TeamBath aim to bounce back after Mavericks defeat
TeamBath’s netballers aim to get back to winning ways when they host Leeds Carnegie on Monday (21 February) following a wafer-thin defeat at Hertfordshire Mavericks at the weekend.
The reigning champions suffered a single goal reverse at the hand of Mavericks – the team they beat in last season’s final – going down 42-41 in Saturday’s Fiat Superleague fixture.
It was TeamBath’s first Superleague defeat of the season and came despite a late surge that almost saw TeamBath overturn a 36-30 deficit in the last quarter.
Head coach Jess Garland said she could take plenty of positives from the game, including the performance of University of Bath Sports Performance student Mia Ritchie, who impressed at wing attack in only her second Superleague game and her first game of the season.
“You could say it was a risk to expose her to that game, but the reward was that she went and on did a really good job,” said Garland. “That’s staying true to the TeamBath way of doing things, which is showing confidence in our young players and exposing them to playing at this level.
“We lost it at the start of the game, but the margin was so small and we’ve got to keep things in perspective,” she added.
“We rotated so many players on Saturday and it was good to be able to expose some of our young players at this stage of the season. We’ve got more to come and I think it will be very different when we play them again later in the season.”
Saturday’s result means TeamBath are now third in the Superleague table behind the unbeaten Northern Thunder and also behind Mavericks.
TeamBath return to action on Monday when they host Leeds Carnegie at the University of Bath Sports Training Village in a televised fixture that was originally scheduled to be played in Leeds. The entertainment gets underway at 6.45pm.
“Leeds are a cohesive unit with a lot of young players and we’ll need to be smart against them,” added Garland.
The following Saturday (26 February) TeamBath host Glasgow Wildcats, with the entertainment getting underway at 4.45pm.
TeamBath statistics v Hertfordshire Mavericks
Q1: 15-10, Q2 10- 11 (25-21), Q3 11-9 (36-30) 6-11 (42-41)
TeamBath starting seven:
GS: Kirsty Delves, GA: Pamela Cookey, WA: Jo Binns, C: Serena Guthrie, WD: Stacey Francis, GD: Gemma Fletcher, GK: Eboni Beckford-Chambers.
Q3 changes: Rosie Alison to GS, Mia Ritchie to WA, Binns to C, Guthrie to WD, Francis to GD. Q4 changes: Delves to GS, Beckford-Chambers to GD, Francis to GK
Rosie Allison – 6/10 – 60 per cent
Pamela Cookey – 22/25 – 88 per cent
Kirsty Delves – 13/25 – 52 per cent