The NSW Swifts’ star international goal shooter Helen Housby and GIANTS Netball dynamite duo Jo Harten and Serena Guthrie have all been selected to represent England Roses at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April.
All three players had stand out performances throughout 2017 Domestic and International Seasons with Guthrie claiming GIANTS Netball and Fast5 Tournament MVP titles at the Fast5 Netball World Series and GIANTS Netball Gala Dinner. While Harten stepped into a strong on-court leadership role and lead GIANTS Netball to the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final. This will be the third time Harten has represented the England Roses at the Commonwealth Games (2010 Delhi, 2014 Glasgow & 2018 Gold Coast) and the second for Guthrie (2014 Glasgow & 2018 Gold Coast).
Housby put in strong performances for both the NSW Swifts and England Roses, securing a berth in the England Roses 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games team will see Housby represent England at her second Games, after her inaugural appearance at the 2014 Glasgow Games.
The squad includes Geva Mentor who will represent England at her fifth Commonwealth Games, Jade Clarke who will compete at her fourth games as well as captain Ama Agbeze and Eboni Beckford-Chambers who will also compete at their third Games respectively.
The team known as the “England Roses” finished in fourth place at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and have won three bronze medals since the sport was introduced to the Games in 1998.
Team England’s netballers head into the 2018 Commonwealth Games 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.
At the 2018 Games Team England have been drawn in Pool B alongside New Zealand, Malawi, Wales, Scotland and Uganda.
England captain Ama 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 the Games of Kuala Lumpur in 1998. We understand that this will be no mean feat, with the Games being in Australia; with its close proximity to New Zealand, both the number 1 and 2 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 said “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.”
England Roses 2018 Commonwealth Games Team
Ama Agbeze – Northern Stars (New Zealand)
Eboni Beckford-Chambers – Team Bath (England)
Jade Clarke – Wasps Netball (England)
Beth Cobden – Loughborough Lightning (England)
Kadeen Corbin – Team Bath (England)
Jodie Gibson – Severn Stars (England)
Serena Guthrie – GIANTS Netball (Australia)
Jo Harten – GIANTS Netball (Australia)
Natalie Haythornthwaite – Wasps Netball (England)
Helen Housby – NSW Swifts (Australia)
Geva Mentor – Sunshine Coast Lightning (Australia)
Chelsea Pitman – Adelaide Thunderbirds (Australia)