The Sirens Are Here – We’re Changing the Game
1st November 2016
New Superleague Team set to change the game for women’s sport
Scotland’s brand new Superleague team, the Sirens, are ready to introduce themselves and “S” is most definitely for “special.”
The newest addition to the Sky broadcast Vitality Netball Superleague, the Sirens are set to change the game with a superb global team of athletes and an experienced and determined management team. Based in the £113 million pound Emirates Arena in Glasgow, and supported by the University of the West of Scotland, the Sirens are set to make a big impact from the outset.
Head Coach Gail Parata and Franchise Director Karen McElveen have carefully selected the Sirens team that embodies their vision and mission: Strength, Skill and Style. The team includes eight athletes from Scotland, with a mixture of experience and young-gun talent, and a national athlete from Northern Ireland. But, the Sirens have also managed to secure three world class netballing superstars to help them to compete for the League title in year one.
Statuesque shooting legend and Jamaican International, Carla Borrego, leaves behind a stunning career in the ANZ, most recently playing for the Adelaide Thunderbirds, to join the Sirens in the shooting circle. At an impressive 6ft 4in tall, she will be a force to be reckoned with. Joining her will be global megastar, Ellen Halpenny from New Zealand (ranked #2 in the world), who has amassed an impressive collection of trophies in her national career as a Silver Fern, including the silver medal at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Althea Byfield, a Jamaican International with 112 caps for her country who are currently ranked 4th in the world, will lead the defensive team, supported by Rachel Forbes, a Scotland national who returns from Australia to take her place as a Siren in the team’s inaugural year. Midcourt includes Caroline O’Hanlon from Northern Ireland who will be joining Scotland’s national Captain Claire Brownie in the mid-court.
CEO of Netball Scotland Claire Nelson said: “We have worked hard to bring together this amazing team of players and back room staff. I’d like to thank my team and our sponsors for their support. Sirens are here, ready for action and most definitely ready to change the game, not just for netball, for women’s sport as a whole. We are so looking forward to the start of the season so we can show just what this team is made of.”
Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS, said: “The introduction of the Sirens franchise to the Vitality Netball Superleague is a hugely important development not just for netball but for sport, especially women’s sport, across Scotland. We are absolutely delighted that UWS will be playing such an important role in supporting this development and in creating success for the team over the coming seasons. The Sirens comprise an incredible group of athletes who I am sure will make a huge impact on the league when it gets underway in February. We share the team’s vision of excellence and ambition to establish Scottish netball as world leading.”