Posted 2nd Jun 2022

Layla Guscoth named as Vitality Player of the Season and joined in Superleague All-Star VII by fellow Blue & Gold defender Phumza Maweni

Team Bath Netball star defender Layla Guscoth has been named as Vitality Player of the Season in the 2022 Vitality Superleague Awards.

The England Roses player was also shortlisted for the Players’ Player of the Season award and named in the Superleague’s All-Star VII alongside Blue & Gold defensive partner Phumza Maweni, the duo being selected as goal-defence and goal-keeper respectively.

It is the second time that Guscoth has won the prestigious Vitality Player of the Season honour, having previously been recognised as the league’s standout player while with Saracens Mavericks in 2014.

Only London Pulse had a better defensive record than the Blue & Gold during the regular season and Team Bath Netball Superleague Head Coach Anna Stembridge was not surprised to see Guscoth and South African international Maweni in the All-Star VII.

“Phumi and Layla have been sensational this season,” said Stembridge. “We are lucky to have them in our circle but what’s great about both is they will always acknowledge the defensive work done by their team-mates in front of them.

“Layla, for me, is the best defender in the world at the moment. She will dispute that because she always wants to be better than she was yesterday and has a real desire to be the best she can be. What we have seen of Layla over the past couple of seasons is her ability to win ball when it matters, and her ability to win ball across all four quarters.

“When we were looking at recruitment and thinking about how to get the best out of Layla, particularly in a season running up to the Commonwealth Games, it was really important that we got the right keeper and we struck gold with Phumi. She’s a great person, incredible athlete and, again, a reflective individual who always wants to improve.”

Joining Guscoth on the shortlist for the Vitality Player of the Season Award was Pulse defender Funmi Fadoju and Manchester Thunder duo Eleanor Cardwell and Natalie Metcalf.

Cardwell pipped Guscoth to the Players’ Player of the Season Award, as well as Thunder team-mate Laura Malcolm and Leeds Rhinos’ Brie Grierson.

Guscoth and her fellow award winners will receive their prize following Sunday’s Grand Final at the Copper Box Arena. Before then, Team Bath are in Superleague semi-final action at Manchester Thunder on Friday (6.30pm centre-pass) – click here for more information.

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.

Other news articles

Shout out for volunteers – be part of the Team Bath Netball Match Day experience during the 2023 Super League season!

Join the Team Bath Netball family as part of our volunteer match day delivery team.  We want to create the most fun, safe and entertaining experience for fans new and old for the 2023 season, and we need your help to do it! There...

Read More
Former Super League player Chani Wopara returns to Team Bath Netball as new Assistant Coach as 2023 season preparations continue

Former Team Bath Netball defender Chani Wopara says she is relishing working with a youthful squad eager to learn and improve after returning to the club as Assistant Super League Coach for the 2023 season. Wopara, who first joined...

Read More
Customer information: Team Bath Netball tri-tournament and Super League ticket update following Wasps’ withdrawal from competition

Sadly it has been confirmed this week that Wasps will be unable to compete in the 2023 Netball Super League season after the club’s holding company went into administration. At Team Bath we share the netball community’s sadness at...

Read More
Team Bath Netball Sponsors
Partners and Suppliers