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Sky Netball masterclass with Team Bath

Sky Netball have been treating us to a series of masterclasses across this 2016 Vitality Netball Superleague season.

If you were watching Monday’s match between Hertfordshire Mavericks and Yorkshire Jets on Sky Sports 2 you’ll have seen an attacking masterclass.

Led by Tamsin Greenway, with the help of Team Bath’s Mia Ritchie and Rachel Shaw, we were shown how to attack the circle edge and how to position to successfully feed the shooters.

Watch the attacking masterclass here: http://www.skysports.com/netball/news/12415/10232603/watch-netball-attacking-masterclass

Anna Stembridge

Anna Stembridge says players will learn from loss

Team Bath Netball Head Coach Anna Stembridge says her players will learn valuable lessons from Friday’s 62-37 home defeat to Vitality Superleague rivals Manchester Thunder.

The visitors got off to a flying start and never looked back as they maintained their 100 per cent record with a convincing victory, underlining their dominance by winning the last quarter 16-8.

Stembridge said: “Credit to Thunder in terms of the way they started and finished the game. It’s disappointing that the scoreline blew out in the final quarter – to lose it 16-8 was not good enough and a bad day in the office in that respect.

“We knew tactically what Thunder would do and we looked to counter that but they executed their game plan very well.

“But we can only grow from this kind of experience. The players are really disappointed but they will learn from this and move forward.”

Both teams went into the match – played in front of a sell-out crowd of 1,600 fans – with confidence high after winning their opening two matches. However, it was the visitors who made the brighter start and they quickly raced into a 5-0 lead.

It was three minutes until Team Bath were able to produce their first attack, finished by Chelsea Lewis, and they remained on the back foot for much of the opening period.

Thunder’s high-tempo approach and slick passing, combined with the unerring shooting of England duo Helen Housby and Natalie Haythornthwaite, saw them establish a commanding 17-6 lead.

Team Bath’s best spell of the period, including a great aerial feed by Rachel Shaw, saw them pull four goals back and Lewis scored right on the buzzer to close the gap to 19-11.

The hosts needed a strong start to the second period but instead it was Thunder who turned the screw with an unanswered run of nine goals, stretching their lead to 29-12.

Lenize Potgieter came off the bench to replace Lewis at GS and quickly found her range, scoring six times as Team Bath gave the vocal home crowd something to cheer.

Asha Francis also scored on the stroke of half-time but Thunder were still firmly in the driving seat as they led 32-20.

With Liana Leota and Sara Bayman providing some outstanding feeds to the attacking duo of Housby and Haythornthwaite, Thunder were able to increase the gap to 36-21.

However, Team Bath were much improved in the third period – both in attack and defence – and were able to provide a more consistent feed to player of the match Potgieter.

The deficit was 44-31 going into the final quarter but any hopes of a Surrey Storm-style comeback were dashed as Thunder pulled away once again to win by 25 goals in a match sponsored by The Royal High School, Bath.

Carter Jonas are Team Bath Netball’s property partner, Surridge are the Team Bath kit supplier and Skins provide the team with compression wear.

Team Bath will be looking to bounce back in front of their home fans on Friday (February 19) when they entertain Team Northumbria (7.45pm).

Ticket-holders for that match will have access to an exclusive coaching masterclass from Team Bath Netball Head Coach Anna Stembridge and Director of Netball Jess Thirlby, taking place from 6-7pm.

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

Match stats

Team Bath Netball

Starting seven: GS: Chelsea Lewis; GA: Asha Francis; WA: Rachel Shaw; C: Mia Ritchie; WD: Claire Brownie; GD: Karla Mostert; GK: Eboni Beckford-Chambers. Bench: Lenize Potgieter, Amanda Varey, Jo Vann, Alana John, Sarah Penny.

Changes: Q2: Lewis – GS to bench, Potgieter – bench to GS. Q4: Francis – GA to bench, Shaw – WA to GA, Vann – bench to WA, WA to C, Varey – bench to WA, Ritchie – C to bench.

