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Open Challenge begins tomorrow

The Isle of Man finished as runners-up at the Open Challenge in 2018

First game gets underway at 9am

The opening match of the Netball Europe Open Challenge takes place at the NSC tomorrow morning.

It will mark the start of the first ever international tournament on the Isle of Man.

Twenty-one matches will be played over a four-day period from Thursday to Sunday.

A UK Armed Forces side meet Gibraltar at 9am as the action gets underway, with seven nations in total contesting the Open Challenge.

2018 champions Republic of Ireland and Emirates are also competing as the Isle of Man aims to go one better than their second-place finish last year.

The final game of the tournament seeing Cayman Islands and Israel go head-to-head on Sunday.

Maggie Jackson from Netball Europe says there were a number of nations who wanted to host the event:

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