Welsh Netball is pleased to announce that the selection process for the 2021 Wales senior international netball squad has been completed and the following athletes have been selected for the coming year:
Carys Allen (Central NC)
Rebecca Baker (South East / Risca NC / Celtic Dragons)
Millie Carter (South East / Ystrad Mynach NC)
Betsy Creak (Team Bath)
Suzy Drane (Toucans)
Morganne Dunne (Celtic Dragons)
Bethan Dyke (Glamorgan Valleys / Severn Stars)
Celyn Emanuel (Glamorgan Valleys)
Lydia Hitchings (Toucans)
Lucy Howells (Celtic Dragons)
Clare Jones (Celtic Dragons / Hucclecote NC)
Kyra Jones (Severn Stars)
Nia Jones (North East / Severn Stars / Mold NC)
Chelsea Lewis (Glamorgan Valleys)
Zoe Matthewman (TFC Leicester / Loughborough Lightning U21)
Sophie Morgan (Chester NC)
Shona O’Dwyer (Celtic Dragons / Hucclecote NC)
Ella Porter (Millfield School)
Ella Powell-Davies (Wasps / Hucclecote NC)
Eleanor Roberts (South East / Hucclecote NC)
Georgia Rowe (South East / Severn Stars)
Christina Shaw (South East / Celtic Dragons)
Leila Thomas (South East / Celtic Dragons)
The selected squad features a number of well-established Welsh stars, many of whom have been performing at the highest level in the Vitality Netball Superleague. As well as seeing 7 members of the 2018 Commonwealth Games squad bring their experience to the team, the squad also features some exciting young talent, including recent graduates of Welsh age group teams.
Reflecting on the selected squad, Head Coach Sara Hale said: “As a coach it’s been really pleasing to see so many high-quality athletes wanting to represent Wales this season. Of course, there have been some difficult decisions to make, but ultimately, I believe that this group of athletes will be able to take Wales to the next level, as we aim to qualify for the Commonwealth Games and 2023 Netball World Cup.
“It was really important for us to get the balance right between youth and experience, and I believe we have done that. Each of these athletes not only add value in their own right, but they each bring something different to the team both on and off the court, and for me that’s really exciting.
“I am really looking forward to working with this talented group.”
Welsh Netball’s Performance Lead, Fern Burrage-Male was pleased to see the 2021 squad announced. She said: “Recent months have posed a huge challenge to our high-performance athletes and coaches as we have navigated our way through the pandemic. It is fantastic that now we are in a position to select and announce our 2021 squad.
“Being selected for the Welsh senior squad is a huge achievement and on behalf of Welsh Netball I would like to congratulate everyone selected.
“We are looking forward to getting the whole squad back into training and we are working hard behind the scenes on Wales’ performance calendar heading into next year’s Commonwealth Games.”