Team Bath Netball’s top coaching duo – Jess Thirlby and Anna Stembridge – say there is “never a better time” for fans to show their Blue & Gold as tickets go on sale today for the new Vitality Netball Superleague.
With the return of world star and England Commonwealth Games gold medallist Serena Guthrie to her home side, fans will have a new-look line-up to get behind.
“Netball as a sport is more exciting than ever”, said coach Thirlby. “England took Commonwealth Gold earlier this year and next year we will host the World Cup. Bath is set to play our part in that excitement with a squad that mixes top names with exciting newcomers.”
“The atmosphere will be electric, I’m sure,” added Stembridge. “We have players like Eboni Beckford Chambers, also a Commonwealth Champion, Imogen Allison, Rachel Shaw and Mia Ritchie re-committing to the Blue and Gold alongside exciting new talents like Summer Artman and Leila Thomas.”
While Team Bath Netball has named some of its roster both coaches are hinting at more names to come.
Team Bath’s matches are played in the 2000-seat Team Bath Arena and the first home fixture – against Surrey Storm – will be televised by Sky. Before that the Blue and Gold will travel away to the curtain-raising Super Ten at the Birmingham Arena to face Celtic Dragons (January 5) followed by a trip to Scotland to play Strathclyde Sirens (January 11).
This year will see the advent of “gold” and “value” seats, offering a range of opportunity for all fans to watch the team in action for its eight home fixtures. The 2019 Superleague season also features a new mid-season showcase weekend jointly hosted at the Ricoh and Emirates Arena on April 20 and 21.
Team Bath’s final home fixture of the league season will be against new franchise London Pulse on Saturday May 4* with the potential for a home semi-final (depending on results) on Saturday May 11. Visit netball.teambath.com to purchase tickets or for further details.
Team Bath Netball are sponsored by Sitec and supported by partners Mogers Drewett, Soldi and Netball South West. Centurion Chartered Financial Planners are supporting the team’s performance analysis and people development capabilities, Viper 10 are their Sportswear Supplier and Skins provide the team with compression wear.
Team Bath Netball 2019 Vitality Superleague fixtures
Jan 5: Celtic Dragons v Team Bath (Arena Birmingham, TBC)
Jan 11: Strathclyde Sirens v Team Bath (Emirates Arena, 7.30pm)
Jan 28: Team Bath v Surrey Storm (Team Bath Arena, 7pm, live on Sky Sports)
Feb 1: Team Bath v Severn Stars (Team Bath Arena, 7.30pm)
Feb 9: Loughborough Lightning v Team Bath (Loughborough University, 6pm)
Feb 16: benecosMavericks v Team Bath (University of Essex, 6pm, live on Sky Sports)
Feb 22: Team Bath v Wasps (Team Bath Arena, 7.30pm)
Mar 1: Team Bath v Manchester Thunder (Team Bath Arena, 7.30pm)
Mar 11: London Pulse v Team Bath (Copper Box Arena, 7.30pm, live on Sky Sports)
Mar 16: Team Bath v Celtic Dragons (Team Bath Arena, 5pm)
Mar 22: Team Bath v Strathclyde Sirens (Team Bath Arena, 7.30pm)
Apr 1: Surrey Storm v Team Bath (Surrey Sports Park, 7.30pm)
Apr 5: Wasps v Team Bath (Ricoh Arena, 7.30pm)
Apr 12: Team Bath v Loughborough Lightning (Team Bath Arena, 7.30pm)*
Apr 20: Severn Stars v Team Bath (Gloucester, 6pm)
Apr 21: Team Bath v benecosMavericks (Ricoh Arena, TBC)
Apr 27: Manchester Thunder v Team Bath (Belle Vue, 5pm)
May 4: Team Bath v London Pulse (Team Bath Arena, 6pm)*
May 11: Superleague semi-finals
May 18: Superleague Grand Final (Copper Box Arena)
*Subject to allocation of TV fixtures
Courtesy of Team Bath Press Office at Matchtight Ltd.