Team Bath Netball edge Surrey Storm and benecosMavericks in tri-tournament
Last Updated: 17/12/18 9:57am
Team Bath Netball provided a festive flourish to their pre-season preparations when they won their annual tri-tournament with two excellent displays in front of their home fans.
The Blue & Gold picked up wins over Surrey Storm and benecosMavericks to continue their preparations ahead of the 2019 Vitality Superleague season.
Bath and Mavericks beat Storm 40-34 and 48-46 respectively to set up a winner-takes all game in the final match at the Team Bath Arena.
The home side then scored a 46-32 victory in the third game to claim the honours.
It is the fourth successive year that Team Bath have won their pre-season tournament and co-captain Eboni Usoro-Brown was delighted that all 13 players in the Blue & Gold squad were able to play key roles in the victory.
"We're really pleased and we can take great confidence from the way we played in both games into the season," she said. "Every single player got on court, every single player contributed and some of our play today was phenomenal.
"Thank you to each and every one of the fans who came to watch today, it was great to see such massive support. We hope to see them packing out the stands throughout the 2019 season."
Fellow Commonwealth champion Serena Guthrie, who was making her first appearance in Blue & Gold at the Team Bath Arena since returning a stellar spell in Australia and New Zealand, added: "It was good to get our final run-out going into the Christmas break. We've been working hard in training so to go out there today and see how we measure up in match-play was good.
"I love Bath, it's a beautiful place, and I've missed it so it's nice to be back. We have an awesome team and we're trying to get over the line this year after just falling short in the semi-finals so it's great to be a part of that journey."
Pre-season tournament results:
|Team Bath||40-34||Surrey Storm|
Team Bath: Imogen Allison, Summer Artman, Kim Commane, Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, Beryl Friday, Serena Guthrie, Abi Robson, Mia Ritchie, Laura Rudland, Rachel Shaw, Leila Thomas, Eboni Usoro-Brown, Amanda Varey.
benecosMavericks: Karyn Bailey, Steph Collard, Kadeen Corbin, Sasha Corbin, Beth Ecuyer Dale, George Fisher, Lindsay Keable, Georgia Lees, Gabby Marshall, Lauren Nicholls, Tash Pavelin.
Surrey Storm: Mikki Austin, Sigi Burger, Jessica Dale, Rhea Dixon, Emily Gulvin, Yasmin Hodge England, Katy Holland, Nicole Humphreys, Lorraine Koweleska, Laura Morton, Yasmin Parsons, Alima Priest.
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