Reigning champions England have introduced their 12-player squad for the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham subsequent month.
Coach Jess Thirlby has made 5 adjustments to that gold medal successful squad, with present West Coast Fever coaching associate Chelsea Pitman, Kadeen Corbin, Ama Agbeze and Jodie Gibson neglected and Serena Guthrie pregnant.
Natalie Metcalf (nee Haythornthwaite) will lead the squad as captain, with GIANTS star Jo Harten to function the vice-captain.
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There are 4 Commonwealth Video games debutants, together with self-proclaimed “half netballer-half physician” Layla Guscoth, midcourter Laura Malcolm and shooters Ellie Cardwell and Sophie Drakeford-Lewis.
The collection of each Cardwell and Drakeford-Lewis leaves the Roses with an inexperienced assault finish, however Thirlby isn’t involved.
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“Each single participant is aware of what finals netball appears to be like like and what’s required with many coming off the again of these inside their home seasons each house and abroad which is invaluable,” Thirlby mentioned.
“With these experiences we are able to proceed to construct momentum in our ultimate prep and the collective management throughout this 12 is excellent and certainly one of our best strengths.”
Of the 12 gamers chosen, 5 at the moment play within the Tremendous Netball league in Australia.
Metcalf is a former NSW Swift, whereas Layla Guscoth and Jade Clarke have additionally been a part of the Australian netball competitors earlier than returning to the UK.
Of the 4 England defenders chosen, solely Guscoth performs exterior of the Australian league – Stacey Francis-Bayman (West Coast Fever), Eboni Usoro-Brown (nee Beckford-Chambers, Queensland Firebirds) and Geva Mentor (Collingwood Magpies).
Clarke, England’s most skilled participant within the squad with 185 caps throughout her 20-year profession, mentioned she was excited to drag on the pink costume in entrance of house followers.
“It’s an enormous honour to be chosen for the Commonwealth Video games,” she mentioned.
“Being a part of Workforce England with all the opposite sports activities as one, in addition to it being a house recreation makes it so particular. I can’t wait to placed on the pink costume in entrance of a house crowd with this crew and to characterize England with satisfaction.”
England claimed the 2018 Commonwealth Video games gold medal with beautiful one-goal victory over Australia within the ultimate.
Australia introduced their squad for Birmingham final week whereas New Zealand is but to disclose who their ultimate 12 can be.
Shooters: Ellie Cardwell, Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, Jo Harten (VC), Helen Housby
Mid courtroom: Jade Clarke, Beth Cobden, Laura Malcolm, Natalie Metcalf (C)
Defence: Stacey Francis-Bayman, Layla Guscoth, Geva Mentor, Eboni Usoro-Brown
Reserves: Imogen Allison, Funmi Fadoju, George Fisher, Hannah Joseph