Team Bath plays London Pulse in the Netball Super League on March 8, 2024 at the Team Bath Arena, England. (Photo by Will Cooper/Feverpitch)

Bath still waits for their first home win, but not for lack of trying!

Team Bath took on the 2023 NSL runners-up, London Pulse, on Friday, which coincidentally was also International Women’s Day. It was a promising display from the blue and gold against a formidable London Pulse side who sit 3rd in the table and were fresh off a win against the defending champions – Loughborough Lightning. The visitors played a rapid counter-attacking game, which put the Bath defence to work. However, despite the effort, the visitors prevailed with a 76-43 victory, leaving Bath waiting for their first home win of the season.

Team Bath plays London Pulse in the Netball Super League on March 8, 2024, at the Team Bath Arena, England. (Photo by Will Cooper/Feverpitch)

First Half

In the build-up to the start of the game, there was a passionate and positive energy present amongst the Bath squad as well as the home crowd of 1700 strong across the arena. In the first quarter, both teams started strong, going back and forth with the attacks, but despite often entering the final third, Team Bath struggled to get as many shots in the hoop as London Pulse due to the solid defensive work of Funmi Fadoju and Halimat Adio, who initiated consistent counters for Olivia Tchine and Berri Neil to score. The score was left at 12-18 at the end of the first quarter, with the game continuing similarly for the second quarter, setting the halftime score as 23-37 to Pulse.

Second half

The hosts started the second half determined to reduce the point deficit scoring 5-1 in the first 4 minutes of the third quarter, thanks to the attacking tenacity of Kadeen Corbin and Sophie Kelly, which led to London Pulse making a game-changing substitution to bring in Nichole Taljaard, which brought back the energy into the Pulse attack, ending the quarter score at 13-19 for Pulse. With it being a 20-point game for Bath entering, substitutions were made to rest Corbin and Kelly, as London Pulse kept the attacking energy going, scoring 20-7 in the final quarter, ending the final score as 76-43. Despite Bath trailing, a standout performer throughout the 60 minutes was Goal Defence – Tash Pavelin who kept up with some impressive interceptions and blocks.

Team Bath player makes a pass
(Photo by Will Cooper/Feverpitch)

Match Details (Goals*)

Team Bath starting VII- K. Corbin (22*), S. Kelly (15*), B. Dyke, P. Maslen, L.M. Catling, T. Pavelin, L. Putt

Substitutes- E. Barrie (3*), S. Burton(3*), E. Ervine, K. Harris, J. Pechova

London Pulse starting VII- O. Tchine (36*), B. Neil (24*), A. Scholes, J. Clarke, Z. Everitt, F. Fadoju, H. Adio

Substitutes- N. Taljaard (16*), J. McEachrane, I. Phillips, D. Everitt, B. Grierson

Team Bath plays a strong game
(Photo by Will Cooper/Feverpitch)

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