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Team England confirm netball squad for 2018 Commonwealth Games

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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.

Ama Agbeze defends against Jane Chimaliro (Photo: Getty Images)

England captain Ama 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.”

Jade Clarke said “It’s a really amazing feeling to be selected. The competition for spots was fierce this year with so many players in great form. I’m just as excited about my fourth CWG as my first! Representing Team England with the other sports and being in the village together makes the whole experience extra special.”

Natalie Haythornthwaite added “To be selected for my first ever CWG feels absolutely incredible. It’s something I’ve dreamt about for years and to actually be able to say I am going to a CWG is amazing. I still keep checking it’s actually happening – not just a dream! I am so honoured to have been selected and I cannot wait to see what we can all do out there in April.”

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.”

Name

Date of Birth Place of Birth Club

Commonwealth Games Experience

Ama Agbeze

12/11/1982 Selly Oak Northern Stars

(New Zealand)

Melbourne 2006 – Bronze

Glasgow 2014 – 4th

Eboni Beckford-Chambers 04/02/1988

Solihull

Team Bath

Dehli 2010 – Bronze

Glasgow 2014

Jade Clarke 17/10/1983 Partington Wasps Netball

Melbourne 2006 – Bronze

Dehli 2010 – Bronze

Glasgow 2014 – 4th

Beth Cobden

03/02/1993 Stafford Loughborough Lightning

N/A

Kadeen Corbin

27/11/1991 London Team Bath

Glasgow 2014 – 4th

Jodie Gibson

30/10/1992 Bury Severn Stars

N/A

Serena Guthrie

05/01/1990 Peterborough GIANTS Netball (Australia)

Glasgow 2014 – 4th

Jo Harten

21/03/1989 Harlow GIANTS Netball (Australia)

Dehli 2010 – Bronze

Glasgow 2014 – 4th

Natalie Haythornthwaite

09/12/1992 Keighley Wasps Netball

N/A

Helen Housby

19/01/1995 Carlisle NSW Swifts (Australia)

Glasgow 2014 – 4th

Geva Mentor

17/09/1984 Bournemouth Sunshine Coast Lightning (Australia)

Manchester 2002 – 4th

Melbourne 2006 – Bronze

Dehli 2010 – Bronze

Glasgow 2014 – 4th

Chelsea Pitman

08/06/1988 Paddington

(Sydney)

Adelaide Thunderbirds (Australia)

N/A

Report courtesy of England Netball

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