team bath logoBath netballers are celebrating winning the British Universities and Colleges Sport Championship for the first time in four years.

The University of Bath team beat Leeds Met Carnegie 72-60 in last night’s BUCS championship final in Sheffield.

The teams were closely matched in the opening half but the third quarter proved to be decisive with UoB opening up a 10-point lead.

The winning squad featured a number of Fiat Netball Superleague players, who will be back in action tomorrow night when Team Bath host Surrey Storm.

Last night’s victory made it a particularly good week for UoB netball skipper Mia Ritchie, after being added to the England senior squad for the matches against Barbados.

The University of Bath team was coached by Emily Perry, with Denise Ellis as assistant.

Starting seven GS Kadeen Corbin, GA Kate McGinley, WA Mia Ritchie (capt), C Millie Grey, WD Becky Watkins, GD Scarlett Williams, GK Hannah Taylor.

Q2 changes: Kat Hayes to GS, Corbin to GA, Yasmin Parsons to WA, Ritchie to C. Q4 changes: Corbin to GS, McGinley to GA. Bench: Lois Rideout, Neala Brennan.

Scores (UoB first) Q1 18-15 Q2 17-17 (35-32) Q3 20-13 (55-45) Q4 17-15 (72-60)

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