Netballers prepare for Superleague Showdown League

19th March 2013

Team Bath’s netballers have made sure of a top-three finish in phase one of the Superleague – and with it a place in the Showdown League for phase two.
 
Team Bath overcame Yorkshire Jets 54-51 in Friday night’s penultimate phase one game.
 
They travel to Hertfordshire Mavericks on Friday (22 March) for their last game of phase one in joint first place with Surrey Storm.
 
Defender Samantha Cook made a welcome return from injury against Jets playing the second half of the game.
 
Head coach Jess Thirlby said the Mavericks clash is an important fixture for the team. “It's a really important game for us and Bath v Mavericks has never let anyone down. It’s an important part of our preparation for phase two.”
 
Eight of Team Bath’s players will be away on England duty between the Mavericks fixture and the ShowdownLeague – with Pamela Cookey, Kadeen Corbin, Serena Guthrie, Stacey Francis and Mia Ritchie travelling to Jamaica with the senior England team and Rosie Allison, Samantha Cook and Yasmin Parsons in Australia with the under-21s.
 
“After this game eight of our players will be away on tour with England, so we won’t have them together to train as a team,” said Thirlby.
 
“That said, they will be away playing top quality competitive netball, so we’d expect them to come back prepared, match fit and ready to go for the second phase of the Superleague.”