Thistles confirm squad
Scotland have announced their squad for the 2019 Netball World Cup
🏐🌍🏆 | NWC2019 | ITS TIME! We are thrilled to introduce our 12 strong Scottish Thistles squad for the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup! 🏴 For the FULL announcement see: https://www.netballscotland.com/scottish-thistles-world-cup-squad/#ThistlesSting #BackingPurple
Posted by Netball Scotland on Monday, 3 June 2019
Netball Scotland and the Scottish Thistles are thrilled to reveal the 12 athletes selected to compete in the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup in Liverpool this July.
Netball in Scotland has witnessed an unprecedented growth off the back of last year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games that saw the Scottish Thistles achieve their highest ever world ranking and where neighbouring Home Nations team, England Roses, took Gold for the first time ever at a netball world stage.
Many of the Scottish Thistles players have since been taking to court as the Strathclyde Sirens, who compete week in, week out in the UK wide Vitality Netball Superleague, giving them the ultimate kick-start to their World Cup preparations, by competing in one of the best domestic netball leagues in the world. The support received from our new strategic partners at the University of Strathclyde has been unparalleled across all aspects of the partnership.
The team will be captained by playmaker Claire Maxwell, who is set to reach her 100th Senior International cap during the opening World Cup stage. Claire will be joined by many of her Strathclyde Sirens teammates, including young gun Emma Barrie who is set to earn her 1st Senior International cap at the World Cup at just 17.
Claire Maxwell, Scottish Thistles Team Captain said of the teams preparation:
“We are currently working extremely hard in training to make sure we hit the world cup at our absolute best. For many of the team this is their first world cup and it is testament to their hard work that they have made the team that will compete at our sports pinnacle event. Over the next 6 weeks we will be looking to cement our combinations and mimic the competition format of the World Cup to ensure we have done everything we can in preparation.”
Claire Nelson, CEO of Netball Scotland said of the World Cup opportunity:
“Scotland’s rise on the world stage has been significant, and we cannot wait to go out and prove ourselves against the best of the best.
The opportunity to showcase your team and sport to the world on a stage as big as this also presents an unprecedented opportunity for us to engage new audiences and inspire more women and girls to try netball, or to even just become more physically active.
Scotland intends to not only deliver our best ever results on the court through our Scottish Thistles, but to also deliver a lasting legacy off the court that strengthens our sport for the future.”
Gail Parata, Scottish Thistles and Strathclyde Sirens Head Coach said of the Team:
“The Scottish Thistle athletes and management are honoured and proud to have qualified and be representing Scotland at the pinnacle event for our sport the Netball World Cup in Liverpool in July. These next five weeks will be about consolidating our processes, strategies and game plans in preparation for the various styles we will meet from our opponents. We look forward to seeing the Thistle Army in Liverpool”
The Scottish Thistles
Head Coach Gail Parata and Netball Scotland Selectors have selected the following 12 Athletes to represent Scotland this July:
Emma Barrie – Strathclyde Sirens
Kelly Boyle – Strathclyde Sirens
Lynsey Gallagher – Strathclyde Sirens
Ella Gibbons – Strathclyde Sirens
Bethan Goodwin – Strathclyde Sirens
Sarah MacPhail – Strathclyde Sirens
Claire Maxwell (Captain) – Strathclyde Sirens
Niamh McCall – Strathclyde Sirens
Nicola McCleery – Strathclyde Sirens
Hayley Mulheron – Strathclyde Sirens
Emily Nicholl – Strathclyde Sirens
Lauren Tait – Glasgow Saltires Netball Club
Fiona Themann was not available for selection as she is currently expecting her first baby. We wish her all the best with the pregnancy and can’t wait to meet her new addition when they arrive!
On the Thistles Selection Fiona said:
“Congratulations to the girls selected in this year’s World Cup team, it is always a privilege and honour to pull on the Thistles dress and sing the national anthem arm in arm. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it! It is amazing to see how much netball in Scotland has grown and how far the Scottish Thistles have come in the time I have been involved, and this is due to the workhorses behind the scenes, our incredible coaches and most importantly my teammates who are creating a lasting legacy to continue beyond them! I do wish I could be running out onto court in Liverpool next month, but Jack and I are very excited for our new adventure with Baby Fowler due in October! Now to see how many Scottish names I can get Jack to agree to. Let’s go Thistles!”