Netball: Commonwealth Games call for Corbin
PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 February 2018
Former Barking Abbey Academy star Kadeen Corbin has been named in Team England’s netball squad for the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
An experienced squad also includes Geva Mentor, at a fifth Commonwealth Games, Jade Clarke at her fourth games and captain Ama Agbeze, Jo Harten and Eboni Beckford-Chambers at their third respectively.
England finished fourth at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and have won three bronze medals since the sport was introduced in 1998.
And they will head to the Gold Cast on the back of some of the best results in the team’s history with victories over South Africa and New Zealand helping them to their best-ever finish in the prestigious Quad Series.
England have been drawn in Pool B with New Zealand, Malawi, Wales, Scotland and Uganda and captain Agbeze said: “The Commonwealth Games is a pinnacle event in the netball calendar; with all the top teams in the world in attendance. Our team have been steadily building to this point and we aim to return England’s best result since netball’s inclusion in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.
“We understand this will be no mean feat, with the Games being in Australia; with its close proximity to New Zealand, both the number one and two ranked countries will have plenty of support on the ground. It is an exciting opportunity and we are relishing the challenge.”
Head coach Tracey Neville dded: “I think over the current international calendar all players stepped up in performance and there were some tough decisions made in selection.
“The 12 athletes selected offer us versatility, strength in particular court areas and units, and a wealth of experience with players who can lead the team from the front.”
Team England chef de mission Sarah Winckless said: “I’d like to congratulate all athletes on being selected for Team England. Netball is always one of the highlights of the Commonwealth Games and that will certainly be the case on the Gold Coast.
“I look forward to working with the group and supporting them to compete in Australia.”