Team Bath Netball’s fixtures have been revealed for the 2020 Vitality Superleague season – and fans can look forward to once again seeing shooting star Kim Commane in the Blue & Gold when the action gets under way.
The Australian proved to be a huge hit on and off the court last season and ended a dazzling debut campaign by winning the fans’, players’ and coaches’ accolades at Team Bath’s Superleague Player of the Year awards.
She is determined to build on those performances during the 2020 season, which will see Team Bath take on 2017 and 2018 champions Wasps in a mouth-watering opening home match.
Defending champions Manchester Thunder will also visit the Team Bath Arena during the opening month for a match being shown live on Sky Sports, as is the final home game of the regular season against Loughborough Lightning.
Tickets are now on general sale for all nine home matches in 2020, one more than last season, and Commane cannot wait to run out in front of the Blue & Gold supporters once again.
“I’m really excited to be back in Bath and I’m looking forward to what the new season holds,” she said. “Our squad is shaping up well and I loved playing in front of the Team Bath fans last season, I can’t wait to get going again.”
Commane returned to her home country over the summer and played for Melbourne Vixens in Suncorp Super Netball but never had any doubt that she would return to Bath.
“I’d committed to coming back to Bath before I returned to Australia, so I’ve had to keep it secret for a few months,” she said.
“I absolutely loved my first season here. The style of play was slightly different to back in Australia but I felt like I slotted in well and made some really good connections on and off the court, which I’m hoping to build on this season.
“I love the Bath lifestyle too, it’s a big enough city but there is a country kind of vibe to it too which my husband and I really enjoy.”
Anna Stembridge, Team Bath’s Superleague Head Coach, is delighted to welcome back a player who slotted seamlessly into the Blue & Gold culture from day one.
“We are so pleased to have Kim back, we all love her,” said Stembridge. “She is calm, composed and prolific at going to goal – everything you want from a shooter – but what has been more impressive for me is her leadership and selfless attitude.
“Her phrase would be ‘whatever the team needs me to do I’ll do, whatever the team needs me to be I’ll be’. That’s how Kim works and she demonstrates the values and behaviours we want in this environment.”
Commane is the seventh member of the Team Bath squad confirmed for the 2020 Superleague season along with Imogen Allison, Mia Ritchie, Abi Robson, Rachel Shaw, Fionnuala Toner and Eboni Usoro-Brown.
Both season and match-day tickets for the Team Bath Arena are on sale now – visit netball.teambath.com/tickets to find out more.
Team Bath Netball is partnering with local charity Sporting Family Change in 2020 to help make a difference through sport. Centurion Chartered Financial Partners are Team Bath’s people development partner.
Team Bath Netball 2020 Vitality Superleague fixtures (home games in capitals)
Sat, Feb 22 – Loughborough Lightning (Arena Birmingham, 3.30pm)
Sat, Feb 29 – Celtic Dragons (4pm)
Fri, Mar 6 – WASPS (7.30pm)
Mon, Mar 16 – LONDON PULSE (7.30pm)
Fri, Mar 20 – Strathclyde Sirens (7pm)*
Mon, Mar 30 – MANCHESTER THUNDER (7pm)*
Mon, Apr 6 – Saracens Mavericks (7pm)
Sat, Apr 11 – SEVERN STARS (5pm)
Sat, Apr 18 – Loughborough Lightning (6pm)
Fri, Apr 24 – SURREY STORM (7.30pm)
Wed, Apr 29 – CELTIC DRAGONS (7.30pm)
Mon, May 4 – Wasps (7.30pm)
Sun, May 10 – London Pulse (3pm)
Fri, May 15 – STRATHCLYDE SIRENS (7.30pm)
Mon, May 25 – Manchester Thunder (7pm)*
Mon, Jun 1 – SARACENS MAVERICKS (7pm)*
Wed, Jun 3 – Severn Stars (7pm)
Mon, Jun 8 – LOUGHBOROUGH LIGHTNING (7pm)*
Mon, Jun 15 – Surrey Storm (7pm)
Sat, Jun 27 – Superleague semi-finals
Sat, Jul 4 – Superleague Grand Final
* Live on Sky Sports
Courtesy of the Team Bath Press Office at Matchtight