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Netballers can’t wait to face Australia and New Zealand on home court
TeamBath’s England netballers say they can’t wait for the opportunity to tackle the top two teams in the world on their home court.
England take on world champions Australia on Tuesday 13 October and Commonwealth champions New Zealand on Thursday 15 October in The Co-operative International Netball matches at the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village.
England Netball is yet to announce their squads for the matches, but TeamBath’s England internationals are raring to go in the games.
Midcourt player Sara Bayman, who was named in last year’s Superleague dream team, said: “The England internationals are usually held in big cities, like Manchester or Birmingham, so to have them in Bath will be really special for the TeamBath girls. It will give us a real lift and should also be a big home advantage.
“There’s always an amazing atmosphere in our Superleague matches at the Sports Training Village, so to be playing for England there would be awesome.
“I’m pretty sure Bath will be the first Superleague venue to host major internationals, which is awesome, but for them to be against the top two teams in the world will be even better.”
Shooter Pamela Cookey, who captained TeamBath to their third Co-operative Superleague title out of four last season, said “We always get a great crowd for TeamBath’s home games and I’m sure even more people will come to support England. It will be great to play Australia and New Zealand in Bath.”
Rachel Dunn, an England and TeamBath shooter, said: “I’ve been playing in Bath for the last eight years, so it will be great to be there for the international games. We should have some great support.
“It’s great for Bath and for the south west to have the three best teams in the world here,” she added.
Cookey, Dunn and Bayman are among eight TeamBath players to feature in England’s 14-strong squad named for the inaugural Co-operative World Netball Series, when England face Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Malawi and Samoa in Manchester next month. The squad will be reduced to a dozen players nearer to the competition.
The main sports hall in the Sports Training Village will be turned into a 2000-seat arena for the matches between England and Australia on 13 October and against New Zealand on 15 October. Both games get underway at 7pm.
Tickets for each game cost £12 for under-18s and £20 for adults, with a £2 discount available for University of Bath students and England Netball members. You can also buy family tickets, which cost £52 and give admission for two adults and two under-18s.
You can buy tickets by contacting 01225 384213, or the Sports Training Village reception or from the TeamBath store at http://www.teambathstore.com/
For further information about ticket sales please go to http://www.teambath.com/2009/08/the-co-operative-international-netball/
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