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Team Bath celebrate end-of-season awards

Team Bath’s Superleague, U21 and U19 squads celebrated the 2017 season at their Player of the Season awards dinner.

Attacking ace Rachel Shaw won the Superleague Players’ Player prize, while the Coaches’ Player award went to star defender Layla Guscoth after a season where the Sitec-sponsored Blue and Gold reached the Final Four.

MJ Church ambassador Samantha Cook won the public vote for Fans’ Player of the Year and the Endeavour Award went to England U21 international Imogen Allison, a King Sporting Scholar at the University of Bath.

The U21 Players’ Player award went to a University student, Imogen Spark, while Superleague training partners Ella Powell-Davies and Abi Robson won the Endeavour and Coaches’ Player awards respectively.

The U19 Players’ Player accolade went to Kirsty Harris and Lauren Wood took the Endeavour Award.

Team Bath Director of Netball Jess Thirlby said: “It is always important for us as a franchise to recognise the outstanding performances of our teams, players and staff across the season, and to take a moment to say thank you to the team behind the teams who often go unnoticed.

“I always have a huge sense of pride to see everyone in the room together – players past, present and future and the coaches that have supported them on their journeys to date.

“The Superleague season in particular was a rollercoaster and so this was a chance to take stock and recognise all that we have achieved, not least the upturn in form that got us to the finals weekend.

“It was a season with many firsts too and our inaugural U21 team did a fantastic Job in representing the Blue & Gold, as did our talented U19s. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their efforts.”

Team Bath players also attended the Netball South West Goalden Globes Awards, a celebration of grass-roots volunteers and players across the region.

Action from the Superleague netball match between Severn Stars and Manchester Thunder at the University Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester. Picture by Jonathan Barry 6.5.17

Gerrard leaves role at Severn Stars

The Severn Stars netball team will be looking to appoint a new Head Coach to spearhead its campaign next season.

Mo’onia Gerrard, who led the team in its debut Superleague campaign, has stepped down from the role to commit more time to her young family.

However, she remains part of the team set-up as a technical coach and will come in to give players the benefit of her defensive expertise at various points throughout next season.

The team, a joint franchise between the University of Worcester and the University of Gloucestershire, has started the process of appointing a replacement Head Coach to build on the team’s progress ahead of the coming season.

Mo’onia said: “I have loved being a part of the Severn Stars’ inaugural season in the Vitality Netball Superleague as Head Coach.  I feel the club has made great progress in a short period of time and I am excited to see the success of the club as it moves forward.

“Although I will be stepping aside as Head Coach to spend more time with my family I will be staying involved in a different capacity and will contribute to the growth of the club.  Thanks to all the fans for their support in our first year and I look forward to seeing everybody in the next season.”

Severn Stars Director of Netball, Pamela Cookey said: “Mo’onia has been a key part of our Severn Stars journey and has had a great impact on the players.

“Though we will be losing her in the Head Coach role, Mo’onia will still be involved in the team’s development as a technical coach throughout next season. I would like to thank Mo’onia on behalf of all at Severn Stars for everything she has done for the team in this capacity, in our inaugural season, and know the ethos and team spirit she has fostered will continue into next season.

“We’ll be looking to recruit a new Head Coach as quickly as possible to take the team forward and build on the base Mon has laid down.”

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Wasps crowned 2017 Superleague Champions

Wasps Netball have been crowned as champion’s in their first ever Vitality Netball Superleague season.

Tamsin Greenway’s team toppled favourites Loughborough Lightning in a dramatic Grand Final, which saw Wasps win 55-51 at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.

It was a closely fought clash that was still up for grabs until the final minutes, when captain Hannah Reid intercepted the ball to win the league title game for her team.

Wasps Director of Netball Tamsin Greenway said: “It could have gone either way.  It was the right final and the right two teams, we really showcased the best of netball today.

“I’m so proud of how we came through that at the end and everything that this group has done this season.

“We needed to win the ball earlier and to beat Lightning you have to take Peace Proscovia out of the equation and we had to make it harder for them to reach her.

“The support here was incredible today, the crowd, the chants, having the home support was brilliant.

“When Hannah Reid made that last interception I knew we’d won it, I said someone would be a star today but she has been a star all season.”

Peace Proscovia showed why she is one of the most feared shooters in the Superleague, proving lethal in the opening stages for Loughborough Lightning.

Both teams set a high pace for the Grand Final in the first quarter, with players flying to the ball all over the court and looking to force turnovers.

The combination of Greenway and Bongi Msomi in the midcourt set the tone for Wasps, looking to find veteran goal shooter Rachel Dunn at every opportunity.

With both sides exchanging goals with impressive attacking play, the first quarter ended with Wasps holding a slender one goal lead.

Wasps endured a tough start to the second quarter, with missed shots and mistakes leading to four unanswered Lightning goals.

But behind Dunn’s shooting and some fine defensive play, Wasps were back in the lead but only led by one at half-time.

Wasps started well after the break, with a flurry of goals from Dunn and Nat Haythornthwaite extending the lead.

Lightning stormed back, with Nat Panagarry exerting her influence from centre and disrupting Wasps play.

Only one goal separated the sides as the game entered the final 15 minutes and the atmosphere intensified.

Both teams maintained their offensive efficiency, with Dunn and Proscovia trading goals at both ends.

With one minute to play, Wasps captain Reid produced a incredible steal to give her team the ball back and gift her team the title of 2017 Superleague champions.

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Here comes the Final Four!

After 18 gruelling rounds of action, four teams have risen above the rest and they face one final weekend to determine who will be crowned 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague Champions!

Having dominated the regular season, Loughborough Lightning head into the semi-finals as top seeds and will face five-time NSL champions, Team Bath.

The two sides first met in Round 3 when Lightning visited the south-west and stole all three points with a hard fought 41-47 victory.

In Round 10 the battle headed to the East Midlands when again a resolute display from the table toppers saw them take the win, this time 49-40.

Karen Atkinson’s team will be favourites having suffered just one loss during the regular season but the Blue and Gold enter the Final Four on a run of seven wins in eight matches.

The second semi-final on Saturday sees Wasps Netball face off with Manchester Thunder.

Having started the season slowly, Thunder continued their rise in Round 6 with a tremendous 52-58 success over Wasps in the West Midlands.

The two teams were closely matched throughout the campaign as they battled for second place in the table and it was Wasps who got the upper hand with a thumping 44-58 win in Manchester during Round 15.

With one win a piece during the 2017 season, this fight for a place in the Grand Final is expected to go all the way.

Both semi-finals will be aired LIVE on Sky Sports Mix.

Sunday begins with the traditional 3rd place play-off before all eyes then turn to the Grand Final as the 2017 Champions are crowned.

The Grand Final will also be shown LIVE on Sky Sports Mix from 4:30pm but who will be battling it out for the biggest title in British netball?

Stay updated with the latest scores and news from the Vitality Netball Superleague by following the official @NetballSL twitter account.

Final Four fixtures

Saturday 10th June:

Lightning v Bath, 4pm, LIVE on Sky Sports Mix from 3:30pm

Wasps v Thunder, 6:15pm, LIVE on Sky Sports Mix from 6pm

Sunday 11th June:

3rd Place Play-Off, 2:30pm

Grand Final, 5pm, LIVE on Sky Sports Mix from 4:30pm

You can stay up to date no matter where you are this season by downloading the fabulous new Vitality Netball Superleague app now!

A limited number of tickets for the Final Four and are available through The Ticket Factory.