Team Bath name blend of youth and experience
A blend of youth and experience feature in an exciting Team Bath squad for the 2013 Netball Superleague campaign.
Team Bath welcome back four senior England internationals to their squad for 2013 – Rosie Allison, Pamela Cookey, Stacey Francis and Serena Guthrie all return to play for the four-time Superleague champions.
They return to a Team Bath squad that includes a host of talented young players who helped the team to fourth place in the 2012 Superleague.
They include Kadeen Corbin, Yasmin Parson and Mia Ritchie, who all featured in last season’s Superleague campaign and went on to make their senior England debuts in 2012, and Samantha Cook, who impressed in defence for Team Bath last season.
Gemma Stewart, formerly Fletcher, features in her eighth Superleague campaign – she will be the only player to have played in all eight Superleagues for Team Bath.
The 2013 squad took time out of their busy training routine this morning to take part in a pre-season photoshoot at the Roman Baths, one of the city’s most famous tourist attractions.
Jess Garland, Team Bath Head Netball Coach, said: “It’s going to be an exciting year for us. We’re doing what Team Bath always tries to do, which is to have a fusion of all the right ingredients.
“It’s great to welcome back some of our big guns,like Pamela, Stacey and Serena.
“We also have the core of the young and talented squad that did so well for us in 2012 and we’ve added some up and coming youngsters from our Netball Talent League squad.
“People will have high expectations of us this year, but they won’t be as high as our own,” she added. “Our challenge now is to make sure we combine well to make sure we are the strongest and most cohesive team we can be so that we can fulfil our ambitions.”
Team Bath are the most successful team in Superleague history, winning four of the seven competitions contested to date, with victories in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.
It as an achievement that earned the team a place in the 2013 Guinness Book of Records.
The 14-strong core squad includes three current University of Bath students – Rosie Allison, Mia Ritchie and Yasmin Parsons, and five graduates, Pamela Cookey, Kadeen Corbin, Asha Francis, Stacey Francis and Amanda Trounce.
Team Bath will get their 2013 campaign underway at home to Celtic Dragons on Thursday 7 February in a game being televised live by Sky Sports.