Fans flock to FAST5 swan song - 7 November 2014

Auckland is set to make its swan song hosting the FAST5 Netball World Series with the most exhilarating, exciting and entertaining tournament yet. Over the two days of the tournament, starting this afternoon, over 14,000 fans - in their fantastic, flamboyant costumes - will flood into Vector Arena.

Tournament Director Kate Agnew says there are limited tickets available for both days. "This is going to be the most exciting year ever for FAST5. All six teams have come to Auckland with the most fantastic attitude. They are set to entertain and enjoy themselves, but also to play great netball - and win."

All six teams - New Zealand, Australia, England, South Africa, Jamaica and Malawi - have been preparing not only for their on-court performance, but off-court too. A highlight of past FAST5 tournaments in Auckland has been the team dances, and some nations are promising a performance before every game they play in.

This year's event also promises bigger and better entertainment from the sidelines as well. Favourite New Zealand singers Annie Crummer and Jackie Clarke will feature at Vector Arena during the FAST5 Half Time Show, with special guests Soul of Siren, Identity Hip Hop and plenty of surprises along the way. Popular boy band Moorhouse are also back in 2014, with feature performances on Sunday. New for 2014 is the inclusion of DJ duo, the Sweet Mix Kids, who promise to keep the fans on their feet over the two days.

"We're looking forward to a fantastic weekend that showcases not only the best of international netball, but also showcases Auckland," Kate Agnew says.

The world body for Netball, INF, is meeting in the city this weekend to determine where the next FAST5 tournament will be held. One thing is for certain, Auckland has raised the bar to new heights over the past three years.

Initially published in www, on 7 November 2014