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Commonwealth Games: Geva Mentor in England netball squad but Mia Ritchie misses out
BOURNEMOUTH’S Geva Mentor has made the final cut for England’s Commonwealth Games netball squad.
However, Lymington’s Mia Ritchie has missed out.
Both players were long-listed at the start of last month and England Netball has today announced the final 12 players that will take part in Glasgow.
England open their campaign against Wales on Friday, July 25 and will subsequently face Australia, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados in Pool B.
National coach Anna Mayes said: "We are delighted to have chosen a mix of experienced heads and young faces for our Commonwealth Games squad.
"Seven of the team have competed previously at the games with well-known names such as Serena Guthrie and Sasha Corbin ready to play in their first.
"This is an incredibly important competition for us as it is the only chance our squad gets to compete at a multi-sport event and it is one of the main tournaments on the netball calendar.
"We look forward to representing Team England with an exceptional amount of pride.”
A former pupil at St Peter's School, Mentor won Commonwealth bronze with England in 2006 and 2010, while she featured in the team that came fourth in Manchester in 2002.
The 29-year-old, who can play goal keeper or goal defence, has also turned out in three World Netball Championships, earning bronze in 2011 in Singapore.
She is currently plying her trade at Melbourne Vixens, where in the season just gone she won the ANZ Championship, a competition contested by top teams from Australia and New Zealand.
Mentor was named in the league’s all-star team for the third season running and also became the first import to reach 100 games during the campaign.
England squad: Jade Clarke (c), Sara Bayman, Ama Agbeze, Eboni Beckford-Chambers, Kadeen Corbin, Sasha Corbin, Rachel Dunn, Stacey Francis, Serena Guthrie, Joanne Harten, Helen Housby, Geva Mentor.