Lively roses: England’s national team names as World Cup preparations continue; Chelsea Bateman Returns To Series Against Uganda, Live On Sky | netball news

Chelsea Bateman won the gold with England on the Gold Coast in 2018

Chelsea Bateman won the gold with England on the Gold Coast in 2018

Chelsea Bateman returns to the Vitality Roses for the upcoming England series against Uganda, live on Sky Sports, while coach Jess Thirlby has also named more teams to face Australia and the FAST5 Netball World Series.

England will play their first Tests since this summer’s Commonwealth Games by hosting She Cranes over three dates in October.

The first test will take place in Nottingham on 5 October, before two more tests will take place at the Copper Box Arena in London on 8 and 9 October.

Pitman was recently announced as one of the London Pulse’s new signings for the 2023 Vitality Netball Superleague season, with a place as training partner at Suncorp Super Netball replaced by England’s elite competition.

The quarterback, who won the Commonwealth Games gold with England in 2018, brings experience and flair to the Thirlby offensive end in the series.

A mix of experienced stars and exciting prospects spread across the three teams, forging new partnerships as we approach an exciting year for international netball with the Netball World Cup in South Africa starting in July 2023.

Eleanor Cardwell is one of the members of the England 2022 Commonwealth Games team selected for the Uganda Series. Eleanor Cardwell is one of the members of the England 2022 Commonwealth Games team selected for the Uganda Series.

Eleanor Cardwell is one of the members of the England 2022 Commonwealth Games team selected for the Uganda Series.

Of the 15, Alice Harvey, Eli Rato and Olivia Tashin of Vitality Roses have been called up for their first international series.

Future Roses Natasha Pavlin and Paige Reed also receive their first senior call-ups, while a number of senior players have been given plenty of time to recover, and George Fisher is unavailable after deciding to take a temporary break from international competition.

“Having plenty of chances against a world-class opponent so soon after the Commonwealth Games allows us to quickly turn our attention to an exciting next year,” coach Thirlby said.

“Now, the margins between the major nations are more narrow than ever, making the landscape very dynamic and competitive for the global game.

“The competition is fierce, and having opportunities to uncover new and emerging talent in addition to our existing players is critical in helping to strengthen the team, and for us to continue to uncover and capitalize on our strongest competitor.”

Speaking about the Uganda Series, Thirlby added: “We were really pleased with the way we handled the challenge of Uganda at the Commonwealth Games. However, Uganda continued to find its best in Birmingham, beating South Africa and earning automatic qualification for the World Cup. 2023.

“They will be full of confidence, and we have no illusions about how competitive the three games will be. With both next year and the long term in mind, it provides a perfect test for Rose’s fresh-faced side, full of dynamism. An exciting talent we will embrace and be excited to have the support of our local fans. “.

After the Uganda series, the Roses fly to Australia for the first time since 2018 to face the Commonwealth Games champions in a three-match international series.

“Playing the world’s top team and Commonwealth Games champions at home is something we’ve been keen to do since Covid hijacked our plans again in the fall of 2020,” said Thirlby.

“We know how important it is for the best teams to play frequently and in the conditions that best prepare us for the major tournaments. We look forward to the challenge and welcome some new faces to the team.”

On November 5 and 6, a squad of 10 players will participate in the FAST5 Netball World Series in New Zealand – a shorter, faster version of the game with five players on each side.

Turlby said: “The return of FAST5 is a welcome addition to our international calendar as World Netball looks to enhance the game’s breadth and appeal.

“For us, it provides an additional opportunity to expose new and emerging talent to the conditions of international netball and will help precipitate some key lessons for younger athletes who recently lost the FIFA Youth World Cup to Covid and those on the edge of the team’s hard-earned selection for recent significant events.”

The Vitality Roses squad to face Uganda: Imogen Allison, Eleanor Cardwell, Sophie Drakeford Lewis, Zara Everett, Funmi Fadugu, Alice Harvey, Hannah Joseph, Laura Malcolm, Natalie Panagari, Natasha Pavlin, Chelsea Bateman, Eli Rato, Paige Reed, Olivia Chane, Fran Williams.

Team Vitality Roses to face Australia: Imogen Allison, Eleanor Cardwell, Jade Clarke, Beth Cobden, Sophie Druckford-Lewis, Funmi Fadugu, Laila Goskoth, Joe Harten, Alice Harvey, Helen Hosby, Hannah Joseph, Laura Malcolm, Jiva Mentor, Natalie Metcalfe, Olivia Chain, Fran Williams.

Team Vitality Roses to compete in the FAST5 Netball World Series: Zara Everett, Elle MacDonald*, Taylor McFate, Natasha Pavlin, Louis Pearson, Jaida Pechova, Eli Rato, Big Reed, Alicia Scholes, Emma Thacker.
*Waiting for British passport to finish eligibility

England Vitality Flowers – October and November matches

Wednesday October 5 england vs uganda Nottingham
Saturday October 8 england vs uganda London
Sunday October 9 england vs uganda London
Wednesday October 26 australia vs england Newcastle
Sunday October 30 australia vs england Sydney
Thursday 3 November australia vs england Brisbane

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