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Tamsin Greenway names Scotland squad for Netball World Cup 2023

Scottish Thistles Head Coach Tamsin Greenway has named her squad for the Vitality Netball World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa.

Of the 12-player squad, seven come from Strathclyde Sirens including Scotland captain Claire Maxwell who will become the country’s most capped player when she takes to court in July.

Claire commented: “I am really excited to participate in my third World Cup. I’ve learnt a lot from my previous experiences in major competition and know we need to push ourselves in every aspect over the next six weeks to ensure we are ready to perform when it matters.”

“I have changed a lot as a player, teammate and person since my first World Cup and I’m ready to embrace the challenge and use all my previous learnings to get the best out of myself and the team in South Africa.”

Sirens’ co-captain Emily Nicholl has been named as vice-captain and will be appearing at her second World Cup alongside club teammates Emma Barrie, Bethan Goodwin and Niamh McCall.

For the remaining seven this will be their first Netball World Cup, including Celtic DragonsHannah Leighton and Manchester Thunder’s Iona Christian.

Tamsin Greenway, Scottish Thistles Head Coach, added: “The biggest part of selecting the 12 is looking at the whole picture, who fits in tactically, who covers who, what are the what if’s, what do they bring to the culture? It’s so much more than just who plays netball well, the reality is this was the most competitive selection we’ve had since I’ve been in post which means behind the scenes the work we are doing is paying off.”

“It’s an exciting squad, it’s a group of players that fit the style we want to play both in attack and defence. Its relatively young, but it’s a talented group that are always wanting to learn and achieve more.

“The tournament is tough, it’s long and tactically and varied, all I want from the squad is no regrets this time around. We learnt a lot about ourselves at CWG, in particular what unsettles us. If we can improve in key areas, then I’ll be happy.”

Tamsin Greenway will be joined on the team bench by Sara Francis-Bayman and the Scottish Thistles will begin their World Cup campaign against Malawi Queens on Friday 28 July.

Their second clash in Pool B, will see them face the Caribbean style and flair of Barbados before a Home Nations clash with the Vitality Roses on Sunday 30 July.

The following fixtures in the competition will be determined by their results in the opening stage with a full guide to how the competition works outlined here.

The final will take place on Sunday 6 August.

Scottish Thistles Netball World Cup Squad

Name Club
Claire Maxwell (Captain) Strathclyde Sirens
Emily Nicholl (Vice-Captain) Strathclyde Sirens
Emma Barrie Strathclyde Sirens
Bethan Goodwin Strathclyde Sirens
Niamh McCall Strathclyde Sirens
Cerys Cairns Strathclyde Sirens
Emma Love Saltires
Iona Christian Manchester Thunder
Hannah Leighton Celtic Dragons
Hannah Grant Sirens Development
Cerys Finn Sirens Development
Rachel Conway Strathclyde Sirens

Reserves

Kelly Boyle – Strathclyde Sirens

Anna Fairclough – Manchester Thunder Pathway

Sarah MacPhail – Severn Stars

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