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Netball - 07. April 2007.

Defending Champions Team Bath Hold on to their 6 point lead

Defending Champions Team Bath Hold on to their 6 point lead

Reigning Netball Superleague champions TeamBath put in a superb defensive performance to defeat last season's Grand Finallists Mavericks 56-38 in a thrilling game at the Bath University Sports Village, and retain their unbeaten record for the season.

In a superb defensive display, TeamBath restricted the visitors to only 18 attempts on goal in the first half, with GD Billy Bowers and GK Geva Mentor in dominant form throughout the game. Despite some superb shooting by Mavericks' England star Louisa Brownfield, who netted 18 goals from 19 attempts, the pressure put on the visitors by TeamBath's defensive commitment was immense. England and TeamBath GA Tamsin Greenway netted 13/13 for the second half as the champions took the points for the game, although Mavericks will be pleased that they won the final quarter 12-10. Final score: TeamBath 56 Mavericks 38

Meanwhile, Loughborough Lightning moved into third position with an impressive 67-45 win over Team Northumbria. When the two sides met earlier in the season, it ended in a closely contested draw, but on their home court at Loughborough University, Lightning were in dominant mood from the first whistle. Tomlin and Agbeze made life particularly difficult for Northumbria's Ala Mailulu from the start, while the centre court combination of Percy, Clarke and Murphy moved the ball through to the Lightning shooters with fluidity and precision. Former England captain Murphy was in particularly dominant form throughout the game, pulling off several key interceptions and driving the ball with pace through to the circle edge. Loughborough look to be coming into form at exactly the right time, while, for Northumbria, a place in the play offs could be slipping away.

Brunel Hurricanes move back into second place with a 51-29 win over the Celtic Dragons at the Welsh Institute of Sport in Cardiff. Despite travelling to Wales without England star Chioma Ezeogu, rested because of a knee injury, and inspirational shooter Josie Leutton, Hurricanes were in positive mood from the first whistle, and thanks to some typically dominant work by international defenders Mkoloma and Hutchinson restricted the feeding options to tall GS Jamilla Abbott. With the London team's Australian GA Bridget Tait using her guile and accuracy to outwit the Welsh defence, Hurricanes pushed on to take the win and move back into second place in the table.

In the weekend's final match, Leeds Met Carnegie's unhappy season continued with another loss, this time at the hands of Northern Thunder, who took the victory 55-26. England U17 shooter Darcie Worsdale and former U21 star Natalie Woolley once again did the damage for Thunder, while former England squad member Beccy Douglass put in another dominant display for Thunder to restrict the Leeds shooters and kickstart several attacking moves for her team.

Watch all the action from the TeamBath vs Mavericks game, plus highlights of the week's other matches, on Sky Sports Extra next Thursday, 12 April at 5.30pm.



Forthcoming fixtures



14.04.07



Leeds Met Carnegie vs TeamBath, 4.00pm @ Leeds Met University

Celtic Dragons vs Team Northumbria, 5.00pm @ Welsh Institute of Sport, Sofia Gardens

Brunel Hurricanes vs Northern Thunder, 6.00pm @ Guildford Spectrum Centre



16.04.07



Mavericks vs Loughborough Lightning, 7.30pm @ Hertfordshire Sports Village



ADVANCE NOTICE: Grand Final 09 06 07, 5.30pm at Guildford Spectrum Centre, Guildford, Surrey (game to be broadcast live by Sky Sports from 5.45pm)



Press Enquiries: Rona Hunnisett Tel: 020 8406 3467

RHodium PR Mob: 07850 902126

Email: rona@rhodiumpr.co.uk


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