Anna Stimbridge’s team took the title and prize of £100,000 for the first time after defeating the Saracens Mavericks in the final; Layla Goskoth receives the MVP award

Last update: 10/30/21 7:08 PM

The Bath Netball team beat the Saracens Mavericks in the final competition of the day (Image credit: Matchroom Multi Sport)

The Bath Netball team beat the Saracens Mavericks in the final competition of the day (Image credit: Matchroom Multi Sport)

Bath Netball won the British Fast5 All-Star Championship for the first time after defeating Saracens Mavericks in the final at the Copper Box Arena.

Anna Stimbridge’s side had not won a game during the last edition of the competition in 2019 and had fallen to the final hurdle the year before.

However, an intense campaign secured their place in the 2021 final, and in it, they kept their cool against a team the fans had been under the spell of from their first dance walk – the Saracens Mavericks.

Both teams worked hard to reach the decisive competition. Bath netball’s side have had two one-goal wins in their previous matches, while the Mavericks knocked out the 2019 champion, Loughborough Lightning, 51-30 and beat Manchester Thunder in the semi-finals.

It was the 2018 champion, Wasps, who was once again inspired by Rachel Dunn’s long-range accuracy, who fell to Team Bath in the second semi-final.

The Bath Netball team put Saracens Mavericks bowlers under a lot of pressure in the final (Image credit: Matchroom Multi Sport)

The Bath Netball team put Saracens Mavericks bowlers under a lot of pressure in the final (Image credit: Matchroom Multi Sport)

During the final, Team Bath produced a consistent netball. At one end, bowlers kept the scoreboard tense with three-point shots, and at the other, outstanding defensive pressure kept the Mavericks out.

All the while, England international Leila Goskoth has come out on top. Combined with her defensive partners, she was able to disrupt the flow of Mavericks shooters Chloe Essam and Caden Corbin.

Despite losing in the final, Saracens Mavericks had tremendous energy and astounded the audience with their work (Image credit: Matchroom Multi Sport)

Despite losing in the final, Saracens Mavericks had tremendous energy and astounded the audience with their work (Image credit: Matchroom Multi Sport)

Prior to the final, Isam and Corbin stunned the crowd with their three-point and five-point accuracy, however, with Goskoth’s shot, they couldn’t get into the same groove.

Unlike matches in the Double Elimination Round, neither Bath nor the Mavericks ever set foot on the gas during their Golden Buzzer Power stints.

Bath’s 12-6 remained after them and the Mavericks didn’t produce the ten numbers they had previously, only adding six points during their run. As a result, the final score of 23-17 was one of the lowest points of the day.

Team Bath Netball – The way to the address

Opening match Team Bath Netball 27-26 London Pulse
second match Manchester Thunder 36-16 Team Bath Netball
third match Bath netball team 23-17 London Pulse
semi-finals Wasps 28-29 netball BATH team
last Saracens Mavericks 17-23 Team Bath Netball

“We really had fun,” Bath coach Stimbridge said after his win.

“Close matches – win with only one goal – I know it’s great for viewers but it’s not great for my hair! I have gray hair now!!”

Despite suffering from the jittery Bath endings, Stimbridge devoted special praise to Lucy Herdman, who was on loan from the Severn Stars to compete.

“Lucy has been fantastic; she really came in and got on the team. All credit to the team for embracing her too. It was great having our rose athletes back and the girls prepared so well for this competition,” she said. .

“In the end, you play a game to win but we also talk about having fun. After this loss to the Thunder [in the second game] We set some fires to our stomachs and made sure to keep going and put on performances that we were proud of.”

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