Thistles reveal WCQ team
Scottish Thistles announce team to take part in the World Cup Qualifiers.Head Coach Tamsin Greenway has today named the Scottish Thistles squad to compete in the upcoming European World Cup Qualifiers at the Emirates Arena, 12-16 October 2022.
The Thistles will compete against Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, and Wales in a round robin format over the five-day tournament with the top two teams securing their place at the Netball World Cup next summer in Cape Town.
Captain Claire Maxwell will look to secure her 113th cap as she leads the squad in her 4th World Cup Qualifier. Joining the ranks will be six players debuting at a world cup qualifier. Hannah Grant who plays GD/GK is in line to gain her first international cap.
Greenway said: “This is still a young group; but it’s an exciting group and they’ve got to keep grasping their opportunities. From a performance perspective, our big test will be how we manage pressure”
“The selection of Hannah Grant and Cerys Cairns shows the depth we are creating now in the Thistles and it’s a great opportunity for two exciting young players. The squad selected is also all about the opposition and where we think we need to cover specific threats. Our focus is winning more ball across the court and this squad will work together to achieve that. It was a real eye-opener to see how strong the Celtic competition at the Commonwealth Games was, these teams hold nothing back against each other and every game is going to be highly competitive.”
Scottish Thistles Squad selected for the European World Cup Qualifiers
1. Claire Maxwell (Captain)
2. Emily Nicholl (Vice)
3. Bethan Goodwin
4. Emma Barrie
5. Niamh McCall
6. Cerys Cairns
7. Iona Christian
8. Hannah Leighton
9. Kelly Boyle
10. Hannah Grant
11. Lauren Tait
12. Rachel Conway
Reserves – Emma Love, Chloe Carchrie, Sarah MacPhail
Scottish Thistles Fixtures at the European World Cup Qualifiers, Emirates Arena, Glasgow. Tickets available to buy HERE
Wednesday 12 October – Centre Pass 7.30pm Scotland v Republic of Ireland
Thursday 13 October – Centre Pass 5pm Scotland v Isle of Man
Friday 14 October – Centre Pass5pm Scotland v Northern Ireland
Saturday 15 October – Centre Pass 2.30pm Scotland v Gibraltar
Sunday 16 October – Centre Pass 3pm Scotland v Wales
PIC: Craig Watson.