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Commane to remain in Blue and Gold for 2020

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Activity during the Vitality Netball Superleague Super 10 at Arena Birmingham on January 5, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for England Netball)

Team Bath Netball’s fixtures have been revealed for the 2020 Vitality Netball Superleague season – and fans can look forward to once again seeing shooting star Kim Commane in the Blue & Gold when the action gets under way.

The Australian proved to be a huge hit on and off the court last season and ended a dazzling debut campaign by winning the fans’, players’ and coaches’ accolades at Team Bath’s Vitality Netball Superleague Player of the Year awards.

She is determined to build on those performances during the 2020 season, which will see Team Bath take on 2017 and 2018 champions Wasps in a mouth-watering opening home match.

Defending champions Manchester Thunder will also visit the Team Bath Arena during the opening month for a match being shown live on Sky Sports, as is the final home game of the regular season against Loughborough Lightning.

Tickets are now on general sale for all nine home matches in 2020, one more than last season, and Commane cannot wait to run out in front of the Blue & Gold supporters once again.

“I’m really excited to be back in Bath and I’m looking forward to what the new season holds,” she said.

“Our squad is shaping up well and I loved playing in front of the Team Bath fans last season, I can’t wait to get going again.”

Commane returned to her home country over the summer and played for Melbourne Vixens in Suncorp Super Netball but never had any doubt that she would return to Bath.

“I’d committed to coming back to Bath before I returned to Australia, so I’ve had to keep it secret for a few months,” she said.

“I absolutely loved my first season here. The style of play was slightly different to back in Australia but I felt like I slotted in well and made some really good connections on and off the court, which I’m hoping to build on this season.

“I love the Bath lifestyle too, it’s a big enough city but there is a country kind of vibe to it too which my husband and I really enjoy.”

Anna Stembridge, Team Bath’s Vitality Netball Superleague Head Coach, is delighted to welcome back a player who slotted seamlessly into the Blue & Gold culture from day one.

“We are so pleased to have Kim back, we all love her,” said Stembridge. “She is calm, composed and prolific at going to goal – everything you want from a shooter – but what has been more impressive for me is her leadership and selfless attitude.

“Her phrase would be ‘whatever the team needs me to do I’ll do, whatever the team needs me to be I’ll be’. That’s how Kim works and she demonstrates the values and behaviours we want in this environment.”

Commane is the seventh member of the Team Bath squad confirmed for the 2020 Superleague season along with Imogen Allison, Mia Ritchie, Abi Robson, Rachel Shaw, Fionnuala Toner and Eboni Usoro-Brown.

Both season and match-day tickets for the Team Bath Arena are on sale now – visit netball.teambath.com/tickets to find out more.

You can watch Team Bath Netball at the Season Opener 2020 – buy tickets now!

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