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Vitality Netball Superleague: Layla Guscoth returns to Team Bath for the 2022 season |  Netball News


The England international defender will return with the 2021 finalists for another season; The 29-year-old said: “For us this year it’s just a matter of cleaning up a few points that we have been exposed to towards the end of the season and building on partnerships.”

Last update: 10/13/21 11:05 am

Layla Guscoth will be back in blue and gold for the 2022 season (Image credit: Ben Lumley)

England international Layla Guscoth has re-signed up to Bath Netball for the 2022 Vitality Netball Superleague season.

The defender will reconnect with fellow England internationals Serena Guthrie and Imogen Allison in the franchise, and shooter Kim Borger is also a key manager who has resigned.

“I’m really excited for the new season,” said Guscoth, who is on his second stint in the Superleague franchise.

“I think 2021 has been a great season for us and it was great to make the Grand Final, but I hope we can do better next year.

“I think we learned a lot from this [final] . For a good part of the team, it was their first experience in the final and it will build confidence.

“This year, it’s just a matter of cleaning up a few points that we were exposed to towards the end of the season and building on partnerships.

“It’s certainly not about coming back to the drawing board; it’s about identifying the positives, of which there were a lot last season, and refining the tactical things that will put us above line.”

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Guscoth, who is a doctor at Royal United Hospitals Bath, believes fans’ return to Team Bath Arena can help the team take that next step.

“I can’t wait to relive the sound and excitement of Team Bath Sports Training Village,” she said.

“It was in 2018 the last time I played here. Bath has a really good production, you really feel like you’re playing at home and that helps you cross the finish line.”

Along with an exciting Vitality Netball Superleague season, Guscoth is aiming for selection for the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held in the city where she was born and raised, Birmingham.

“The Commonwealth Games in England, and even more so in Birmingham, are really amazing,” she commented.

“Netball showed in 2018 how great it is and England’s gold medal victory has really reinvigorated the sport in this country.

“I’m really excited to see what competing at home in my hometown can do and how exciting it will be to play good netball around the country.”

Guscoth was also excited to be part of the official start of the Queen’s Baton Relay earlier in October. The Relay will visit 72 Commonwealth Nations and Territories for 294 days.

In total, around 7,500 “stick bearers” will participate and the trip will end at the opening ceremony in July 2022, when the last bearer returns the witness to the Queen.

“It’s such a surreal and proud moment for me as an athlete with strong roots in Birmingham,” said Guscoth.

“There has been so much buzz and excitement in the West Midlands and the start of the Relay has now brought all of this wonderful energy to life.

“The countdown has really started, and I can’t wait to see the Baton return to Birmingham in 294 days!”

For now, Guscoth is focused on pre-season training with Team Bath and the franchise is one of eight teams that will compete in the British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship on October 30.

This year Manchester Thunder, Strathclyde Sirens, Saracens Mavericks and Wasps will all challenge Team Bath, defending champions Loughborough Lightning and debutants London Pulse and Leeds Rhinos.

This will be the first British Fast5 Netball All-Stars Championship since 2019, due to COVID-19 causing the 2020 event to be canceled, and every match will be live Sky sports.

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