Commonwealth Games 2022 netball squads: Teams revealed, Australian Diamonds fixtures
England has just revealed a strong squad for the 2022 Commonwealth Games netball tournament. See all the teams here as they are announced, plus analysis and Australia’s fixture.
Commonwealth Games netball squads for Birmingham 2022: all 12 teams named and analysed here once announced, plus fixture for Australian Diamonds games.
Liz Watson (captain)
Steph Wood (vice-captain)
Reserves: Ruby Bakewell-Doran, Jamie-Lee Price, Donnell Wallam
Coach: Stacey Marinkovich
Linda Pearce analysis: Only first-year captain Liz Watson and her deputy Steph Wood, plus defenders Courtney Bruce and Jo Weston, remain from the squad that brought home a surprise silver from the Gold Coast in 2018. Still ranked No.1 but with an average of barely 25 caps per player, this is a team relatively light on experience and with coach Stacey Marinkovich on debut in any capacity at a pinnacle event, but a hunger for redemption and the class and talent to return to the podium’s stop step.
Nat Metcalf (captain)
Jo Harten (vice-captain)
Coach: Jess Thirlby
Linda Pearce: Not much sign of a rebuild here; this is a super-seasoned, almost geriatric, squad with an eye only on the Birmingham prize. No room for Chelsea Pitman, but 925 caps between them, including the 185-Test super-veteran Jade Clarke. In contrast to the Diamonds, there are only four Commonwealth Games debutantes — headed by Dr Layla Guscoth — while seven of the triumphant Gold Coast 12 return, plus Stacey Francis-Bayman from Glasgow.
Caroline O’Hanlon (captain)
Coach: Elaine Rice
Linda Pearce: The minnows of Group B, who were coached into 10th place by Aussie Dan Ryan four years ago, have picked five UK Superleague athletes, including skipper Caroline O’Hanlon and Leeds Rhinos premiership player Michelle Magee, 22, plus Surrey Storm pair Niamh Cooper and Emma Magee of the Severn Stars.
Claire Maxwell (captain)
Emily Nicholl (vice-captain)
Coach: Tamsin Greenway
Linda Pearce: The Thistles — what else? — have Claire Maxwell returning as captain and the well-known former Rose, now Sky commentator, Tamsin Greenway taking over as coach. The bad news: the second-lowest-ranked team in Group A play the world No.1 Diamonds in their opener on July 30. The middling news: there’s Wales, likely medallist Jamaica, likely stragglers Barbados, and world No.5 South Africa to come.
Bongiwe Msomi (captain)
Elmere van der Berg
Shadine van der Merwe
Coach: Dorette Badenhorst
Linda Pearce: Aussie great Norma Plummer will be a coach mentor this time for Dorette Badenhorst, rather than the big cheese, meaning the biggest absentee will be champion defender and new mum Karla Pretorius. A huge out. Familiar faces for the fifth placegetters from 2018 include captain Bongiwe Msomi and fellow Super Netball alumni Lenize Potgieter, Phumza Maweni, Shadine van der Merwe and Ine-Marie Ventor.
Trinidad and Tobago
Birmingham 2022 Groups
Group A: Australia (1), Jamaica (4), South Africa (5), Scotland (8), Wales (9), Barbados (12)
Group B: New Zealand (2), England (3), Malawi (6), Uganda (7), Trinidad and Tobago (10), Northern Ireland (11)
Australia’s draw (AEST)
vs Barbados, July 29, 10.30pm
vs Scotland, July 30, 9pm
vs South Africa, August 1, 9pm
vs Wales, August 2, 9pm
vs Jamaica, August 4, 9pm
Semi-finals: August 6, 6pm and 11.30pm
Bronze medal match: August 7, 10.30pm
Final: August 8, 5.30am