As if their triumph at the Commonwealth Games last year wasn’t already enough, and it earned them the top sporting moment and the team of the year in the BBC’s Sports Personality awards, the upcoming Quad series of games for English Netball represents another chance to impress. The Quad series is a bi-annual tournament that brings together the four top Netball playing nations in a round robin competition. The four competing countries are Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and England. It is another jewel in the Netball Crown that the English Roses want and they want to win it very badly indeed. This year is also the World Cup in July so winning here will set them up for the summer perfectly. You can be sure that training sessions will be very intense and will probably combine Netball Training drill Videos like the ones you can see at sportplan.net/drills/Netball/Warm-ups/10-Balls-Anywhere-TBN0044.jsp
They will be hoping to break the long-running dominance of the Australians in the competition. So far, the Diamonds have won four out of the five held the only exception being a win for the Sliver Ferns of New Zealand in 2017. The South African Proteas are so far lagging behind the others, will this be the year they can improve and start to challenge? Let’s look at the Roses team.
The English Roses are coming back of a massive high in the spring from the Games. However, the Roses will know that they are the team that everyone will be gunning to beat. This is especially true as they are the home side. The main problem that the Roses will have is that this time around they will be playing with some very high expectations upon them. Let’s hope that they can rise to the challenge and balance this out by getting some good early wins in.
They have some great players and Captain Serena Guthrie is experienced. The return of the charismatic Geva Mentor as GK is a huge boost to the defense, plus the usual stalwart regulars of Helen Houseby, Eboni Usoro-Brown, and Rachel Dunn being there means the side is more ready than ever to win it and give them the confidence to kick on to the World cup.