Posted 17th Apr 2022

Team Bath Netball determined to regroup after wounded Rhinos inflict Spring Showdown setback during Superleague top-four race

Anna Stembridge said she felt Easter Sunday’s Spring Showdown defeat to Leeds Rhinos was “a missed opportunity” to keep building momentum in the race for the Vitality Superleague play-off places.

A 64-54 reverse to Rhinos at Resorts World Birmingham ended a three-game winning run for the Haines Watts-sponsored Blue & Gold and saw them drop back to fifth in the table, three points behind Saracens Mavericks who they still have to face twice this season.

Rhinos had lost to Celtic Dragons on Saturday but held a four-goal lead after the first quarter on Sunday and maintained that gap during a high-scoring second period which was tied 18-18. Team Bath kept battling away but Rhinos were able to double their advantage during the crucial third quarter and went on to see out the win.

Team Bath Netball and Leeds Rhinos in action at Resorts World Birmingham on Easter Sunday. PICTURES: Ben Lumley

After the game, Team Bath Netball Superleague Head Coach Stembridge told Sky Sports: “It was an opportunity missed today. We knew Leeds would come out hard having lost that game yesterday and we actually spoke about how a wounded team can be a real threat.

“Credit to Leeds, they were really physical and I don’t think we dealt with being back-marked particularly well. We became quite hesitant having enjoyed quite a lot of flow in our recent games. We’ll regroup, go back to training and make sure we come out harder in our next game.”

That is against local rivals Severn Stars on Saturday (23rd April) at the Team Bath Sports Training Village (centre-pass 4pm). The match will be followed by an on-court celebration of the stellar career of Team Bath and England legend Serena Guthrie, who has retired from netball. Click here to purchase tickets for the game.

Team Bath Netball is supported by its Principal and Pathway Partner, chartered accountants Haines WattsRengen Developments, who are an overall Team Bath Partner; Centurion Chartered Financial Planners and Ecus Ltd, our environment partner. Team Bath’s suppliers include O’Neills2XUPulseroll and Halo Hydration.

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