Team Bath prepare for epic Superleague semi

18th May 2013

Team Bath host Manchester Thunder in Sunday’s (19 May) Netball Superleague semi-final in what promises to be one of the most exciting fixtures of the season.
 
Team Bath are most successful team in Superleague history having won four of the seven titles contested date while Thunder go into the semi-final at the University of Bath Sports Training Village as defending champions.
 
The two sides have met once before this season in Manchester in Phase 1 of the Superleague, when Team Bath ran out winners by a single goal at 55-54.
 
Team Bath made sure of a home fixture by finishing top of the Showdown phase of the Superleague. Thunder, meanwhile, came top of the Challenger League and then beat Hertfordshire Mavericks 47-38 in thefourth/fifth place play-off last night (Thursday) to secure their place in the semis.
 
The prize at stake when the two teams meet is a place in the Superleague Grand Final at Worcester on Saturday 25 May against the winner of Monday night’s Celtic Dragons v Surrey Storm semi.
 
Team Bath head coach Jess Thirlby said: “We’ve come into some good form in the last couple of games and our training intensity has been really good.
 
“We played our best netball of the season against Surrey Storm on Monday so we have some good momentum and confidence, but you can’t make any assumptions or take anything for granted in an all-or-nothing game like the one on Sunday."
 
Sunday’s game will be screened as live on Sky Sports next week – check TV schedules for details. And there’s also live coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, starting at 7pm.