Rising star Abi Robson and experienced international Amanda Varey are the two latest players to be confirmed in the Team Bath Netball squad for the 2019 Vitality Superleague season.
Nineteen-year-old Robson, a Geography student at the University of the West of England in Bristol, made her Superleague debut last season and plays at both wing-defence and centre.
She has international age-group experience with England, helping both the U17 and U21 teams to victory in Netball Europe competitions and touring New Zealand with the Roses at U19 level.
“I learnt so much during my first season and I’m looking forward to gaining more opportunities in the year ahead. It is a great squad to be part of, everyone gets on so well, and it is an incredible training environment.”
Varey – who played for Wales at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games – is returning for her fourth spell with Team Bath having previously won the Superleague title in Blue & Gold in 2010 and 2013.
The wing-attack spent last season with Celtic Dragons but continued to do some of her training at the University of Bath and is thrilled to be back in the colours she first represented 12 years ago while combining netball with studying Pharmacy.
“I feel incredibly honoured to have the opportunity to be back in the Blue & Gold dress this season,” said Varey, who is now Lead Critical Care Pharmacist at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath.
Jess Thirlby, Head Netball Coach for Team Bath, added: “Abi is one of our bright young talents and has been improving year on year for the last few seasons. She has a great attitude to learning, a great work ethic and she leads by example.
“Abi is a determined defender who applies herself to any challenge thrown at her. She is a great role model for all those athletes in our Academy and beyond, and has a bright future with this team.
“We are so pleased to welcome Amanda back after spending time with Celtic Dragons to support her national squad aspirations with Wales, which we are very proud of. She is one of the longest serving and most loyal Team Bath players of all time.
See Team Bath in action at Super 10 – get your squad together and head to the season opener on Saturday 5th January 2019 at Arena Birmingham!
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Tickets are now available for the highly anticipated Super 10 as all 10 teams will take to the court for the opening weekend of the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague season.
There’ll be excitement both on and off the court with fans encouraged to come in fancy dress as their favourite female icons for the event at the Arena Birmingham on Saturday 5 January 2019.
Celtic Dragons will be taking on five-time champions Team Bath Netball to open the new season, which will be followed by a repeat of last season’s Grand Final as Wasps Netball face Loughborough Lightning.
It will then be the first chance for fans to see the new club London Pulse in action as they take to the Vitality Netball Superleague stage to play Severn Stars.
Jodie Gibson, who has signed for Severn Stars for a third season, will be out to impress with the Netball World Cup 2019 on the horizon.
She said: “I am so excited for the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague season with Severn Stars. 2019 is an exciting year for netball in England and the Super 10 competition is such an exciting event to showcase the talent we have across all teams. It’s always a thrilling day of netball so be sure to get your tickets for the day!”
Strathclyde Sirens, now in their third season, will be up next to battle it out on the opening weekend against Surrey Storm, who have announced Mikki Austin as their new Director of Netball.
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kadeen Corbin is set to reunite with Sasha Corbin at benecosMavericks ahead of the new season, following her departure from Team Bath Netball.
The Corbin sisters will go head-to-head with Manchester Thunder in the final fixture of the Super 10 opener.
Kadeen said: “Super 10 is the most exciting place to see all 10 teams in one venue. I’m excited to get the Vitality Netball Superleague started and what a better way than to start altogether. It’s going to be very competitive with all teams out to win first game of the season. We want to see all the colours and support throughout the day. So you know you don’t want to miss out!”
Clubs are still fine-tuning their squads but there has been plenty of off-season movement and announcements with plenty more still to come in the build-up to the opening event of the 2019 season.
Get your squad together and buy your tickets for Super 10 now!