FAST5 World Series Flies Onto 9Gem

Nine’s Wide World of Sports is ready for the best netballers in the world to square off in the short, sharp and action-packed FAST5 Netball World Series live from 1.30pm AEDT this Saturday and Sunday on 9GEM.

The exciting five-a-side series at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena will pit the top six international netball teams (Australia, Jamaica, England, New Zealand, South Africa, Malawi) against each other in a ferociously fast-paced, two-day tournament. 

Starring in the 24-minute games will be world-class netballers such as Australian Diamonds Gretel Tippett, Kate Moloney and Paige Hadley, New Zealand captain Storm Purvis, England’s Super Netball star trio Geva Mentor, Jo Harten and Serena Guthrie, and Jamaican shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid.

Nine’s Director of Sport, Tom Malone, said: “A tremendous first season for netball on the Wide World of Sports will be capped off with the most electrifying format there is in prime-time. Our FAST5 Netball broadcast will feature the best commentators in the world combined with the best players in the world as they compete in this rapid format, live and free for viewers.”

Hosted by Nine News presenter and The NRL Footy Show’s Erin Molan, the FAST5 Wide World of Sports commentary team will be led by Australian netball legends Liz Ellis, Sharelle McMahon, Cath Cox and Anne Sargeant, along with expert commentators Jenny Woods and Sue Gaudion.

Nine’s Head of Netball, Keeley Devery, said: “We’re all geared up for a spectacular weekend of netball in the short form, with over 15 hours of the FAST5 World Series featuring some of the biggest names in the game. This modern concept, which includes  the fun-filled celebrity match, is set to showcase all the best elements of the game under the one roof on 9GEM, so don’t miss any of the action across the weekend.”

The Celebrity FAST5 Match will also return – featuring some of TV’s biggest stars, including The Block’s Dan Reilly, Getaway’s Catriona Rowntree, athletics star John Steffensen, Family Food Fight judge Hayden Quinn, Nine News weather presenter Livinia Nixon, as well as Australian Ninja Warrior’s Ashlin Herbert and Georgia Bonora, along with other special guests. 

They will be joined by netball stars Kim Green, Caitlin Bassett and Laura Langman in what will undeniably be a highly competitive yet very amusing version of the FAST5 game.

9Now will exclusively live stream all the FAST5 games at Nine’s will provide up-to-the-minute scores, latest netball news and commentary. 


• Each game is played over 4 x 6-minute quarters
• Teams consist of 5 players on court – GS, GA, C, GD, GK
• There are three shooting areas with goals worth 1, 2 or 3 points
• Teams can select one quarter as their “power-play” quarter with all goals worth double points
• Unlimited rolling substitutions may be made during play



Saturday, October 28 – from 1.30pm* AEDT
Game 1: 1.45pm Australia Vs Malawi
Game 2: 2.30pm South Africa Vs Jamaica
Game 3: 3.15pm New Zealand Vs England
Game 4: 4.00pm Australia Vs Jamaica
Game 5: 4.45pm England Vs Malawi
Game 6: 5.30pm New Zealand Vs South Africa
Game 7: 6.15pm Jamaica Vs Malawi
Game 8: 7.00pm England Vs South Africa
Game 9: 7.45pm Australia Vs New Zealand

Sunday, October 29 – from 12.00pm* AEDT

Game 10: 12.15pm Malawi Vs South Africa
Game 11: 1.00pm Australia Vs England
Game 12: 1.45pm New Zealand Vs Jamaica
Game 13: 2.30pm Australia Vs South Africa
Game 14: 3.15pm New Zealand Vs Malawi
Game 15: 4.00pm Jamaica Vs England | 4.45pm to 5.30pm FAST5 CELEBRITY MATCH
Game 16: 5.45pm Play-off for 5th/6th
Game 17: 6.35pm Play-off for 3rd/4th
Game 18: 7.25pm GRAND FINAL

*Broadcast times are subject to change and check local guides for details.

For interviews or more information please contact Nine Publicity:
Ryley McKay – Wide World of Sports 
P: 02 9965 2727  M: 0413 378 052

Thursday, October 26, 2017