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Team Bath Netball’s South African imports face off in domestic cup final

Team Bath Netball’s Karla Mostert and Lenize Potgieter found themselves on opposite sides when they contested the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League final in their native South Africa on Saturday.

And it was Mostert who emerged on the winning side as she produced a player-of-the-match performance to help the Free State Crinums to a 52-43 victory over Potgieter’s Gauteng Jaguars.

It was the third year running that Jaguars had lost to Crinums in the final.

Mostert and Potgieter, who helped Team Bath finish third during the 2016 Vitality Netball Superleague season, will once again be back on the same side this summer when they represent South Africa against Wales in three international tests.

The Welsh touring squad includes two Team Bath players, Chelsea Lewis and Amanda Varey.

Meanwhile, Team Bath Netball Head Coach Anna Stembridge and Director of Netball Jess Thirlby will be leading a three-hour evening coaching masterclass at the Sports Training Village on June 23, priced £35 per person.

For more information on the workshops or to book a place, visit the netball section of the Team Bath online store – http://store.bath.ac.uk/

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Team Bath celebrate Superleague and NPL seasons

Mia Ritchie, Karla Mostert and Chelsea Lewis were the main winners when Team Bath Netball staged their end-of-season awards dinner in conjunction with the Netball South West Goalden Globes.

Influential centre Ritchie, dubbed the Pocket Rocket, picked up both the Coaches’ and Players’ Player of the Year prizes during Sunday’s sell-out event at Somerset CCC in Taunton.

Welsh international attacker Chelsea Lewis received the Endeavour Award and South African defender Karla Mostert was named as the Supporters’ Player of the Season after receiving 29 per cent of the online vote at www.teambath.com.

Ritchie tweeted: “Absolutely stoked to get the 2016 players’ player & coaches’ player awards for @TeamBathNetball this season.”

Lewis added: “Loved every second with Team Bath this year and was delighted to win an award on the weekend.”

Mostert is now back in her native South Africa, where she has already helped Free State Crinums reach the semi-finals of the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League.

Team Bath’s Netball Performance League (NPL) squad, made up of development players aged 16-19, were also involved in Sunday’s celebrations.

University of Bath Sport Performance student Paige Reed, who is supported by a Santander Sports Scholarship, was named as Coaches’ Player of the Year. Sam Sullivan won the Players’ Player accolade and Kirsty Harris took the Endeavour Award.

This year’s presentation took place alongside the Netball South West Goalden Globe Awards, which celebrated the work of volunteers, officials, coaches and players at all levels across the region.

The season may be over but the netball fun is continuing at the University of Bath thanks to a series of coaching workshops.

Team Bath’s Superleague players will be among those providing coaching at an U15 netball camp during next week’s half-term holidays. Open to children in Years 8, 9 and 10, it is taking place on May 31 and June 1 and is priced £45 for one day or £80 for two.

Head Coach Anna Stembridge and Director of Netball Jess Thirlby will then be leading a three-hour evening coaching masterclass at the Sports Training Village on June 23, priced £35 per person.

For more information on the workshops or to book a place, visit the netball section of the Team Bath online store – http://store.bath.ac.uk/

Surrey Storm's players celebrate as Hannah Reid lifts the Vitality Netball Super league Trophy

Storm retain VNSL title!

After one of the closest seasons to date, the stage was set at the Copper Box Arena for the 2016 Vitality Netball Superleague Grand Final.

Manchester Thunder and Surrey Storm took to court with the help of raucous roars from the crowd as they clapped their Vitality cheer sticks creating an electric atmosphere.

The first steal of the day went to Storm as they forced a held ball from Thunder which was quickly followed by a Storm three seconds from Georgia Lees.

Lees soon redeemed herself with an interception and Storm took the lead by a goal to nil.

The last time the two sides met, the battle between Malysha Kelly and Rachel Dunn was definitely a tasty affair, and the opening to this game was no different.

The Gilbert Goalden Shot winner, Dunn, managed to get the better of Kelly to increase the lead 3-1, shortly by a goal from Pamela Cookey to make it four.

Both defences were working hard in the opening five minutes to make things difficult in the circle for the shooters – but it was Storm who faired the better as Thunder found it tricky to work the ball to goal.

With seven minutes left on the clock in the opening quarter, Storm took an 8-2 lead, quickly followed by a flurry of goals to make it 13-3 with four minutes to go.

Defensive pressure was the key in the first period as Storm really seemed to have their formula spot-on, with the attack displaying incredible patience to maintain their lead.

Towards the end of the quarter, Thunder found their rhythm and were galvanised by two flying Malysha Kelly interceptions to pull back some momentum.

The first 15 minutes finished with Storm leading by 15 goals to 9.

