The Vitality Netball Superleague returned on Friday 12 February with rounds one and two taking place over four days at Production Park Studio 001, Wakefield. Both South West Franchises’ Team Bath & Severn Stars were in action in each round.
Five-time champions Team Bath Netball made their mark as they inflicted Celtic Dragons’ second defeat in the space of as many days. Anna Stembridge’s team accelerated away from their opponents to lead 31-15 at half time and didn’t relent in the second half with Betsy Creak selected as Vitality Player of the Match as they impressed with a 61-29 victory.
Team Bath Netball completed a winning weekend in the 2021 Vitality Superleague as they came through a hard-fought encounter against Loughborough Lightning with a 48-44 victory on Sunday. Vitality Player of the Match Serena Guthrie added: “That was a really tough game, Loughborough are historically a ‘finals’ side so we knew it was going to be a real step up from yesterday. I’m so proud how we just managed to hold it and pull away in the third quarter, that gave us that bit of a buffer we needed for the final period.”
Unfortunately Stars saw two defeats, firstly narrowly missing out to Strathclyde Sirens. After the game, Stars Head Coach Melissa Bessell said: “The game tonight was not the best quality performance that stars can produce, it was disappointing but I’m not totally disappointed. I think if you play as individuals in this game of netball you are going to lose, hence the result tonight.
Stars continued to fight right until the end of the game in Round 2 against Wasp. Paige Read made a strong return to the game in the final quarter with captain Leota working her magic and splitting the defence. There were many positive that they will take away from the games over the weekend in preparation for their next game in a couple of weeks.
Here’s how the table is currently standing:
Team Bath are next in action on Monday, 22nd February against Wasps (7.15pm centre-pass), in a match being shown live on Sky Sports Arena & Sky Sports YouTube. Severn Stars will be back on 28th February (12.00pm) against current champions Manchester Thunder in a match being shown live on Sky Sports YouTube. With their game after being shown on Sky Sports Arena on the 1st March against Lightning.