TeamBath record emphatic 69-33 victory over Leeds

21st February 2011

A devastating 13-goal salvo without reply at the start of the third quarter laid the foundations for TeamBath to record an emphatic 69-33 victory over Leeds Carnegie in the Fiat Netball Superleague tonight (Monday).
 
In seven stunning minutes the four-times Superleague champions turned a 29-25 advantage at half-time into a match-winning 42-25 lead.
 
Leeds had no reply for TeamBath’s accuracy and workrate and it wasn’t until the halfway mark of quarter three that Jo Walker finally got her team on the scoresheet.
 
TeamBath went on to take the quarter by 20 goals to four, a feat they repeated in the final quarter as their opponents flagged.
 
It was a strong all-round team performance in a game that is due to be televised on Sky Sports from Thursday.
 
England international Stacey Francis was again impressive, producing some excellent interceptions that earned her the player of the match plaudit. Twenty–year-old University of Bath student Mia Ritchie put in a full shift, completing all 60 minutes of a Superleague game for the first time, while 19-year-old Scarlett Williams, also a University student, made her Superleague debut.
 
Afterwards TeamBath head coach Jess Garland said: “We’ve been a little inconsistent this season and we wanted to put in a performance that we would all be proud of tonight – and we did that.  It was a real team effort and we feel as though we’ve put a bit of a stake in the ground tonight.
 
“We changed the midcourt a lot tonight and it proved that we’ve got lots of good options across the three midcourt positions. Every change we made had a positive impact, and that was encouraging.”
 
TeamBath captain Pamela Cookey came away with another impressive haul of goals, netting 40 from 44 attempts.
 
“In the first half there only seemed to be one or two in it, but in the second half every time we turned over ball we were taking it through to goal,” she said. “Each person did something special tonight, and not just once. We know every one we put out on court will do their job, and that’s a great place for the team to be.”
 
Leeds took an early lead in the first quarter, with goal shooter Jo Walker impressively accurate in the shooting circle and with some of TeamBath’s passes going uncharacteristically astray.  Leeds went in with a 15-13 advantage at the end of quarter one.
 
TeamBath head coach Jess Garland shuffled her pack in the second quarter, generating a lot more movement in mid-court and her side were quick to close the gap in the second quarter.
 
But despite taking a four-goal lead into the half-time interval, they couldn’t quite break away.
 
But it was a different story at the start of the third quarter, when TeamBath ran riot. It was a team performance throughout, with Francis and Eboni Beckford-Chambers making it tough for Leeds’ shooters, and with Gemma Fletcher, Ritchie and Katy Rose making sure the ball was quickly fed through to Cookey and Kirsty Delves in the shooting circle.
 
Asha Tett came on at goal attack for the final quarter with Cookey moving to shooter. TeamBath continued to press relentlessly until the final whistle, scoring 17 goals and conceding just one in the first 10 minutes of the quarter.

Tonight’s result means the reigning Superleague champions have won four of their five games this season.
 
TeamBath return to action at home on Saturday (26 February) when they host Glasgow Wildcats at the University of Bath Sports Training Village. The entertainment gets underway at 4.45pm.