As the Silver Ferns begin their Netball World Cup campaign tonight, netball writer Jeff Cheshire asked three local netball personalities three questions - 1. How will the Silver Ferns go? 2. Who will be the star of the tournament? 3. Who will win and why? Dame Lois Muir Former Silver Ferns coach 1. They are looking good. It is a little bit of a work in progress, but at a World Cup you have to run the total race. I think they're exactly where they should be because they're going to come up with every game. 2. Laura Langman's got a presence on court and she changes the game, but Maria's [Folau] a close second - when she's in the zone she's deadly. 3. I won't say that. It depends on injuries going right through. Once you get into the top four the opportunities are all yours. So I won't pick a winner. Wendy Frew Former Southern Steel captain 1. I think they're going to go really well. Looking in from the outside it seems like the team culture's really good. When you've got a team … [Read more...] about How will the Silver Ferns’ World Cup chances shape up?
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“Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.” For years England’s netballers muttered that phrase through their tears but when the Roses open their World Cup campaign on Friday we will see, for the first time, what they have learned from winning. Defender Eboni Usoro-Brown’s “underdog favourites” is the oxymoron that defines the Roses’ unique position coming into this tournament. They are not the world number one. They never have been. The “true favourites” then are the top dogs, defending champions Australia. England are no longer even the world number two, having lost that spot to Jamaica in last month’s newly re-jigged rankings. But they do have the best squad in this tournament. In terms of talent. In terms of experience and in terms of their sheer determination not to return to the days of being an ‘also ran’. Coach Tracey Neville has often proved willing to send experienced troops into battle, as long as they … [Read more...] about What to expect from England at Netball World Cup 2019
All eyes will be on England when the Netball World Cup throws off in Liverpool this week, but there’s a glittering array of talent among the other 15 countries vying for the prize too. England head into the competition as the third-highest ranked team in the world, pipped to the top two spots by Australia and Jamaica. Away from Tracey Neville's side, there are tons of global superstars ready to make their name as the world watches on this summer. We have picked out five of the very best that you should be keeping your eye on as the Netball World Cup gets underway this summer... Karla Pretorius (South Africa) Defensive interceptions are a massive deal in netball, given how the teams at the top have a nail-biting habit of matching one another goal-for-goal. Karla Pretorius’s tendency to materialise out of nowhere, pinching balls that looked as safe as houses only a split-second earlier, is the reason why her teammates call her the ‘silent assassin’. Not only did … [Read more...] about 5 players to watch in Netball World Cup
Sport by Press Association June 3, 2019, 9:49 am Send us a story Sign up to our Sport newsletter Tracey Neville will leave her role as England head coach after next month’s World Cup in Liverpool in order to start a family. The 42-year-old, who led England to Commonwealth gold in 2018, was appointed in 2015 before the World Cup in Australia. “England Netball can confirm that Tracey Neville will step down as Vitality Roses Head Coach after the Vitality Netball World Cup in July after four incredible years with the squad,” the governing body said. “Under her leadership the Vitality Roses have made unprecedented progress in the world rankings and at major tournaments, including the gold medal success at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She is now going to take some time away from the game to focus on her personal life.” Neville, 42, is the twin sister of England Women football boss Phil Neville and the sister of Manchester … [Read more...] about Tracey Neville to leave England Netball role after World Cup
Excitement is building in the Challenge Cup with Wembley only two games away. Hull FC will aim to move a step closer to a third final appearance in four years when they host holders Catalans Dragons on Thursday night, with Hull KR entertaining Warrington Wolves 24 hours later. In the other two quarter-final ties, St Helens take on Wakefield Trinity on Saturday and Bradford Bulls meet Championship rivals Halifax the following afternoon for a place in the last four. Here is all the information you need to know about the semi-final draw. When is it? The draw will take place on Sunday following the tie between Bradford and Halifax at Odsal, which kicks off at 2.45pm. Where can I watch it? You can catch the draw live on BBC Two. You can also find live updates here at Hull Live. Who will be in the draw? The winners of the quarter-finals: Hull FC v Catalans Dragons (Thursday 7.35pm, live on Sky Sports); Hull KR v Warrington Wolves (Friday 7.35pm, live on Sky Sports); St Helens v … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about Challenge Cup semi-final draw