Posted 23rd May 2023

Blue & Gold come out on top in goal-for-goal battle with Saracens Mavericks to secure first away win of Super League season

Asha Francis was delighted to see her players’ “freedom and faith” rewarded with a first away win of the 2023 Super League season as Team Bath Netball came out on top in a close contest with Saracens Mavericks.

The Haines Watts-sponsored Blue & Gold and their old rivals went goal for goal in front of the Sky Sports cameras, with just a couple of goals separating the sides for much of the contest, before clinically pulling away in the closing minutes to win 57-54.

Player of the match Ali Wilshier

It was the perfect response to the disappointment of Saturday’s visit to Leeds Rhinos, where Team Bath had led 36-25 after an excellent first half but fell away in the second 30 minutes and were beaten 59-55.

Team Bath Netball Head Coach Francis said after Monday’s Mavericks success: “The players looked more comfortable today going goal for goal and really trusted each other throughout the whole 60 minutes.

“We’ve been working on playing with freedom and faith in each other when things are tight and I was really proud to see that. It’s a lot easier to go short and not keep that vision open during the moments you are going goal for goal, so that’s what has impressed me most.”

Wing-attack Ali Wilshier, who was named as Sky Sports Player of the Match after supplying 32 feeds to the attacking circle, added: “It was definitely a really hard-fought game but I’m just really proud of the girls. We have struggled with consistency over the course of the season so it was nice to put together a 60-minute performance.”

As against Rhinos 48 hours earlier, Team Bath came out firing at the Hertfordshire Sports Village and opened up a 9-5 lead midway through the first quarter. However, that was to be the biggest margin between the sides until the dying stages of the match as Mavericks closed the gap to 13-12 at the break.

Sasha Corbin shared a Super League court with sister Kadeen for the last time before retiring. PICTURES: Saracens Mavericks

The next two quarters saw the teams go goal for goal, with the hosts – captained by former Blue & Gold star Sasha Corbin in her last home game before retirement – edging into a 29-28 lead at half-time and Team Bath taking the third quarter to go into the final period with a narrow 44-43 advantage.

It continued to be nip and tuck, with neither side able to pull clear until six minutes from time when fantastic defensive pressure from Jayda Pechova and Caroline Mtukule forced an error and Team Bath were able to put a run of three goals together to edge into a 52-50 lead.

Clinical finishing from Betsy Creak and Kadeen Corbin ensured the gap remained at two until the last minute when Mavericks were pressured into another mistake, allowing Team Bath to finally put the game to bed.

The Blue & Gold now have a weekend off before wrapping up the 2023 season with a visit to semi-finalists Loughborough Lightning on Friday 2nd June. Centre-pass is 7.30pm and the match will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Team Bath Netball is supported by its Principal and Pathway Partner, chartered accountants Haines WattsBath Building Society and Rengen Developments, who are overall Team Bath Partners; Centurion Chartered Financial PlannersEcus Ltd, our environment partner; and PDS Coaching, who provide performance mentoring. Team Bath’s suppliers include O’Neills and 2XU.

Other news articles

Jess Thirlby and Anna Stembridge, present and past England Vitality Roses Head Coaches, were inducted into the University of Bath Hall of Fame for Sport in April 2024 for their contributions to Team Bath Netball
Coaching greats Jess Thirlby and Anna Stembridge back on the Blue & Gold benches for Team Bath Netball All-Stars celebration match

Team Bath Netball coaching greats Jess Thirlby and Anna Stembridge will be back on the bench at the Team Bath Arena this Friday after being confirmed as the coaches for the All-Stars celebration match. Thirlby and Stembridge, present and...

Read More
15.06.24 - Cardiff Dragons v Team Bath, Netball Super League - Team Bath pose up after their final NSL match
Team Bath Netball keep fighting to the end as Super League era comes to an emotional conclusion in Cardiff

Team Bath Netball’s historic 19-year tenure in the Super League came to an end on Saturday on an emotional evening in Cardiff. Cardiff Dragons claimed a well-deserved 58-41 victory on the night, built on a strong first-half performance, but...

Read More
A graphic promoting the Team Bath Netball All-Stars Super League celebration match at the University of Bath on Friday 21st June 2024
Trailblazing champions among Team Bath Netball legends back in Blue & Gold for All-Stars celebration match – tickets on sale now

A host of iconic players from Team Bath Netball’s storied past will be donning the famous Blue & Gold once again on Friday 21st June for an All-Stars match celebrating the franchise’s trailblazing contribution to the sport. Rachel Dunn,...

Read More
Team Bath Netball Sponsors
Partners and Suppliers