Team Bath Netball Superleague squad 2016: Eboni Beckford-Chambers (C), Samantha Cook, Claire Brownie, Shaunagh Craig, Asha Francis, Nicole Humphrys, Alana John, Chelsea Lewis, Karla Mostert, Sarah Penny, Lenize Potgieter, Mia Ritchie, Rachel Shaw, Amanda Varey, Jo Vann.

Manchester Thunder

Starting seven: GS: Helen Housby; GA: Natalie Haythornthwaite; WA: Liana Leota; C: Sara Bayman; WD: Laura Malcolm; GD: Jodie Gibson; GK: Malysha Kelly. Bench: Ellie Cardwell, Amy Clinton, Emma Dovey, Gabby Marshall, Kathryn Turner.

Changes: Q4: Gibson – GD to bench, Dovey – bench to GD.

Manchester Thunder Superleague squad 2016: Kerry Anne Almond, Sara Bayman (C), Amy Clinton, Ellie Cardwell, Emma Dovey, Jodie Gibson, Natalie Haythornthwaite, Rebecca Hoult, Helen Housby, Malysha Kelly, Paige Kindred, Liana Leota, Laura Malcolm, Gabriella Marshall, Kathryn Turner.

Quarter scores (Team Bath first)

Q1: 11-19. Q2: 20-32 (9-13). Q3: 31-44 (11-12). Q4: 37-62 (6-18).

Rachel Shaw

Bath preview tonight’s clash!

A sell-out crowd awaits Team Bath Netball for their first home match of the 2016 Vitality Superleague season – and England players Rachel Shaw and Eboni Beckford-Chambers are hoping to give the fans plenty to cheer.

Around 1,600 supporters will be at the University of Bath Sports Training Village tonight to see Team Bath take on 2014 champions Manchester Thunder in a mouthwatering clash sponsored by The Royal High School, Bath (7.45pm).

Both teams have won their opening two matches, along with Hertfordshire Mavericks (who have now won three), and neither will want to give up their 100 per cent record without a fight.

It will also be the first opportunity for fans in the South West to see Team Bath’s new-look squad in action at the STV this year and Shaw is excited about what they could achieve.

“Something I love about this team is the way every player brings something different, something special and their own individual flare and passion to our squad,” said Shaw.

“The diversity of our 15 is a real strength but the key is the way we have managed to channel that into a sense of togetherness. I feel like I have played with some of them for years but have actually only known them for five months.

“That’s exciting and I can only thank my team-mates and coaches for creating a culture for us to grow so quickly in.”

Those words were echoed by Shaw’s club and international team-mate Beckford-Chambers, who has captained Team Bath to victories over Surrey Storm and Yorkshire Jets so far this season.

“To have two wins from two has given the squad great confidence in our quest for the Superleague championship,” said the influential defender.

“We are extremely excited to be hosting Manchester Thunder on our home turf. We know that it is going to be an exhilarating, hard-fought encounter but we are very much looking forward to the challenge.

“A big thank you must go out to all the fans, old and new, that have supported us so far in person or via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or by tuning into Sky Sports. Your well wishes are heartfelt and appreciated by all the team.”

Joining the Team Bath squad for the rest of the season is University of Bath Sport Science student Nicole Humphrys. She replaces Jazz Scott, who has been forced to withdraw through injury.

Friday’s Superleague fixture will be preceded by a National Performance League (NPL) match between Team Bath and Thunder. It starts at 5.15pm and entry is free.

The Thunder match may be a sell-out but there are still tickets remaining for Team Bath’s other home Superleague fixtures, including the visit of Team Northumbria on Friday, February 19 (7.45pm).

Ticket-holders for that match will have access to an exclusive coaching masterclass from Team Bath Netball Head Coach Anna Stembridge and Director of Netball Jess Thirlby, taking place from 6-7pm.

Tickets are available from http://www.teambath.com/events/ticketline/ or by calling 0844 888 4412.