It is the return of The Co-operative International Netball Series next month and this time it is England v Australia.
Following a gruelling two day training camp in Sheffield this weekend, twelve of England’s premier netballers have been selected to compete.
Commenting on the selection, England coach Sue Hawkins said: “We put the squad through their paces at the weekend and I believe after some tough decisions we’ve selected a sharp twelve. I have no doubt that these players will give it their best game against Australia to come out at the top.”
Co-captains Karen Atkinson and Sonia Mkoloma will once again double the force of the England side as they lead the squad onto court. “Playing Australia is always pretty special and I’m proud to continue leading the England side out alongside Karen Atkinson,” commented Mkoloma.
Three England v Australia international series will take place throughout the country with games at the Liverpool Echo Arena, Nottingham Trent FM Arena and the London O2 arena.
Mkoloma continued, “It was only a few months ago that we played Australia in an international series in Bath and once again we proved we have what it takes to strongly compete with them. This international is crucial to see where we are in terms of Commonwealth Games preparation and the squad is excited about a massive competition in three brilliant arenas.”
The England squad is fully prepared to face Australia, having played weekly games against England’s highest level of netball competition The Co-operative Netball Superleague, improving their skills, positions, team building and technical ability in training.
Australia remain ranked first in the world, England remain third. New Zealand continue to hold second place in the world rankings and Jamaica fourth.
ENGLAND V AUSTRALIA DATES AND TICKET INFO
19th February 2010
Tel: 0844 8000 400
21st February 2010
TRENT FM ARENA NOTTINGHAM
Tel: 08444 124 624
23rd February 2010
THE O2 ARENA LONDON
Tel: 0844 856 0202
For more information visit www.englandnetball.co.uk
England Squad Announcement
Sonia Mkoloma – Co-Captain
Karen Atkinson – Co-Captain
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