Adelaide Thunderbirds

Amy Carter [C/WD] – Injury

Elia McCormick [GD/GK/WD] – Injury

Amy Clinton [GS/GA] – Leeds Rhinos

Ella Bowen [GD/GK] – Loughborough Lightning

Iona Christian [WA/C] – Wasps

 

OUT:

Joyce Mvula [GS] – Central Pulse

Eleanor Cardwell [GS/GA] – Adelaide Thunderbirds

Laura Malcolm [C/WD/WA] – Mainland Tactix

Caroline O’Hanlon [C/WA] – Leeds Rhinos

Millie Sanders [GK/GD] – Leeds Rhinos

 

Shooters  Midcourt Defence
Lenize Potgieter

Lois Pearson

Amy Clinton

 

 

Natalie Metcalf

Amy Carter

Taylor McKevitt

Iona Christian

 

Elia McCormick

Yasmin Roebuck

Ella Bowen

Kerry Almond

Shadine van der Merwe

Amy Carter made her debut for the Vitality Roses in the 2019 nations cup and has had a long road back from injury. Image: Ben Lumley


Lightning’s Ella Clark suffered an ACL injury in the 2022 Grand Final    Image: Ben Lumley

Loughborough Lightning

2022 Position: 2nd

Coach: Vic Burgess

 

IN:

Jas Odeogberin [GD/WD] – London Pulse

 

OUT:

Ella Clark [GA/GS] – injury

Ella Bowen [GD/WD] – Manchester Thunder

Jess Haynes [GK/GD] – Severn Stars

 

Shooters Midcourt Defence
Nat Panagarry Alice Harvey
Hannah Joseph Fran Williams
Beth Cobden Zanele Vimbela
Hannah Williams Jas Odeogberin

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Bethan Dyke joins Team Bath from Severn Stars after earning her 50th cap for Wales at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Image: Ben Lumley

Team Bath

 

IN:

Jayda Pechova [GK/GD] – London Pulse

Annie O’Rourke [GD/WD] – Celtic Dragons

Bethan Dyke [WA/C] – Severn Stars

Phoebe Maslen [WD/C] – elevated

Summer Artman [GK/GD] – Severn Stars

Sophie Kelly [GA/WA] – Surrey Storm

Kadeen Corbin [GA/GS] – Saracens Mavericks

 

OUT:

Kim Borger [GS/GA] – retired

Rachel Shaw [C/WA] – retired

Anna Stembridge [Coach] – break

Layla Guscoth [GD/WD/GK] – Surrey Storm

Phumza Maweni [GK] – tba.

Sophie Drakeford Lewis [GA/WA] – Surrey Storm.

Jess Shaw [C/WA] – Severn Stars

 

Shooters  Midcourt Defence
Hannah Passmore Imogen Allison Summer Artman
Kadeen Corbin Bethan Dyke  Tash Pavelin
Betsy Creak Kirsty Harris Jayda Pechova
Sophie Kelly Phoebe Maslen Lily-May Catling
Annie O’Rouke 

After playing a role in West Coast Fever’s championship campaign, Chelsea Pitman is a huge signing for London Pulse  Image Clinton Bradbury/Bradbury Photography

London Pulse

Coach: Sam Bird

 

IN:

Jade Clarke [C/WD] – Leeds Rhinos

Chelsea Pitman [WA/C] – West Coast Fever (Australia)

 

OUT:

Jayda Pechova [GK/GD] – Team Bath

Kira Rothwell [GA/WA] – Saracens Mavericks

Tayla Honey [C/WA] – Return to Australia

Jas Odeogberin [GD/WD] – Loughborough Lightning

Peace Akinyemi [GK/GD] – Wasps

 

Shooters  Midcourt Defence
Olivia Tchine Alicia Scholes Funmi Fadoju
Berri Neil Chelsea Pitman Zara Everitt 
Sacha McDonald Jade Clarke Halimat Adio
Ash Dekker Lindsay Keable
Ellie Rattu

England international Jade Clarke adds a huge amount of experience to the Pulse midcourt   Image: Ben Lumley


