SWINDON’S Kirsty Harris helped Team Bath Netball lift its first British Fast5 All-Stars title following an epic afternoon at London’s Copper Box Arena.

The Blue and Gold produced a series of tactical team performances and impactful displays from every player in the 10-strong squad to take the title, captain Imogen Allison lifting the trophy following a 23-17 win over Saracens Mavericks in the final.

Lucy Herdman, brought into the squad for her shooting expertise, scored two crucial last-gasp goals en route to the final and England star Layla Guscoth became the first defender ever to be named as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after helping a well-organised Team Bath outfit bounce back from defeat to Manchester Thunder in their second game with some inspirational displays.

An excellent day all round saw Academy graduates Molly Hole and Lily Jones make their senior debuts for Team Bath, whose triumphant squad also included vice-captain Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, Betsy Creak, Tash Pavelin, and Jess Shaw.

Anna Stembridge, Team Bath Superleague Head Coach, said: “It’s been so much fun. We’ve tried to embrace the rules and we’ve loved it. Ultimately you play the game to win but we also talk about having fun and we wanted to do that.

“There were some close games which were great for the spectators but not great for my hairline! Having that loss against Thunder put the fire in the belly and it meant we could control the narrative.”

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Team Bath, who are also supported by Rengen, provided plenty of entertainment and drama throughout an action-packed day for the spectators watching in the Arena, on Sky Sports and online.

Herdman’s first last-second winner came in their opening match against London Pulse, the Severn Stars player holding her nerve to secure a 27-26 victory, but Manchester Thunder used their Golden Buzzer two-minute double-points powerplay to excellent effect in the second match to beat Team Bath 36-16.

The double-elimination format meant Harris’ team had a second chance to reach the semi-finals and they took it confidently, this time beating Pulse 23-17 to set up a showdown with 2018 champions Wasps.

The Blue and Gold played brilliantly to lead 28-23 with a minute to go, only to be pegged back to all square by a Wasps five-pointer.

But the last action of a thrilling contest saw Allison’s feed rebound off the post to the perfectly-positioned Herdman, who finished coolly to send her team through to the final.

Team Bath had lost their previous Fast5 final in 2017 but came out on top this time as they used their Golden Buzzer perfectly to build up a lead against Mavericks. Harris’ team worked tirelessly to keep their dangerous opponents at bay to secure a 23-17 success and the silverware.