Netball Superleague round-up: Mavericks, Dragons, Bath, Lightning & Wasps win

Kyra Jones
Surrey Storm's Mikki Austin marks Celtic Dragons centre Kyra Jones

Celtic Dragons held on to win 48-46 at Surrey Storm and record three wins in a single season for the first time since 2014.

Also in round eight, Team Bath beat Manchester Thunder 60-56 and Loughborough Lightning edged London Pulse 56-51.

League leaders and defending champions Wasps remain unbeaten after a 61-34 win over struggling Strathclyde Sirens.

Saracens Mavericks are second after a 64-46 win at Severn Stars on Monday.

Game of the week - Surrey Storm 46-48 Celtic Dragons

A number of matches from round eight could have made the cut but the sheer drama and rollercoaster nature of Dragons' victory over Storm stands out.

The visitors held an eight-goal lead at one point but Storm surged back into contention in the dying minutes before Dragons held their nerve to take the victory.

Dragons captain Nia Jones called the match a "dog fight" while head coach Tania Hoffman was pleased her side "dug in".

Wins for Lightning, Wasps and Bath

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London Pulse's Taylor Cullen battles for the ball with Loughborough Lightning's Hannah Joseph

In-form Mavericks are the closest pursuers to leaders Wasps following a convincing away victory over Stars on Monday evening.

Lightning moved level on points with third-placed Thunder with a gutsy home win over Pulse, who remain bottom of the Superleague table.

Bath secured their first win of the season over a top-four side, seeing off a late rally from Thunder, who have now lost two in three and face table-toppers Wasps on Wednesday.

What's in a nickname?

Serena Guthrie
Serena and Kurtis Guthrie were born in Jersey and have forged successful careers in netball and football respectively

Nicknames are a big part of sport - who could forget David Beckham aka Golden Balls or LeBron 'King' James?

And netball players are no different.

England and Team Bath centre Serena Guthrie goes by the moniker SerenaBob on her social media channels because of her signature afro-bob hairstyle.

But why is her brother Kurtis, a striker for League Two football club Stevenage, known as 'The Chief'?

"It comes from him having the sticker of an Indian chief inside his first car," Serena said.

"He absolutely loved it, he was obsessed with it and just named himself that and it became his lucky sticker.

"It also stems from the values of a chief - they are wise, the head of and respected by communities and my brother identifies with that and wants to encompass that, he wants to be the guy people come to for advice."

The 25-year-old former Colchester United forward loves the name so much, his pet dog is called - you guessed it - Chief.

Results & fixtures

Friday, 1 March

Team Bath 60-56 Manchester Thunder

Saturday, 2 March

Surrey Storm 46-48 Celtic Dragons

Loughborough Lighting 56-51 London Pulse

Wasps 61-34 Strathclyde Sirens

Monday, 4 March

Severn Stars 46-64 Saracens Mavericks

Superleague table 2019
Saracens Mavericks86218
Manchester Thunder75215
Loughborough Lightning85315
Team Bath74312
Surrey Storm8359
Celtic Dragons8359
Severn Stars7256
Strathclyde Sirens8266
London Pulse8173