Saracens shooter Kadeen Corbin announced she was leaving the franchise after only being offered a contract to play Goal Keeper, which she played occasionally in 2022. Photo: England Netball

Saracens Mavericks

2022 Position: 5th

Coach: Camilla Buchanan

 

IN:

Lisa Mather [WD/C] – Northern Stars (NZ)

Kira Rothwell [GA/WA] – London Pulse

Monique Meyer [GK/GD/WD] – South Africa

Ellie Kelk [GA/GS] – Surrey Storm

Christina Shaw [GK/GD] – Wasps

 

OUT:

Kadeen Corbin [GA/GS/GK] – Team Bath

Gabby Marshall [C/WD] – tba.

Georgia Lees [WA] – Wasps

Chloe Essam [GA] – Wasps

Kat Ratnapala [Coach] – break

 

Shooters Midcourt Defence
Ine-Mari Venter Sasha Corbin Razia Quashie
Britney Clarke Beth Ecuyer-Dale Jodie Gibson
Kira Rothwell Lisa Mather Monique Meyer
Elie Kelk Aliyah Zaranyika Christina Shaw

 


Leeds Rhinos

2022 Position: 6th

Coach: Liana Leota

 

IN:

Liana Leota [Coach] – Severn Stars

Nia Jones [WD/GD] – Celtic Dragons

Rosie Harris [C/WD] – break

Caroline O’Hanlon [C/WA] – Manchester Thunder

Millie Sanders [GK/GD] – Manchester Thunder

Paige Reed [GA/GS] – Severn Stars

Ellie Bird [GS] – Mainland Tactix (NZ)

Elle McDonald [WA/C] – Adelaide Thunderbirds (Australia)

Nicola Smith [GD/GK] – South Africa

Elmere van der Berg [GA/GS] – South Africa

 

OUT:

Jade Clarke [C/WD] – London Pulse

Sigi Burger [GS] – Severn Stars

Rhea Dixon [GA/ GS] – tba.

Amy Clinton [GS/GA] – Manchester Thunder

Tuaine Keenan [GK/ GD] – tba.

Paige Kindred [GK/WD/GD] – tba.

Lydia Walker [C/WD] – tba.

Rebekah Airey [GK/GD] – tba.

Amelia Hall [WA/C] – break

Sienna Rushton [GS/GA] – break

Tracey Robinson [Coach] – return to Australia

 

Shooters  Midcourt Defence
Ellie Bird

Elmere van der Berg

Paige Reed

Brie Grierson

 

Rosie Harris

Nia Jones

Caroline O’Hanlon

Elle McDonald

 

Vicki Oyesola

Michelle Magee

Millie Sanders

Nicola Smith

 

 

Midcourt legend Caroline O’Hanlon joins Leeds Rhinos for 2023  Image Marcela Massey


Laya Guscoth goes for the fly Image: Clare Green

Team Bath and England Roses defender has been a huge signing for Surrey Storm Image : Clare Green

Surrey Storm

2022 Position: 7th

Coach: Mikki Austin

 

IN:

Layla Guscoth [GD/WD/GK] – Team Bath

Sophie Drakeford-Lewis [GA/WA] – Team Bath

Amy Flanagan [WD/C] – break

Charlotte Dunkley [GA/GS] – elevated

Ellie Gibbons [GA/WA] – Wasps

 

OUT:

Sophie Kelly [GA/WA] – Team Bath

Abi Robson [WD/C] – Strathclyde Sirens

Ellie Kelk [GA/GS] – Saracens Mavericks

 

Shooters  Midcourt Defence
Proscovia Peace

Frankie Wells

Sophie Drakeford-Lewis

Charlotte Dunkley

Ellie Gibbons

Mikki Austin

Yasmin Brookes (Parsons)

Sophia Candappa

Niamh Cooper

Amy Flanagan

Layla Guscoth

Chartie Curtis

Felisitus Kwangwa

Leah Middleton

Grace Sullivan

Fellow English Rose Sophie Drakeford-Lewis joins Layla Guscoth at Surrey Storm   Image: England Netball


