News Archive, Category: Netball

“I’m excited to see where we can go from here” – Anna Stembridge recommits to Team Bath Netball as Superleague Head Coach

22 May 2019

Anna Stembridge says she is excited to help start a new chapter in the Team Bath Netball history books after recommitting to the Blue & Gold in an enhanced Superleague Head Coach role. One of the most respected names in the game, Stembridge has held the role since 2015 while working in conjunction with Netball Head Coach Jess Thirlby who is leaving this summer after 20 years with the University of Bath’s Superleague franchise. Stembridge...

Team Bath Netball bag bronze medals in 2019 Vitality Superleague as Sophie Drakeford-Lewis wins Young Player of the Year

19 May 2019

A stunning second-half fightback saw Team Bath Netball turn a five-goal deficit into a six-goal winning margin as they beat Loughborough Lightning to secure a third-placed finish in the 2019 Vitality Superleague. It was a fitting conclusion to an excellent season for the Sitec-sponsored Blue & Gold, who once again showed tremendous character allied with outstanding quality to record a thrilling 62-56 victory at London’s Copper Box Arena. And there was more cause for celebration when goal...

Plenty of promise for the future as Team Bath Netball Club junior teams enjoy successful season

18 May 2019

The Team Bath Netball Club U12A squad have finished their season on a high having finished runners-up in Division 1 of the Avon League. The team of Mia (GK), Alex (GS), Bethan (GA), Evie (GS), Carys (GA), Evie (WA), Gracie (C), Lola (WA), Emily (WD), Ellie (GD), Betty (WD) and Casey (GK) came together from a number of local schools including King Edwards, Hayesfield, St Laurence, Kingswood and Ralph Allen. They also performed brilliantly to...

Strong finish is the target as Team Bath Netball face Loughborough Lightning in Vitality Superleague third-placed play-off

17 May 2019

Team Bath Netball are determined to finish the 2019 Vitality Superleague season on a high note when they face old rivals Loughborough Lightning in the third-placed play-off on Saturday (3pm). The Sitec-sponsored Blue & Gold narrowly missed out on a place in the Grand Final when they were beaten 57-54 at Manchester Thunder last weekend in a tremendous contest decided by the smallest of margins. Despite the disappointment, Team Bath’s players and staff have taken...

Netball star and University scholar Sophie Drakeford-Lewis shortlisted for Superleague Player of the Year award

14 May 2019

A stellar season for Sophie Drakeford-Lewis has earned the Team Bath Netball attacking star a nomination for the 2019 Vitality Superleague Player of the Year. Drakeford-Lewis - who combines her sport with studying Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath, where she is supported by a Bill Whiteley Sports Scholarship - has enhanced her reputation as one of the country's most exciting prospects during a campaign of tremendous consistency. One player from...

Team Bath Netball battle to the end of scintillating semi-final but clinical Manchester Thunder have the edge

11 May 2019

Team Bath Netball’s dreams of a sixth Vitality Superleague title were dashed at the semi-final stages for a fourth successive season as they were edged out 57-54 at Manchester Thunder tonight. An outstanding contest played at tremendous intensity and breakneck speed by both teams saw the Sitec-sponsored Blue & Gold take an early lead, then respond brilliantly to a Thunder fightback to win the second quarter and cut the gap to 28-27 at half-time. Thunder...

VIDEO: Rachel Shaw proud of Blue & Gold team spirit ahead of big Netball Superleague semi-final at Manchester Thunder

10 May 2019

With just a day to go until Team Bath Netball visit Manchester Thunder for their 2019 Vitality Superleague semi-final, Team Bath TV caught up with Rachel Shaw to get her thoughts on the big match. The popular wing-attack, who has played an influential role once again in the Blue & Gold reaching the last four for a record 13th time, reflected on the team spirit shown throughout the season and the challenge awaiting in Manchester....

2019 Sports Personality of the Year Heleen Maes with Vice-Chancellor Ian White

Volleyballers spike three top prizes as Blues Awards celebrate another great year of student sport in Bath

09 May 2019

The 2019 Blues Awards proved to be a big hit for the University of Bath Volleyball Club as they claimed three of the top honours during the annual celebration of student sport. International Management student Heleen Maes – captain, coach, treasurer and social media officer for the club – was voted by her peers as Sports Personality of the Year and received the award from Vice Chancellor Professor Ian White moments after volleyball had been...

VIDEO: Watch the Blue & Gold family pay tribute to Team Bath Netball legend Jess Thirlby after last home game

07 May 2019

It was an emotional evening at the Team Bath Arena on Saturday as the Blue & Gold family paid tribute to Jess Thirlby after her last home game. Jess has been part of Team Bath Netball for the past 20 years, first as a player - indeed she was the first player to join the elite programme when it was established at the University of Bath - and then as a hugely-successful coach. During that...

Perfect home send-off for Jess Thirlby as brilliant Blue & Gold secure Vitality Superleague semi-final place with big win over London Pulse

04 May 2019

Team Bath Netball are through to their 13th Vitality Superleague semi-final in 14 years after completing their league campaign with a convincing 72-50 victory over London Pulse. Roared on by another sell-out 1,300-strong crowd at the Team Bath Arena, the Sitec-sponsored Blue & Gold knew a win would guarantee their place in the top four and quickly calmed the nerves by racing into an early 8-0 lead. Pulse battled away but Team Bath remained dominant...

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