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Vitality Netball Superleague: Bath Netball team defeats Wasps, Surrey Storm defeats Celtic Dragons |  Netball News

The Vitality Netball Superleague continues Sunday with the fourth round; four consecutive games will start at noon and will be broadcast on the Sky Sports YouTube channel

Last updated: 22/02/21 21:34 pm

The Bath Netball team have shown their strength at depth and remain undefeated (Image: Ben Lumley Photography)

The Bath Netball team beat the Wasps Netball 44-39 in the third round of the Vitality Netball Superleague on Monday, while Surrey Storm defeated the Celtic Dragons in Wakefield.

The victories of Bath and Storm capped another exceptional weekend of national netball, as the sport continues to thrive upon its return.

The 11 teams now have another busy week of training ahead of the return of the fourth round on Sunday, with four games in a row, live on the Sky Sports YouTube channel from 12 p.m.

With Wasps Netball coming from behind in a nerve-racking 44-43 loss to Loughborough Lightning, a reaction was expected. Meanwhile, Anna Stembridge’s outfit arrived undefeated and Layla Guscoth was announced in their Matchday Squad for the first time.

Starting sevens

Netball waspsTeam swim netball
GS – Rachel DunnGS – Kim Borger
GA – Katie HarrisGA – Sophie Drakeford-Lewis
WA – Sophia CandappaWA – Rachel Shaw
C – Iona ChristianC – Serena Guthrie
WD – Amy FlanaganWD – Imogen Allison
GD- Fran WilliamsGD – Tash Pavelin
GK – Josie HuckleGK – Eboni Usoro-Brown

Bath scored the first three goals on the board and, although the Wasps recovered slightly afterwards, Eboni Usoro-Brown and Serena Guthrie secured a key rolling ball which helped Bath create an 8-3 cushion.

As the quarter continued, Wasps Netball tried to break away but their opponents retained their five-goal advantage in the first break.

Over the next 12 seconds, Bath continued to capitalize on turnovers, while Wasps Netball found life difficult in their offensive finish. Tash Pavelin got the better of Katie Harris and Rachel Dunn’s flow wasn’t easy to find.

At 19-10, Mansfield brought Gezelle Allison to GA, Ella Powell-Davies to WD and transferred Amy Flanagan to C. Bath didn’t let those changes shake them, however, and maintained their form to go on hiatus at halftime 25-15 ahead.

Guscoth arrived after the interval and immediately showed his class, while Wasps Netball kept their altered roster for the start of the third quarter.

The halftime break did little to quell the excitement or the flood of Bath, before the Wasps started working them out as the quarter went on and they clashed at 11 goals apiece.

Mansfield’s side gained confidence and reduced Bath’s lead in the final 12 minutes. Harris returned to court and showed great personal resilience to mark his authority in the later stages.

The Wasps cut the margin to five goals with the same number of minutes to go, but once Bath’s Sophie Drakeford-Lewis scored a crucial goal the fight was over and Bath’s victory was assured.

Vitality Superleague – Round 3 fixtures and results

SundaySurrey Storm 44-50 Leeds Rhinos Netball
Celtic Dragons 35-52 Strathclyde Sirens
Manchester Thunder 57-30 London Pulse
Loughborough Lightning 60-35 Saracens Mavericks
MondayCeltic Dragons 40-56 Surrey Storm
Wasps Netball 39-44 Team Bath Netball

Storm repeats Austin’s words

Earlier in the evening, Surrey Storm returned to victory with a 56-40 result over the Celtic Dragons.

Before the game, Mikki Austin had urged his team to be more ruthless and keep the ball in hand. After analyzing their narrow loss to the Leeds Rhinos on Sunday, they clearly had a point to prove and stole out of the blocks to establish a 7-3 cushion.

On both ends, shooters shone, as Storm found player of the match Karyn Bailey at GS with relative ease, while the Dragons were indebted to Amy Clinton’s clinical finish. As the first 12 minutes drew to a close, Dragons closed within four of Storm and entered the break 15-11.

At the start of the second quarter, Dragons started producing more turnovers and the contest was increasing in intensity by the minute. Yaz Parsons then dispelled the view that netball is not a physical sport after grabbing a ball in the face and barely blinking!

Still, Dragons remained heavily reliant on Clinton, but Rebekah Robinson’s growing influence at GA helped the Welsh franchise score three unanswered goals and reduce the backlog to 27-22 midway through.

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Hear Karyn Bailey, Mikki Austin and Tania Hoffman’s reaction to the contest

Hear Karyn Bailey, Mikki Austin and Tania Hoffman’s reaction to the contest

The typical third quarter turned out to be Storm’s loss to Leeds Rhinos, but with Austin entering the fray down the center, they extended their double-digit lead for the first time in the contest.

I was really proud of the process they put in place each quarter. I thought every quarter we moved into the game and I was so proud of how they adjusted. We were so tactical with this game, and I wanted to be really specific to see how they would fit.

Mikki austin

Bailey continued his indomitable form below the post and while the Dragons gained momentum to record their best quarter, they were still behind by eight goals, heading into the final quarter 42-34 behind.

Sophie Kelly, 16, of Storm, had another playful cameo in the playoffs, after impressing her Superleague debut last week.

The Dragons were forced to take their place, as GK Annika Lee-Jones showed her skills at both ends to replace an injured Clinton.

Alima Priest and Leah Middleton began to dominate their defensive matches in Clinton’s absence, and Storm scored their authority in the final 12 minutes, sealing her eight goals to wrap up a convincing victory.

Sky Sports is your home of netball. The Vitality Netball Superleague continues Sunday with four straight games, broadcast on the Sky Sports YouTube channel starting at 12 p.m.

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