Sirens captain Gia Abernethy has announced she will retire after the 2022 season.
Image: Jamie Williamson | jamiewilliamson.com | @jwilliamsonpix

Strathclyde Sirens

2022 Position: 8th

Coach: Lesley MacDonald

 

IN:

Abi Robson [WD/C] – Surrey Storm

Natalie Bright [GD/WD] – Return from Australia

 

OUT:

Gia Abernethy [C/WA/WD] – retired

Taylor McKevitt [WD/C] – Manchester Thunder

Sarah MacPhail [GD/WD] – Severn Stars

 

Shooters  Midcourt Defence
Emma Barrie

Niamh McCall

Bethan Goodwin

 

 

Beth Dix

Abi Robson

Kelly Boyle

Claire Maxwell

 

Emily Nicholl

Abby Tyrrell

Natalie Bright

 

 

 


Cat Tuivaiti takes on her first VNSL coaching role with Wasps | Image: Andrew Taylor

Wasps

2022 Position: 9th

Coach: Cat Tuivaiti

 

IN:

Cat Tuivaiti [Coach] – Severn Stars

Chloe Essam [GA/WA] – Saracens Mavericks

Hannah Diamond [C/WA] – Oldham/Thunder pathway

Beth Gabriel [GA/GS] – Loughborough Lightning (2021)

Peace Akinyemi [GK/GD] – London Pulse

Georgia Lees [WA] – Saracen Mavericks

 

 

OUT:

Mel Mansfield [Coach] – break

Ellie Gibbons [GA/WA] – Surrey Storm

Christina Shaw [GK/GD] – Saracens Mavericks

Iona Christian [WA/C] – Manchester Thunder

Gezelle Allison [GA/GS] – tba

Lucy Parize [GA/GS] – tba

 

Shooters  Midcourt Defence
Cat Tuivaiti

Rachel Dunn

Chloe Essam

Beth Gabriel

 

 

Leah Goss

Hannah Diamond

Georgia Lees

Lauren Nicholls

Darcy Griffin (tp)

Halee Robinson (tp)

Josie Huckle

Ella Powell-Davies

Rachael Fee

Peace Akinyemi

 

 

 


Severn Stars

2022 Position: 10th

Coach: Jo Tripp

 

IN:

Jo Tripp [Coach]

Sigi Burger [GS] – Leeds Rhinos

Jess Shaw [C/WA] – Team Bath

Sarah MacPhail [GD/WD] – Strathclyde Sirens

Jess Haynes [GK/GD] – Loughborough Lightning

 

OUT:

Cat Tuivaiti [GS] – Wasps

Liana Leota [WA/C] – Leeds Rhinos

Melissa Bessell [Coach] – return to New Zealand

Summer Artman [GK/GD] – Team Bath

Iman Thomas [WD] – tba.

Paige Reed [GS/GA] – Leeds Rhinos

Bethan Dyke [WA/C] – Team Bath

Michelle Drayne [C/WA] – tba.

 

Shooters Midcourt Defence
Sigi Burger Jess Shaw Sarah MacPhail
Isabelle Eaton Jess Haynes
Lucy Herdman

 


Shaquanda Greene-Noel had us fooled. She’s not going anywhere! Image: Celtic Dragons

Celtic Dragons

2022 Position: 11th

Coach:

 

IN:

Gabby Sinclair [GA/GS] – Collingwood Magpies

Chelsea Beard (Lewis) [GS/GA] – return

Zoe Matthewman [GA/GS] – elevated

 

OUT:

Lefebre Rademan [GA/WA] – injured

Nia Jones [WD/GD] – Leeds Rhinos

Katrina Short [GS/GA] – tba.

 

Shooters Midcourt Defence
Georgia Rowe Shona O’Dwyer Shaquanda Greene-Noel
Gabby Sinclair Laura Rudland Annabel Roddy
Chelsea Beard Hannah Leighton Leila Thomas
Zoe Matthewman Clare Jones Ally Housley
Phillipa Yarranton Celyn Emanuel Millie Carter

 

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