Sasha Corbin (19) and Sara Bayman (23) are the surprise names included in England Netball’s 12 player squad to face Australia and New Zealand in a tri-series to be held in England during May. Corbin and Bayman, who were both members of England’s silver medal winning squad at the World Youth Championships in 2005, were called up to the England long squad following outstanding performances this season for Netball Superleague leaders TeamBath.
“Sasha and Sara have both impressed during the Superleague season,” says 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.”
Loughborough Lightning’s Ama Agbeze completes her return from a serious injury to be recalled to the England squad. The full line up for the test series is: Amanda Newton (captain), Ama Agbeze, Karen Atkinson, Sara Bayman, Louisa Brownfield, Jade Clarke, Pamela Cookey, Sasha Corbin, Rachel Dunn, Tamsin Greenway, Geva Mentor, Sonia Mkoloma.
Meanwhile, the England A squad which will also be taking part in the test series has been announced, and features a line up which balances youth and experience. Open squad members Jo Binns, Clare Elsley, Chioma Ezeogu, Naida Hutchinson and Naomi Siddall are joined by a exciting group of young players who have registered some impressive performances in this season’s Superleague competition. And, as England A coach Maggie Jackson explains, the series offers a great opportunity for the players to prove themselves:
“The chance to play against the world’s best does not come up very often,” she explains, “and this series will give England A’s promising group of players the chance to demonstrate their skills in a high pressure situation. We have a great squad, packed with talent.!”
The full England A squad is: Eboni Beckford Chambers, Jo Binns, Clare Elsley, Chioma Ezeogu, Gemma Fletcher, Stacey Francis, Joanne Harten, Naida Hutchinson, Natalie Seaton, Naomi Siddall, Gemma Wiseman, Monique Woods.
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
Tickets are available at all venue box offices now. For further information, please visit www.englandnetball.co.uk