SUPERLEAGUE NETBALL Team Bath top of table clash

Sophie Drakeford-Lewis cropFree to see Super League netball returns tonight with a top of the table clash between the last remaining unbeaten teams, South West favourites Team Bath and defending champions Manchester Thunder (1915).

Less than 24 hours later Bath are set to be back on court tomorrow for a West Country derby against Severn Stars (1600).

Team Bath Netball head coach Anna Stembridge says: “We have to throw everything at the next game in front of us, which is Thunder, but then we have to turn around within 24 hours and play really tenacious opposition in Stars with a tough one-on-one defence.

“That is going to be a huge challenge but one we are looking forward to. We are seeing every game and every style of opposition as an opportunity to see where we are at as a squad and to really thrive on that pressure.”

Third placed Team Bath and 2019 champions Thunder have won their opening three matches, and Stembridge is excited to see how her players will rise to tomorrow’s challenge having already recorded victories over leaders Loughborough Lightning and title contenders Wasps.

“It has been a brilliant test for us at the start of the season.

“We have loved being back on court and performing for our fans and the challenge of facing teams like Loughborough, Wasps and now Thunder.

“As a coach you don’t want an easy game, particularly as we are not supposed to be the finished article at this stage of the season. We are definitely building. We were able to use nine of the 12 players in our matchday squad against Lightning and Wasps, and it was great for them to all to experience that pressure, that level of intensity, teams going goal for goal and momentum shifts with teams coming back at you.

“Hopefully that will pay dividends later in the season when we’re right in the thick of it and have to manage performances, not only quarter by quarter but game by game with the double headers.”

Rising England star Sophie Drakeford-Lewis (pictured) whose shooting partnership with Kim Borger has already captured national attention, said: “Thunder are such a strong team across the court. We know that we will need to shut down their attack and we need to focus on what we have been working on in the last couple of weeks in training to get the result we want.  It will be a challenge but I’m sure it’s one we’re going to love”.

Borger agrees: “I’m looking forward to that challenge. We need to be able to go with them goal for goal.” 

Stembridge is also expecting a tough test for her squad tomorrow against a youthful Stars team, who take to court without captain and star attacker Liana Leota through injury.

Stembridge said: “You can’t underestimate Stars. I thought their young guns did very well against Loughborough, particularly shooter Issy Eaton, who is only 16.

“We are expecting a really competitive match, especially as we’ll be coming off the back of the Thunder game.”

Severn Stars - 10th in the 11-team table - start the action tonight against eighth-placed Surrey Storm.

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