Neither side made any changes going into the second quarter – as they came out on to court, the Copper Box crowd was louder than ever!

Cookey scored the opening goal of the second 15 which was quickly followed by two bagged by Dunn as Storm pulled out to 18-9 leaders.

Kelly was once again the spark to ignite a Thunder attack and make the score 19-12 in Storm’s favour.

Storm remained determined to hang on to their lead and even after an on-court chat between the experienced Laura Malcolm and Sara Bayman, Thunder couldn’t seem to get a hold on the game.

With just over six minutes left on the clock in the quarter, Storm took an 11-goal lead at 25-14.

Shortly after, Thunder called time and Jodie Gibson made way for Emma Dovey to take ownership of the Goal Defence bib.

Despite her confident performances this season, Storm’s defence made Ellie Cardwell think twice about putting her shots up – but the former basketball player stuck to task to make it 27-17 and get her side back within ten.

It didn’t take Storm long to respond, and with just a minute to go, they made it 31-18 in their favour

On the buzzer, Dunn made the crowd go wild as she sunk a long shot to make the score 32-19!

Only a fool would have written off Thunder at half time, but all seven of Surrey Storm’s side were playing the game of their lives.

It was all set up for a thriller of a second half…

Dan Ryan made his side take to court during half time to warm up again, and also made some big positional changes going into the second half.

Gabby Marshall was put into Wing Defence, replacing Malcolm, Kathryn Turner was pulled on to Goal Attack, moving Cardwell to the bench and Housby to Goal Shooter.

Storm, confident with their first half performance, remained unchanged.

The Thunder switches made the attack flow more freely as Turner and Housby linked up beautifully – the score moved to 35-25 after five minutes gone in the quarter.

Reid and Holland weren’t phased, though, as they stuck to task, working together to take tips and interceptions to shake up the new Thunder attack.

A contact call for Dunn meant Turner and Housby could take the game back to within eight goals at 38-30.

With five minutes to go, the momentum shifted to Thunder’s favour as their renewed confidence moved them to within six goals – 39-33.

Housby clung on to a tricky feed with the very tips of her fingers at 41-35 to bag the goal and roar her team forwards.

At the other end of the court (unlike the finish to the first half) Dunn couldn’t successfully shoot a long-range effort to finish the third quarter with a goal.

The third period finished 43-36 to Storm, the game still in the balance with everything to fight for.

The final 15 minutes saw Kat Ratnapala make a flurry of changes, bringing Josie Huckle on at Goal Keeper and moving Reid into Goal Defence. Kat Ainsworth took the Wing Defence bib, moving Amy Flanagan in to Centre, and Sophia Candappa in to Wing Attack.

Thunder were unchanged for the final quarter of the 2016 Vitality Netball Superleague and looked hungry to take the win, making it difficult for Storm’s attack to work the ball to post.

With ten minutes to go it was 47-42 to Storm and Thunder were slowly, but surely, creeping their way back in to the game – the Thunder bench louder than ever!

With just five minutes to go in the final game of the season the score line was 52-47 to Storm, and Dan Ryan gave Laura Malcolm and Kerry Almond the nod to come on in Wing Defence and Goal Keeper.

With that change, Cookey fell victim to some dreaded cramp, bringing Katherine Hayes to the court, but Cookey shortly came back on with the score at 52-49 with two minutes on the clock.

A crucial turnover for Thunder with less than a minute to go made it 54-53, but once again on the buzzer, Dunn made it 55 to take the game, and the Vitality Netball Superleague title for the second year in a row!

Manchester Thunder fought back as hard as everyone in the Arena expected, but it just came too late to break the spirit of Surrey Storm.

The crowd inside the Copper Box Arena was louder than ever and created an incredible atmosphere for the players from both sides.

The same could be said for the first game of the day in the third against fourth play-off, as Hertfordshire Mavericks and Team Bath really gave the crowd something to cheer about!

The unbelievably close and entertaining encounter finished with Bath winning by just a single goal against a heartbroken Mavericks to take third place in the Vitality Netball Superleague.

Both games were final-worthy, making this day of netball an amazing advert, not just for women’s sport, but for sport in general.

Congratulations to Surrey Storm for winning the Vitality Netball Superleague for the second year in a row!

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One last push for Mavericks

Hertfordshire Mavericks will face Team Bath in the 3rd v 4th play-off at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday before the Grand Final.

Despite being top of the Vitality Netball Superleague table for much of the season, Mavericks were pipped at the post by Surrey Storm by just two goals in a final-worthy semi on Saturday 30th April.

Both Mavericks and Bath will be wanting to finish their season on a high after the disappointment of missing out on the final so this will be a huge game!

Read the Mavericks match preview on their website here: http://www.mavericksnetball.co.uk/news/vnsl-3rd-place-match-one-last-push