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TeamBath’s netballers secure biggest win at Loughborough
TeamBath and Loughborough Lightning went into the clash as the only two teams with a 100 per cent record so far this season.
And it was TeamBath that returned home with that record intact after an impressive team display.
TeamBath put their slow start against Brunel on Monday behind them, making a strong start against Lightning - they won the opening two quarters 16-11 and 14-12 to establish a seven-goal lead at the halfway mark.
Loughborough then battled back taking the third quarter 14-11 – as TeamBath made fewer turnovers and created fewer goal-scoring chances.
That meant TeamBath went into the decisive final quarter just four goals to the good with a 41-37 lead.
But TeamBath started the final quarter brightly and with Rachel Dunn and Pamela Cookey both shooting well, they took the period 18-11.
“We started really well and took the game to them. Our ball speed was really good and Sasha and Jo worked really hard to get good circle edge position,” said Jess Garland, TeamBath’s head coach.
“With only a four-goal lead going into the final quarter, we had to re-group and we finished the game strongly,” she added.
“It was a tight game, but you’d expect that when the two top teams in the league meet.
“There was a lot of pressure on the game, so to win by 11 goals is obviously pleasing. Eleven goals is pretty significant against the second placed team and it’s our biggest win at Loughborough in the Superleague.
“We want to go into the Christmas break with a 100 per cent record and that now rests on our final game against Mavericks, but we won’t be taking anything for granted.
“Come January I’m hoping to have the luxury of picking from our full 15 players for the first time this season,” she added, “There are still combinations we haven’t tried and players to come back into the team.”
TeamBath return to action on Monday 22nd December when they take on reigning champions Mavericks in the televised clash at the University of Bath Sports Training Village.
Quarter scores (TeamBath first): Q1: 16-11 Q2: 14-12 (30-23) Q3: 11-14 (41-37) Q4 18-11 (59-48)
Starting seven: GS Pamela Cookey, GA Tamsin Greenway, WA Sasha Corbin, C Jo Binns, WD Sara Bayman, GD Gemma Fletcher, GK Eboni Beckford-Chambers. Q2 change: Stacey Francis to GD. Q3 changes: Rachel Dunn to GS, Pamela Cookey to GA, Tamsin Greenway to WA, Sara Bayman to C, Clare Elsley to WD. Q4 change Gemma Fletcher to GD.
Shooting stats: Pamela Cookey 29/34 – 85 per cent
Tamsin Greenway – 12/17 – 71 per cent
Rachel Dunn – 18 from 20 – 90 per cent