• https://walesnetball.com/storage/2022/08/cropped-wales-netball-icon-logo-1.png

    Posted by:

    Wales Netball

  • Posted on:

    October 16, 2017

Wales reflects on Netball Europe Open Championships 2017

After what was an outstanding four days of competitive netball in Cardiff, Welsh Netball would firstly like to thank the incredible team of volunteers that helped to make the Netball Europe Open Championship possible. We are grateful to all of the players, coaches, physios, managers, umpires, officials ball girls and boys and, of course, fans, who all contributed to what was a fantastic showcase for our sport. We would also like to thank Mark Perkins who did a fabulous job as our announcer!

We would particularly like to thank the staff of Sport Wales who helped us to stage the event. We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Paul Garrett on Friday afternoon. Paul had worked for Sport Wales for 30 years and was a friend and colleague to those who work for Welsh Netball. Sport Wales staff continued to perform their duties in helping Welsh Netball stage the competition and are extremely grateful for their support in what were very challenging circumstances.

This year, the Netball Europe title was retained by England as they went unbeaten throughout the four days of competition. After overcoming Wales, both Scotland and Northern Ireland were left to fight it out for the silver medal on the final day of competition. Northern Ireland prevailed in a very tight encounter and there was further joy for the players in green as goal-shooter Lisa Bowman was awarded the Player of the Tournament prize.

It was wonderful to welcome Fiji to Wales for the very first time and we hope that they and their passionate fans enjoyed their time in Cardiff. It was also great to witness Leila Thomas and Christina Shaw being awarded their very first senior caps for Wales! 

Ultimately, it was a disappointing tournament for Wales. Despite a comprehensive victory over Fiji, Wales were beaten in a closely contested game against Scotland and narrowly lost out to Northern Ireland. Given just how close the match between the Thistles and NI was, Wales may look back with regret on some missed opportunities.

Welsh coach, Trish Wilcox made an honest assessment of the Welsh performance at the tournament. She said: “We are disappointed with our final placing at Netball Europe. We had our opportunities in both the Northern Ireland and Scotland game however errors at critical moments let us down.” 

However, she was pleased that the team had taken opportunities to introduce new players: “Positives were the amount of exposure we gave to our young under 21 players coming through who would have grown so much from the experience to take forwards into the Netball World Cup Qualifying campaign.  Our focus is now solidifying our combinations and connections so that our links are tight by January. ”

Her thoughts were echoed by wing-defence, Nia Jones who is looking forward to the future with the squad. She said: “I have absolutely belief that this squad of players is a work in progress. The exposure this week has been invaluable, and we will be better and wiser come the big one in January [World Cup qualifiers].”

She also thanked the fans and volunteers for their “passionate support” during the tournament. 

 

Group natural
(L-R) Kyra Jones, Chelsea Lewis, Cara Lea Moseley & Leila Thomas prior to Wales v England (C) Ian Lovell
Captain Suzy Drane meets some fans! (C) Ian Lovell
Captain Suzy Drane meets some fans! (C) Ian Lovell
Ian Lovell (C)
Christina Shaw and Leila Thomas are awarded their first senior caps for Wales. Left, Sarah Jones CEO of Welsh Netball, right, Merle Hamilton, President of Welsh Netball. (C) Ian Lovell

 

Welsh Feathers recruit Emily Handyside as New Technical Coach

We are delighted to announce that Emily Handyside will join the Welsh Feathers as a Technical Coach. Emily has an extensive coaching career which stems from twelve years of leading Performance Pathways for Team Bath, Loughborough Lightning, and Leeds Rhinos. During this time, Emily worked as a Technical Coach for Team Bath, winning the Superleague […]

Welsh Feathers Squad to face Ugandan She Cranes is Selected

Head Coach Sara Moore has selected her squad for the upcoming test series against Uganda. The newly branded Welsh Feathers and number eight on the World Netball World Rankings will take on the Ugandan She Cranes who are currently ranked sixth. The two matches will be played in our home venue, House of Sport. This […]

Wales Senior Squad become Welsh Feathers

From today, the Wales Netball Senior Squad will now be known as the Welsh Feathers. Until now, Wales was the only country in the top 10 ranked teams in the world to not have a national squad identity. After the rebrand of the NGB brand in August 2021, we felt this was the next step […]

Wales Netball Announces Senior Squad for 2022/23 Season

We are delighted to announce that our Wales Netball Senior Squad and Training Partners for the 2022/23 season have been selected. The athletes selected are as follows: Senior Squad 2022/23  Name Position Club Millie Carter GK/GD Celtic Dragons Suzy Drane (Co-Captain) C/WA Team Bath Toucans Bethan Dyke (Vice-Captain) WA/C Team Bath Celyn Emanuel WA/C Celtic […]

Wales set to host Uganda in October

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a series of matches against Uganda this October. We will face the Ugandan She Cranes for 2 matches on Saturday 1st October and Sunday 2nd October 2022. These matches will be played at House of Sport in Cardiff which will be the official home match […]

Wales Netballer #192 Kyra Jones to step away from International Netball

Kyra Jones has announced that she will be stepping away from international netball after representing Wales since 2012. The Wales international made her debut against Scotland in the Netball Europe Open Championships 10 years ago and since then has frequently played in test matches (including two Commonwealth Games and a World Cup) to accumulate 67 […]
Scroll to Top