Netball Proteas goalkeeper and defender Phumza Maweni. Picture: REG CALDECOTT
Netball Proteas goalkeeper and defender Phumza Maweni. Picture: REG CALDECOTT

SA netball star Phumza Maweni has joined English side Team Bath for the 2022 Vitality Superleague.

Maweni, who has carved out a reputation as a formidable defender and goalkeeper, spent the last three years with Sunshine Coast Lightning in Australia’s Suncorp Super Netball League. Shewill link up with established players such as Layla Guscoth, Imogen Allison and Serena Guthrie as Bath puts all into going one better than last season’s Grand Final loss.

“I’m really excited to be joining Team Bath,” she said. “I want to deliver what I can for the club and use the strengths I have to make a difference for the team. As a defender I’m vertical and vocal, you need to talk and guide people in the goalkeeper position.

“I am easy to work with and I am very willing to learn from other players, always open to new approaches. I’m looking forward to working with everyone in the Bath family and am keen to learn what I can from them.

“To play alongside someone like Layla will be a real highlight because she is one of those athletes who has everything. Serena is a great of netball and it will be amazing to play with her and Imogen is incredibly athletic at wing defence.

“Team Bath’s shooting circle is very strong too and I can’t wait to see what we can do. It’s going to be a massive, massive season.”

Maweni is no stranger to the Superleague, having had previous spells with Loughborough Lightning and Severn Stars.

“I played for Lightning in 2015 and Stars in 2018 before moving to Australia. I remember Team Bath as one of the teams who were always hard to play against, strong in both attack and defence.

“I had the best time in Australia, it was massive for me to play there for three years and I learnt so much during my time at Sunshine Coast Lightning. I was really grateful for the opportunity and I think I had three great seasons.

“I enjoyed my time off the court as well, exploring and experiencing a different culture.”

Team Bath coach Anna Stembridge is excited to have Maweni in her team. “We are absolutely delighted that Phumza will be joining us for the new Superleague season. Her style of defending will really complement the players we have but, equally important, she is the type of character and personality we look for.

“Phumza is an extremely athletic and rangy keeper, and she is a real thinker on the court too. You can see her working out the strengths of the opposing shooter and finding the opportunities that she can exploit.

“She is coming here off the back of a successful spell in Australia and some fantastic performances for her country. Phumza is going to be a formidable addition to our defensive unit and we can’t wait to welcome her into the Blue & Gold family.”

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