72 teams battled it out at the Copperbox Arena yesterday in the bid of becoming the 2018 Red Bull Switch Up Champions. Mixed Nets proved too good on the day and remained undefeated in the Elite League and beat Oxford University 14-7 in the final.
Switch Up netball is now in it's third year, and comprises of teams of four players who compete for five-minute halves on a half-court with just one goal. With no set positions – and everyone able to shoot – the game champions the ‘all round player.’ Goals from under the post will score one point, two points from inside the small shooting circle and a goal from outside the shooting circle is rewarded with three points.
The tournament is open to everyone to enter, and includes both an Elite and Challenger League which makes it really inclusive and accessible for all.
The University of York and UCL Netball also made it to the Elite League semi-finals but were eventually knocked out by finalists Oxford University and Mixed Nets.
Manchester University have previously claimed the Elite League title after lifting the trophy in both the 2016 and 2017 tournaments, but 2018 made way for a new team of champions.
Captain of the Mixed Nets team, Jen, said it was her team's shooting which made the difference:
"The girls shot brilliantly. We kept up the defensive pressure and it just went in our favour."
"As reigning champions, I think we'll have to come back next year to defend our title."
Earlier in the day, Ribble Valley Blue were crowned champions of the Challenger League, beating Ribble Valley Green 20-8.
Relive the Elite League final here, and have a think about who could be in your team in the 2019 competition!
By Kate Lightfoot