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Netball - 04. February 2008.


The improved playing standards created by this season's Netball Talent
League are evidently having an effect, with a host of players from the
league named in England's U17 side to defend its title at the Netball
Europe Championships in March. All but one of the 12 player squad named
for the competition are members of Netball Talent league squads, while ten
of the 12 players named in the England U19 squad, which will compete in
the Netball Europe U21 championships, represent either a Netball Talent
league or Co-operative Netball Superleague side.

England Open squad member Sasha Corbin

"The Netball Talent league has already had a significant effect in raising
playing standards across the country," comments Nigel Holl, Director of
Netball at England Netball, "and the squads which have been selected to
defend England's titles at the Netball Europe U17 and U21 championships
represent the very best of the country's talent. All have benefited from
having regular, high calibre match play and I am confident that they will
continue to impress on the international stage."

Four members of the West Midlands Warriors side which is currently
undefeated at the top of the Netball Talent league have been included in
the England U17 squad. Brunel Hurricanes London Talent squad member
Kadeen Corbin, sister of England Open squad member Sasha Corbin, is also
named in the England U17 side for the first time.

The full squad selected is: Beth Cobden, Layla Guscoth, Laura Malcolm and
Masego Motaung (all West Midlands Warriors), Becky Cantin, Sam Cook and
Sophie Freemantle (all TeamBath Talent), Sophia Candappa and Zoe Murdoch
(both Mavericks Youth), Kadeen Corbin (Brunel Hurricanes Talent), Emma
Dovey (Leeds Carnegie Talent), Ella Clark (unattached).

Meanwhile, the England U19 team which will compete in the Netball Europe
U21 competition contains a host of young stars who have already enjoyed
court time in this year's Co-operative Netball Superleague competition.

The full squad selected is: Danielle Bloomfield, Alex Kirk, Joanne Walker
and Darcie Worsdale (Leeds Carnegie), Vicky Fouhy (Brunel Talent), Paula
Gant (Mavericks) and Abi Ryan (Mavericks Youth), Emma Lonsdale (Team
Northumbria), Sarah Jane O'Sullivan (Loughborough Lightning), Rosie
Allison (formerly Team South Talent), Courtney Cummins and Scarlett
Williams (all unattached).

The Netball Europe Championships are held annually and provide an
opportunity for England's young players to experience international
competition from an early age. Both the U21 and U17 championships take
place from 7-9 March 2008, the U21s in Belfast and the U17s in Cardiff.
For more information, please visit www.englandnetball.co.uk.
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