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Netball - 02. March 2013.

Team Bath impress in beating Loughborough 69-30

It was a case of normal service resumed for Team Bath as they ran out 69-30
winners over Loughborough Lightning in the Netball Superleague at the
University of Bath tonight (Friday).

Playing in front of a sell-out crowd of almost 1400 fans, Team Bath quickly
erased memories of last week¹s defeat.

The two teams looked evenly matched early on as they probed each other for
weaknesses. Team Bath took the first quarter 13-8.

Team Bath stepped up the pace in the second quarter, producing a display of
fast accurate passing that left Lightning chasing shadows.

Mia Ritchie and Yasmin Parsons were both impressive in midcourt, creating
acres of space and finding Pamela Cookey and Asha Francis at will. They took
the score to 27-15 at the halfway mark.

The four-times Superleague champions produced a devastating third quarter,
which they took 20-5. Wing attack Amanda Trounce and centre Serena Guthrie
both showed their athleticism, producing a string of impressive passes for
Cookey, who looked unstoppable in the shooting circle.

She made shooting look easy, producing a display of finely flighted efforts
from around the circle. It was a near flawless shooting masterclass from the
England captain.

Loughborough made five changes in the final quarter, but they couldn¹t stem
the relentless flow.

Quarter four saw the introduction of 18-year-old Sophie Masterson at goal
keeper for Team Bath for her first taste of Superleague action, playing the
alongside sure footed and reliable England international Stacey Francis.

It was the perfect time to introduce a young player, who slotted straight
into the team, although Loughborough goal shooter Beth Payne, also
introduced for the last quarter, impressed as well.

But Team Bath refused to ease up late on, cutting the supply to Payne to
close out the game in impressive style at 69-30.

Pamela Cookey said: ³The girls really stepped up tonight. We were a bit
disappointed after last week¹s defeat, but we righted the wrongs tonight. It
was a great performance.²

Jess Thirlby, Team Bath¹s head coach, added: ³We didn¹t just want to win
tonight, we needed the performance as well. It was great to win all four
quarters, but it¹s still very much a work in progress.

³We¹ve got some players missing, so I¹m fortunate to have some options to
switch players around.²

Sophie Masterson said she enjoyed her first quarter of Superleague action.
³It was crazy, I can¹t remember the first 10 minutes," she said. "The crowd
were great tonight. It¹s a development year for me, I¹m learning loads just
training with the likes of Stacey (Francis) and Sam (Cook).²

Team Bath¹s next home fixture is against Team Northumbria on Friday 8 March.
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Quarter scores (Team Bath first): Q1: 13-8, Q2: 14-7 (27-15), Q3: 22-5
(49-20), Q4: 20-10 (69-30).

Starting sevens:
Team Bath: GS: Asha Francis, GA Pamela Cookey, WA Mia Ritchie, C Yasmin
Parsons, WD Serena Guthrie, GD  Stacey Francis, GK Gemma Stewart. Q2
changes: Parsons to WA, Ritchie to C. Q3 changes: Amanda Trounce to WA,
Guthrie to C, Ritchie to WD. Q4 changes: Cookey to GS, Francis to GA. Sophie
Masterson to GK.
Bench: Rosie Allison, Samantha Cook, Kelly Morgan.

Loughborough Lightning: GS: Nikita Piggott, GA Flo Edwards, WA Hannah
Joseph, C Sophie Candappa, WD Jodie Gibson, GD Lauren Massey, GK Jade
Q2 changes: Vanessa Walker to GS, Piggott to GA.  Q3 changes: Lauren
Steadman to WD, Gibson to GD. Q4 changes: Rachel Mulloy to GD. Q4 changes:
Beth Payne to GS, Walker to GA, Candappa to WA, Fran Desmond to C, Mulloy to
GD. Q4 timeout: Massey to WD.
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