STAND OFF: England Roses
TEAM ENGLAND have announced an experienced netball squad for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia.
The squad includes Geva Mentor who will represent England at her fifth Commonwealth Games, Jade Clarke who will compete at her fourth games as well as captain Ama Agbeze, Eboni Beckford- Chambers and Jo Harten who will compete at their third Games respectively.
The team known as the “England Roses” finished in fourth place at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and have won three bronze medals since the sport was introduced to the Games in 1998.
Team England’s netballers head into the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the back of some of the best results in the team’s history with victories over South Africa and New Zealand helping them to their best ever finish in the prestigious Quad Series.
At the 2018 Games Team England have been drawn in Pool B alongside New Zealand, Malawi, Wales, Scotland and Uganda. England captain Agbeze said “The Commonwealth Games is a pinnacle event in the netball calendar with all the top teams in the world in attendance.
“Our team have been steadily building to this point and we aim to return
England’s best result since netball’s inclusion in the Games of Kuala Lumpur in 1998.
“We understand that this will be no mean feat, with the Games being in Australia; with its close proximity to New Zealand, both the number 1 and 2 ranked countries will have plenty of support on the ground. It is an exciting opportunity and we are relishing the challenge.”
One of the major surprises when the squad was announced was the omission of Sasha Corbin. Sasha, is equally comfortable at centre or wing attack, would have provided bags of experience to the talented squad.
However, the Corbin family will be represented as Sasha’s sister, Kadeen, who was selected. Head Coach Tracey Neville said “I think over the current international calendar all players stepped up in performance and there were some tough decisions made in selection.
The 12 athletes selected offer us versatility, strength in particular court areas and units, and a wealth of experience with players who can lead the team from the front.”
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