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Netball - 18. July 2014.

Netball News from around the World By Rona Hunnisett

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The countdown to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has now begun in earnest, with teams arriving in the UK to acclimatise and complete their preparations.  World number 1 team the Australian Diamonds have been training and playing practice matches in Manchester, and will face reigning Netball Superleague champions Northern Thunder on Saturday.  Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Silver Ferns have landed in the UK and will be based at Bath University before transferring to the athletes’ village.  The Jamaican Sunshine Girls have been in camp in Northumbria University’s state of the art new sports facilities as they get used to the cooler climes of the UK.

 

Meanwhile, the St Lucia squad for the Games has been announced:  experienced shooter Shem Maxwell will captain the side, with Zalika Paul as vice-captain.  The others selected are:  Germaine Altifois-Fenelon, Denise Charles, IannaHippolyte, RommelaHunte, Chattany Justin, Indira Laurencin-Roachford, Judie Mathurin, Delia Samuel, Roxanne Snyder, Saphia William.

Play gets under way in Glasgow at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) Precinct on 24 July at 11.30am, when the Australian Diamonds take on Wales and Malawi face Northern Ireland.  For all the news about the Commonwealth Games, please visit http://www.glasgow2014.com/ - a very small quantity of tickets for some matches are still available.  You can check here http://www.netball.org/images/documents/inf_events/non-inf_commonwealth_games/netball_competition_match_schedule_ticketingguide.pdf for the full match schedule.

 

Elsewhere, franchises in the ANZ Championship continue to announce their player rosters for the 2015 season.  England’s explosive midcourter Serena Guthrie will complete an all-international midcourt line up for the Northern Mystics when she debuts in the competition alongside New Zealand’s Laura Langman and Millie Lees.  Another England player, international captain Jade Clarke (who is set to achieve 100 international caps during the Commonwealth Games) has signed for the NSW Swifts, together with Erin Hoare and Micaela Wilson.  Growing work commitments have seen Sarah Wall, who joined the Swifts as a replacement player in the 2014 season, turn down the opportunity of a playing contract for the 2015 season.  Promising young Kiwi defender ErenaMikaere  is the first New Zealand import to sign for an Australian franchise, after she signed for the West Coast Fever, together with another young defensive star, April Letton.  Former Australian international Amy Steel is to move from the Melbourne Vixens to the Adelaide Thunderbirds.  For all the latest ANZ Championship news, please visit www.anz-championship.com.

 

Finally, condolences to the family and friends of former Trinidad and Tobago international Angela Burke Brown, who died this week after a long battle with cancer.  First selected for the national senior team at the age of 15, Brown was a member of the Calypso Girls team of 1979 which tied with Australia and New Zealand for the title at that year’s World Netball Championship.  Inducted to the Trinidad and Tobago Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, along with the other members of the 1979 team, Brown was credited with introducing the bounce pass to netball, having crossed over from playing basketball in the 1970s. World number 1 team the Australian Diamonds have been training and playing practice matches in Manchester, and will face reigning Netball Superleague champions Northern Thunder on Saturday.  Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Silver Ferns have landed in the UK and will be based at Bath University before transferring to the athletes’ village.  The Jamaican Sunshine Girls have been in camp in Northumbria University’s state of the art new sports facilities as they get used to the cooler climes of the UK.

 

Meanwhile, the St Lucia squad for the Games has been announced:  experienced shooter Shem Maxwell will captain the side, with Zalika Paul as vice-captain.  The others selected are:  Germaine Altifois-Fenelon, Denise Charles, IannaHippolyte, RommelaHunte, Chattany Justin, Indira Laurencin-Roachford, Judie Mathurin, Delia Samuel, Roxanne Snyder, Saphia William.

Play gets under way in Glasgow at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) Precinct on 24 July at 11.30am, when the Australian Diamonds take on Wales and Malawi face Northern Ireland.  For all the news about the Commonwealth Games, please visit http://www.glasgow2014.com/ - a very small quantity of tickets for some matches are still available.  You can check here http://www.netball.org/images/documents/inf_events/non-inf_commonwealth_games/netball_competition_match_schedule_ticketingguide.pdf for the full match schedule.

 

Elsewhere, franchises in the ANZ Championship continue to announce their player rosters for the 2015 season.  England’s explosive midcourter Serena Guthrie will complete an all-international midcourt line up for the Northern Mystics when she debuts in the competition alongside New Zealand’s Laura Langman and Millie Lees.  Another England player, international captain Jade Clarke (who is set to achieve 100 international caps during the Commonwealth Games) has signed for the NSW Swifts, together with Erin Hoare and Micaela Wilson.  Growing work commitments have seen Sarah Wall, who joined the Swifts as a replacement player in the 2014 season, turn down the opportunity of a playing contract for the 2015 season.  Promising young Kiwi defender ErenaMikaere  is the first New Zealand import to sign for an Australian franchise, after she signed for the West Coast Fever, together with another young defensive star, April Letton.  Former Australian international Amy Steel is to move from the Melbourne Vixens to the Adelaide Thunderbirds.  For all the latest ANZ Championship news, please visit www.anz-championship.com.

 

Finally, condolences to the family and friends of former Trinidad and Tobago international Angela Burke Brown, who died this week after a long battle with cancer.  First selected for the national senior team at the age of 15, Brown was a member of the Calypso Girls team of 1979 which tied with Australia and New Zealand for the title at that year’s World Netball Championship.  Inducted to the Trinidad and Tobago Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, along with the other members of the 1979 team, Brown was credited with introducing the bounce pass to netball, having crossed over from playing basketball in the 1970s.
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