Rams announced for Cardiff
The Santander International Manx Rams team has been confirmed ahead of their trip to Wales.
The Europe Netball Open Challenge will run from the 10th to the 15th May at the House of Sport in Cardiff.
The Rams will compete in the higher ranked section of the tournament which will involve Republic of Ireland, UAE, Malta, and a friendly match against a Wales Development Squad. The event will be played in two sections with Isle of Man playing in the higher ranked section as above and they will play each team in the same section once and then into play-off games.
The Ram’s first game of the tournament will be Malta at 1pm on Wednesday 10th May. Following that they take on Wales Development later that day at 7pm, UAE on Thursday 11th at 3pm, Republic of Ireland on Friday May 12th at 11am with play off games on Saturday and finals on Sunday.
All matches will be available to watch live on the Europe Netball YouTube channel.
A squad of 14 players have been selected for the event.
Becca Cooke, Alice Cross, Rhian Evans, Ashley Hall (Captain), Aalish Harris, Rachel Johnstone (Vice Captain), Zoe Kirkham, Cassidy Pizzey, Lydia Shaw, Niamh Skillicorn, Paige Skillicorn, Natalie Swales, Kenzie Pizzey and Sara Watterson.
The Manx Rams are grateful for the support from Santander. Chris Corkill, Sales Director of the Isle of Man branch for Santander International, said: “Santander International is committed to supporting sporting opportunities for Islanders. This sponsorship opportunity cements our commitment to people’s wellbeing and we are proud to be working alongside Isle of Man Netball to help grow the sport on the Island.”
In addition, preparation for the Open Tournament is well underway and this coming Saturday 29th April, there is Netball at the NSC with Manx Rams playing a UK Armed Forces Team(UKAF), at 1.00pm. In addition, the U21 and U17 age group teams will be playing a Northern Ireland Development Squad.
There is no charge to watch, although we are accepting donations to our charity of the year, Hospice.