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12/02/16
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Bath ready to bounce back

The Vitality Netball Superleague is back in Round 4 action tonight as Team Bath host Team Northumbria.

After their loss at the hands of Manchester Thunder, Bath are ready to get back to winning ways tonight. Read more from the home side here:

Mid-courter Mia Ritchie believes Team Bath Netball will come back stronger from their Vitality Netball Superleague defeat to Manchester Thunder.

Team Bath go into this Friday’s home match against Team Northumbria (7.45pm) looking to bounce back immediately from the 62-37 reverse to an impressive Thunder outfit.

That was the first major setback for the new-look Team Bath squad, who were beaten just twice during pre-season and had won their opening two matches of the Superleague campaign.

And Ritchie says it is important to remember that this group is still developing, with defeats – and the way the players respond to them – all part of the learning curve.

“We as a team were disappointed with the result and performance against Thunder but we are sure going to right the wrongs this week,” said the Pocket Rocket.

“We expect so much from each other but we can’t forget that this team has only had a matter of months together to prepare for the challenge ahead.

“We know we can’t make any excuses for the result last Friday but we are only just heading into the fourth round of fixtures.

“Sometimes when you face a loss it defines you as a person or team, and this is now about how we move on and make sure we learn from our mistakes going into the Northumbria game.”

Team Northumbria will arrive at the University of Bath Sports Training Village looking for their first win of the season after a tough start.

They have lost to the top three teams in the table – Thunder, Surrey Storm and Hertfordshire Mavericks – but can boast Jamaican internationals Shanice Beckford and Nicole Dixon among their ranks, as well as vastly-experienced shooter Lynsey Armitage.

Friday’s match will be preceded by an exclusive coaching masterclass from Team Bath Netball Head Coach Anna Stembridge and Director of Netball Jess Thirlby, plus Emily Perry and Leanne Lewis. It is taking place from 6-7pm and is open to ticket holders only.

Tickets for the Northumbria game, as well as the other remaining home fixtures, are available from http://www.teambath.com/events/ticketline/ or by calling 0844 888 4412.

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Player Replacement News!

After the first two rounds of competition, three franchises have announced changes to their squads.

Team Bath have replaced Jazz Scott with Nicole Humphrys, while Lynsey Armitage came in as a last minute replacement for Lisa Bowman for Team Northumbria just before Super Saturday.

Celtic Dragons have also made a switch, bringing in Clare Jones to replace Cathy Bastian in their centre court.

To introduce you to our new Vitality Netball Superleague players, we’ve put together a profile of each to make sure you’re clued up ahead of this weekend’s Round 3 action!

TEAM BATH:

Name: Nicole Humphrys

Position: WD/C/GD

Social media: @NicoleFleur

Replacing: Jazz Scott

University of Bath student Humphrys is hoping to make her Superleague debut this season after being included in the Team Bath short squad for the first time.

Humphrys, who is studying Sport Science, plays for the University of Bath in the British Universities & Colleges Sport [BUCS] League.

She had previously represented Hertfordshire Mavericks in the National Performance League (NPL) and was selected for the England U19 Netball Europe long squad in 2014.

CELTIC DRAGONS:

Name: Clare Jones

Position: WD/C

Social media: @ClareJones03

Replacing: Cathy Bastian

Jones played for Exeter University Netball Club whilst studying Psychology. She now works at the Central Clinic in Swansea and Cefn Coed Hospital in Swansea as a Mental Health Strategy Support Officer.

Clare also represented England in the British Universities Championships in 2012.

TEAM NORTHUMBRIA:

Name: Lynsey Armitage

Position: GS

Social media: @loopylynsey19

Replacing: Lisa Bowman

The former England, Mavericks and Northern Thunder player was drafted into the Team Northumbria squad to become their oldest ever player.

Armitage came out of retirement to play out one more Vitality Netball Superleague season alongside her full-time job as an account manager for global shipping firm Cardinal Maritime.

She featured in her first game for Northumbria just three hours after meeting her new team-mates!