Team Bath’s new-look Superleague squad are part-way through their 2015 season. The going has been tough so far with a run of home defeats after an opening win against Team Northumbria.
Coach Thirlby has the squad training hard as they seek to convert their fizzing individual talent into consistent and cohesive match-winning performances.
The Carter Jonas backed squad includes England defenders Sam Cook and Stacey Francis as well as Scottish captain Claire Brownie. Rachel Shaw, a rising England talent, is back after a long injury lay-off and excitement still surrounds the squad which is being watched by record crowds.
The fans play a vital part as the eighth player for the team and there are still some must-see fixtures, including two televised fixtures at home against reigning champions Manchester Thunder on Monday 23 March and Welsh franchise Celtic Dragons on Monday 31 March.
Team Bath, sponsored by Carter Jonas, have a proud history in this national, televised league having won the title five times before.
Team Bath’s fixtures for the coming season – the 10th year of the Superleague – were announced in the Autumn.
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And Team Bath will complete the round-robin stage of the 2015 Superleague with a home game against Celtic Dragons on Monday 13 April.
Team Bath are the most successful Team in the history of the Superleague, winning five of the nine campaigns contested to date. They won the inaugural Superleague in 2006 and followed that up with victories in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2013.
Jess Thirlby, Team Bath’s head coach, said after the squad’s roller-coaster start: “Rome wasn’t built in a day and I still believe that we will get better with every game and every performance”.
“Without doubt one of our greatest strengths as a franchise is our fan base. Our supporters are the best in the country and we hope they’ll be here in force to cheer us on for the second half of the league”.
Team Bath’s 2015 Netball Superleague fixtures
|Round||Date||Fixture||Time||Home or away|
|1||Saturday 31 January||Team Northumbria v Team Bath||6.30pm||Away|
|2||Saturday 7 February||Manchester Thunder v Team Bath||5pm||Away|
|3||Monday 9 February||Team Bath v Surrey Storm (Sky Sports live televised fixture)||7.45pm||Home|
|4||Friday 13 February||Team Bath v Hertfordshire Mavericks||7.45pm||Home|
|5||Friday 20 February||Team Bath v Yorkshire Jets||7.45pm||Home|
|6||Monday 2 March||Celtic Dragons v Team Bath||7.45pm||Away|
|7||Friday 6 March||Team Bath v Loughborough Lightning||7.45pm||Home|
|8||Friday 13 March||Team Bath v Team Northumbria||7.45pm||Home|
|9||Tuesday 17 March||Surrey Storm v Team Bath||8pm||Away|
|10||Monday 23 March||Team Bath v Manchester Thunder (Sky Sports live televised fixture)||7.45pm||Home|
|11||Monday 30 March||Hertfordshire Mavericks v Team Bath (Sky Sports live televised fixture)||7.45pm||Away|
|12||Thursday 2 April||Yorkshire Jets v Team Bath||8pm||Away|
|13||Monday 6 April||Loughborough Lightning v Team Bath||7pm||Away|
|14||Monday 13 April||Team Bath v Celtic Dragons (Sky Sports live televised fixture)||7.45pm||Home|
* Home game start times quoted above are the actual match start times. For home games, doors open at 6.45pm and pre-match entermainment and warm-ups get underway at 7pm.
Tickets for Team Bath’s 2015 home games cost £9 for adults and £6.50 for concessions. Students can buy tickets for £3.50. Family tickets, which give two adults and two children or one adult and three children the chance to see the game, cost just £25.00 per game.
We are also once again offering our group ticket rate – if you buy 10 tickets for one game you get one of them free.
Carter Jonas are Team Bath Netball’s property partner. Surridge are the official kit supplier and Skins provide the team with compression wear.
For further information members of the media can contact the Team Bath press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or at firstname.lastname@example.org