What a fantastic way to start the 2018 netball calendar of events, with a pre-season tri-tournament. Team Bath coming out on top, beating Severn Stars and Wasps Netball. The three teams battling it out over three games of an action packed forty minutes.
The venue filled with spectators being entertained by teams displaying a true test of fitness, skill and mental agility. A perfect opportunity to see a taster of what is to come in the season ahead.
Match 1 saw Team Bath coming from behind to beat Severn Stars 35-27. The power, strength and coverage from the defence in both shooting circles was incredible. A solid performance by Eboni Beckford-Chambers for Team Bath and Jodie Gibson for Severn Stars. Dominating their area of play, forcing the attacking players to work incredibly hard to score their goals.
Match 2 saw last season’s winners, Wasps, beating Severn Stars 39-32. An exciting game seeing an unfortunate collision in the first quarter that left Natalie Haythornthwaite on the floor dazed and confused, resulting in the end of her tri-tournament play. Fingers crossed she makes a full and speedy recovery ready for the season ahead.
This match saw many stand-out players, from the experienced combination of Jade Clarke & Rachel Dunn in the Wasps attack to Sam Cook’s strength on the Severn Stars defence. Best performance for me in this match goes to Ellie Cardwell who maintained a cool, calm and collected outlook even under pressure from the strong Wasps defence.
Match 3 was the most exciting of all, seeing Bath vs Wasps. It was a tight match throughout, but Bath took a while to score, the turning point was a jaw dropping interception by Layla Guscoth, coming from nowhere her interception instantly lifted the entire team, sparking a run of goals to catch up and overtake Wasps to take the first quarter 7-6.
The early part of the second quarter saw Team Bath pull away, only this exertion to create a good lead saw the team fatigue and start to make mistakes. Wasps were ready to take advantage of those few minutes and they caught back up within two to end the quarter 15-13.
The second half was a mixed performance of outstanding play and wild, messy outbursts mainly due to player fatigue. Even so the crowd were not disappointed. The final score seeing Team Bath win 29-25.
The tri-tournament provided the crowd with a gripping insight of what is to come in the season ahead.