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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)

Featured player – Yasmin Parsons

 

Name: Yasmin Parsons

Position: WA/C

Clubs: Surrey Storm, Weston Park Blades

Domestic honours: Vitality Netball Superleague winner 2013 (Team Bath) and Vitality Netball Superleague winner 2016 (Surrey Storm).

International honours:

  • Gold European Championships u17 and Captain 2011
  • Player of the Tournament u17 European Championships
  • Gold at European Championships u21 2013 and Captain
  • Gold at Senior Open European Championships 2012 and 2013
  • 4th at U21 World Championships in Glasgow 2013
  • Gold at World Universities representing Great Britain 2013
  • England A

About:

At only 25, Yasmin has a vast amount of Vitality Netball Superleague experience and since being given her first taste of Superleague action by Team Bath, she has not looked back.

Yasmin is no stranger to representing her country as she has featured for various age group squads. She has also travelled with the senior side to a Quad Series in Australia and New Zealand but was not capped.

Yasmin is now a key member and vice-captain of Surrey Storm where an outstanding performance saw Surrey Storm defeat Team Bath 56-50.

Bath v Dragons

Stembridge excited for televised game

Anna Stembridge says she is “super excited” ahead of Team Bath Netball’s first home game of the 2019 Vitality Superleague season – Monday’s televised showdown against Surrey Storm.

The Sitec-sponsored Blue & Gold go into the match (7pm centre-pass) as the only team to have won their opening two Superleague fixtures so far thanks to encouraging victories over Celtic Dragons at Super 10 and Strathclyde Sirens in Scotland.

Head Coach Stembridge was particularly pleased with the performance and result in the latter game as a Team Bath squad without England stars Eboni Usoro-Brown and Serena Guthrie overcame a strong fourth-quarter fightback from Sirens to win 55-45.

“Sirens is always a hard place to go but we produced a performance of real grit and character,” she said. “It was really impressive to see our young squad step up and show such strength and composure, it felt like a real step forward compared to previous seasons.”

University of Bath student Imogen Allison wore the captain’s armband for the Sirens game and led by example with another excellent performance at wing-defence, building on her player of the match display in the 58-41 victory over Dragons.

“Eboni and Serena are co-captains this season but we have leaders right across the squad,” said Stembridge. “Imogen was captain against Sirens, as she was for the Fast 5 tournament, and she really delivered both in leading the team and in her own personal performance.”

While Usoro-Brown and Guthrie were helping England finish runners-up in a world-class Quad Series last weekend, the rest of the Team Bath squad kept things ticking over with a training session against the Knights national men’s team.

“It’s the second time that Knights have trained with us this season and the sessions have been of a really good standard both times,” Stembridge added. “It was a great opportunity to work on different combinations that we haven’t had chance to use in the first couple of games.

“We are super excited for our first home game of the season, nothing beats playing in the Team Bath Arena and we can’t wait to see our home fans again.

“Storm have lost their first two matches but they certainly cannot be underestimated, especially as they will have their two South African players [Sigi Burger and Shadine Van Der Merwe] back. We know they will definitely give us another big test but we are looking forward to it.”

Doors open for the Storm game at 6pm and tickets are available to purchase here.

Photo Credit: Eliza Morgan

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Strathclyde Sirens lose to Team Bath

With over 1200 spectators showing up at the Emirates Arena for Strathclyde Sirens first home game of the season, the 45-55 score-line and win to Team Bath was a tough one to take by the Glasgow side.

After some back and forth action following Strathclyde Siren’s first centre pass, Tuivaiti was the first to put a point on the board on home soil. Q1 saw some connected phases of play between Gallagher and Tuivaiti in the circle, Maxwell and Mulheron working so hard in defence that they almost took each other out, and a full team effort to shut down the opposition’s options across the court, however it was Team Bath that was able to capitalise on their turnovers leading the score-line to 9-14.

 

Team Bath kickstarted Q2 with quickfire passes and a goal. Strathclyde Sirens fans witnessed the first of Tuivaiti’s flair with a fake, no look pass across the shooting circle to Gallagher, much to the spectator’s delight. Team Bath had a tight zone defence which meant that Strathclyde Sirens lost some ball due to some forced passes. However, Strathclyde Sirens were able to seek out some gaps in Bath’s zone to reduce a 9-goal gap to 6 just before the half time whistle, 23-29.

It was all to play for in the second half. Bath gain a couple of points on the board before Strathclyde Sirens added to their goal count. Tensions began to rise, where we saw plenty of tussle underneath the post at both ends of the court. It was clear that both Strathclyde Sirens and Team Bath were determined to bag the VNSL Round 2 win, and Bath maintained their lead heading into the final quarter, 34-41.

Gallagher and Tuivaiti won the crowds over in the first couple of minutes with continued and steady shooting. The atmosphere in the Arena was electric as the full team pulled together to close the gap to 2 goals with 8 minutes on the clock. However, Team Bath continued to edge out and give Strathclyde Sirens little chance to contest for the ball. In the end, it was not Strathclyde Siren’s night with Team Bath taking the win, 45-55 for the first time in Glasgow.

Player of the Match Lynsey Gallagher said: “It was great to be at home tonight, but it was frustrating not to come away with the win. I’m proud of the team for not giving up, and to bring it back to 2 in that last quarter was brilliant, just disappointing that in the last 7-8 Team Bath broke away again to take the win.

 Coming off the back of last week we were on such a high, but we’ll head back to the drawing board, determine areas we need to work on and build and go in to the next one raring to go.”

Starting 7: GS Tuivaiti, GA Gallagher, WA McCleery, C Maxwell, WD Abernethy, GD Mulheron, GK Gibbons.

Subs: Nicholl, Boyle, Goodwin, McCall, McPhail

Image credit: Eliza Morgan

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Team Bath overcome Celtic Dragons

Team Bath Netball made a winning start to the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague season as they beat Celtic Dragons 58-41 in the opening Super 10 match at Arena Birmingham.

After a close opening period, five-time Vitality Netball Superleague champions Team Bath Netball pulled away to lead 9-6 halfway through the quarter.

Great defensive pressure combined with speed through court saw the Blue & Gold establish a seven-goal cushion at the end of the first 15.

Celtic Dragons came out fighting at the start of the second quarter, closing the gap to just three thanks to some sharp shooting from Kalifa McCollin and Chelsea Lewis.

However, as the intensity went up another notch, Team Bath found an extra gear and momentum switched in their favour.

The Blue & Gold defensive pairing of Eboni Usoro-Brown and Summer Artman proved hard for Dragons to break down and instead the Welsh side’s progress up court and attack was thwarted as Team Bath stretched out to a 31-18 lead at halftime.

Rachel Shaw and the returning Serena Guthrie both displayed their athleticism and fine reading of the play in the opening stages of the third quarter, flying in to win the ball back.

Team Bath displayed their strength in depth as Beryl Friday made her Vitality Netball Superleague debut and quickly found her range to push the Blue & Gold out to a 40-21 lead.

Going into the final quarter, Chartie Curtis entered the fray and impressed on her debut as Team Bath professionally saw out the game to take a 58-41 opening day victory.