2023 NSL Season Preview: Severn Stars

THE 2023 Netball Super League (NSL) season is just around the corner, and clubs and fans alike are gearing up for another exciting season.

After an eventful off season the 10 NSL clubs are ready to go for another year, and to prepare for the season we here at Rookie Me Central are going to go around the league and take a look at where each of the clubs sit ahead of the new season.

First up it is over to Worcester to take a look at the Severn Stars.

The 2022 season could have gone just about as bad as possible for the Severn Stars.

They did win three games, but finished last on the ladder with a significantly bad goal difference.

With this in mind, change has certainly been the flavour of the offseason at the Stars, both on and off the court.

One of the big changes at the Stars that occurred in the offseason is that they have a new head coach.

Former New Zealand A and Saracen Mavericks defender Jo Trip has come to the Stars and will be the head coach this coming season. She replaces fellow Kiwi Melissa Bessell, who had to return to New Zealand for family reasons.

A very different line up is set to take the court in 2023 for the Stars.

Leading the defenders is Lucy Herdman, who is back for a third season with the Stars, but is joined by three different faces this season.

Rebekah Airey has come across from Leeds and played in the Manchester side that won the title in 2019, while Jess Haynes has come across from Loughborough where she was a Training Partner last season.

The fourth member of the defensive quartet is head coach Trip, who will take on a playing coach dual role this season.

The midcourt for the Stars this season is completely brand new.

Gabriella Marshall has come into the club across from the Mavericks, and has represented England across four different age groups, while Scot Sarah Macphail played at last year’s Commonwealth Games and has come across from the Sirens.

Jessica Shaw has come across from Bath and played for England at the Youth World Cup in 2017, while former Loughborough Training Partner Kelsie Taylor has also come across and could make her NSL debut this season.

There is a distinct international flavour to the Stars’ shooting circle this season.

Issy Eaton is sticking around for her third season at the club, but will be joined by three new faces this season.

South African Sigrid Burger has come across from Leeds, while Kiwi Grace Namana has moved across the other side of the world to join the team from ANZ Premiership side the Northern Mystics.

The fourth member of this quartet is 16 year old Lily Smith, who has come across from the Wasps Under 17s side and could also make her NSL debut this year.

All these inclusions means that plenty of faces have also departed the Stars since the end of last season.

Paige Reed has gone to Leeds, Bethan Dyke and Summer Artman have gone to Bath, while former captain Liana Leota has gone to Leeds.

Cathrine Tuivaiti, Iman Thomas and Michelle Drayne are also among those that have left the club.

Severn Stars Squad 2023

Defenders – Jess Haynes, Jo Trip, Lucy Herdman and Rebeka Airey

Midcourters – Gabby Marshall, Jess Shaw, Kelsie Taylor and Sarah McPhail

Shooters – Grace Namana, Issy Eaton, Lily Smith and Sigi Burger

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