The girls are back - and England ace Kadeen wants a crown
Rising star Kadeen Corbin has already been a part of netball history this year - now she wants to bring the glory days back to Team Bath.
Since winning the Superleague four times between 2006 and 2010, the University of Bath-based team have been in transition and lost out in the last two semi-finals.
But the return of England stars Pamela Cookey and Stacey Francis, plus a first-ever success at the Cathedral City Lighter FastNet Grand Prix last month, means belief is high going into the new season, which starts tonight against Celtic Dragons (8pm).
“The team is growing and gaining more confidence with every week,” said goal shooter Corbin, who is looking for her first Superleague title after making her Team Bath debut in 2011.
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“Last season was a development year but we still got to the last round of the Superleague.
“We always knew it was going to be tough and everyone was calling us the underdogs but we got to the semi-finals, so we didn’t do too bad.
“Now we have the likes of Pamela and Stacey back, which is great, and the experience of the past couple of years.
“Everyone in the league will be challenging in different ways but if we stay strong as a team, I think we have a real chance.”
Corbin’s personal confidence is soaring after she played a key role in England’s outstanding 3-0 series victory over Australia Diamonds last month.
The 21-year-old did not feature in the opening match at the University of Bath but came off the bench to make a significant contribution in the next two victories, converting 29 of her 39 shots.
“I was definitely nervous when I got on, it still felt like a shock for me to be there,” said Corbin, whose elder sister Sasha – herself a former Team Bath player – was also part of the triumphant England squad.
“But we were behind each other 100 per cent as a team and always felt we could beat them.
“The interest in netball has gone up massively during the past few weeks and it is a brilliant time to be involved in the sport.
“It is the number one women’s sport in the country and definitely should be in the Olympics. Hopefully all the recent coverage will help us get there.”
In the meantime, Corbin – who is studying sports performance – has set her immediate sights on domestic success with Team Bath.
“If we stick together and convert what we are doing in training into matches, I am sure that will make us successful – especially with such big home crowds behind us,” she added.
Superleague phase one fixtures
Tonight: Team Bath v Celtic Dragons (8pm).
February 16: Northern Thunder v Team Bath (8pm).
February 23: Surrey Storm v Team Bath (7pm).
March 1: Team Bath v Loughborough Lightning (8pm).
March 8: Team Bath v Team Northumbria (8pm).
March 15: Yorkshire Jets v Team Bath (8pm).
March 22: Hertfordshire Mavericks v Team Bath (8pm).
Visit www.teambath.com/events/ticketline or call 0844 888 4412 to purchase tickets for home games, priced £8 for adults and £6 concessions.