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Team Bath members in England Squad
Team Bath members in England Squad
A dozen TeamBath netballers were today (Tuesday) named in England squads to play matches against the top two teams in the world – New Zealand and Australia – next month.
Six members of TeamBath’s Superleague-topping squad have been selected for England’s 12-strong senior squad, with a further six in the England A squad.
“To have six TeamBath players in the senior England squad and a further six in the A squad is an outstanding achievement and speaks volumes about the netball programme at the University of Bath,” said Ged Roddy, Director of Sport at the University of Bath.
Midcourt players Sara Bayman and Sasha Corbin have won places in the senior 12, where they join regular squad members Geva Mentor, Pamela Cookey, Rachel Dunn and Tamsin Greenway.
Bayman and Corbin were added to England’s long squad in February after impressing in TeamBath’s outstanding Superleague campaign this season and hope to make their senior England debuts during the forthcoming series.
“Sasha and Sara have both impressed during the Superleague season,” said England head coach Margaret Caldow, “and their performances during trials have been consistently good. Both bring something new to our squad mix, and thoroughly deserve their chance against the toughest of opposition. I am looking forward to seeing how they both respond to the challenge.”
Bayman, who is 22 and studying for a Sport and Exercise Science degree at the University of Bath, said she was delighted to be named in the England 12. “I’m really looking forward to it. You don’t get the opportunity to play top teams in the world every day. It will also be good for the fans in England to be able to see England playing New Zealand and Australia.
“I’m sure I’ll be a bit nervous, but I won’t treat it any different to any other game. We’ll go out and give it our best shot,” added Bayman.
Corbin, who celebrates her 19th birthday on Monday (23rd April), said: “I’m really excited, I didn’t really expect it. I feel England has shown faith in me. I’m going to train harder and try to show them they’ve chosen the right person to represent them.”
Corbin joined TeamBath this season and is studying Sports Performance at the University of Bath. “Coming to TeamBath had made a big difference to me,” she said. “I’ve upped the intensity of my training, I’m working hard, and the coaches and the environment here have helped so much. I’m having fun and I love playing in the Superleague.”
Six members of the current TeamBath squad feature in the 12-strong England A squad for next month’s matches.
Eighteen-year-old shooter Monique Wood is named in the squad along with Eboni Beckford-Chambers, Jo Binns, Gemma Fletcher, Stacey Francis and Natalie Seaton. Clare Elsley, a member of last year’s TeamBath squad that won the inaugural Superleague, also features in the A team. She is currently playing for Celtic Dragons.
New Zealand are reigning World and Commonwealth Champions – winning the former title in Jamaica in 2003 and the latter in Melbourne last year. Australia were runners-up in both events, while England took bronze at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.
The matches are part of the build-up for the 2007 World Championships, taking place in New Zealand in November.
Matches and venues for the series are as follows:
13 May 2007 England A vs Australia England vs New Zealand
MEN Arena, Manchester
15 May 2007 England vs England A Australia vs New Zealand
17 May 2007 England A vs New Zealand England vs Australia
Earl’s Court, London
There will be an opportunity to see TeamBath’s England players in action at the Sports Training Village when TeamBath take-on Brunel Hurricanes in the Superleague at 5pm on Saturday 28th April. TeamBath have currently won 12 out of 12 of their Superleague games to top the table.
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