SEVERN Stars boss Melissa Bessell wants an error-free display to take victory in their 2020 Vitality Netball Superleague opener.

Stars launch their fourth season against Saracens Mavericks on Saturday (2.30pm) with matches involving all 10 teams at a packed Arena Birmingham.

Bessell, in her first term as head coach after starting last September, said: “We need to stick to our game plan, our structures and play like it’s our last game of netball that we will ever play.

"Every team has been training hard, wants to win and be competitive but ultimately it will come down to the team that makes the least amount of errors on the day. This is what we must ensure we do.

“I definitely think that with the high calibre of players in Stars this season and the experience and knowledge we have something special and I am very excited to watch us grow.

"However, it’s sport and anything can and will happen. You can have the best players in the sport but if we can’t do the basics very well this is all out the window.”

Bessell feels Saracens are going to be one of the top teams this year.

She said: “Mavericks are a quality side and we have a lot of respect for them as we do for all the other teams in the Superleague.

“They have an experienced, solid team this year. They have huge amounts of experience, especially with their England players, so we are ready for a hard battle.”

Stars, who finished sixth last year, will combine new faces alongside returning players.

New Zealand star Liana Leota and England’s Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning captain Ama Agbeze are among the standouts.

“I am really excited,” said Bessell. “We have been training hard since before Christmas and the players and I really just want to get started now.

"Training has been of a high intensity and great quality. I have really changed things up this season, made things very different from my usual sessions and the girls have responded positively.

"We have created a new Stars ethos and everyone is responsible and accountable and I am loving it.”

She said the team’s pre-season performances had given huge encouragement despite being without her imported players and Agbeze at times.

Bessell added: “It has given me some great data on the real depth of our team.

"Everyone has been given much more court time and we have been able to explore different combinations.

"However, the real bonus has been building our strong team culture.”

Stars’ first home game is on the following Saturday against defending champions Manchester Thunder at the University of Worcester Arena.