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UWS Sirens 2018 Season Team and Coach Reveal

3rd November 2017

Momentum. It’s what we’ve created in our debut Season in the Vitality Netball Superleague, and it’s what we’ll continue to strive to achieve.

 

Momentum. It’s about continuing to build our powerful platform for Netball – and women’s sport –  in Scotland. It’s about being brave, pioneering and relentless in our pursuit of excellence and equality.

 

Momentum. It’s about forming the best team in the Superleague and challenging for the League title. It’s about women empowering women, succeeding as a team and #ChangingTheGame both on and off the court.

 

Scotland’s leading women’s sports team and the only one with a Sky Sports TV broadcast deal, UWS Sirens, is ready to continue their momentum and are excited to introduce their new look team of inspiring global athletes for the 2018 Vitality Netball Superleague season. Following an exhilarating debut season where the Sirens delivered a knock-out, sell-out first home and Sky Sports broadcasted game, 10,000 total spectators and powerful new community impact initiatives, the UWS Sirens will continue to blaze the trail for women in sport in the new season ahead.

 

With more depth, more experience and even more ambition to make it into the coveted Final Play-Offs, the UWS Sirens mean business in season 2 and are ready for the challenge. Bringing together the best netballing talent in Scotland and combining it with the skills and experiences of three Jamaican internationalists [ranked 4th in the world] and two England athletes [3rd in the world] from across some of the world’s top Clubs, the UWS Sirens are back bigger, better and stronger than ever before. And with the introduction of new Head Coach, Tanya Dearns, at the helm, it seems there’s no stopping this team.

 

New Zealander Tanya has a long, successful history of coaching high-performance netballers in her native country, many of whom have gone on to national representation, and she has been mentored by some of the best Coaches in the business.

 

Tanya said: “It is an honour and a privilege to take on the role of leading the UWS Sirens Franchise, building on some of the ground-breaking successes of their debut 2017 season and developing the team and athletes further to truly realise their on court potential. I am excited by the challenge that this opportunity provides.

 

I want to create a formidable force that can go out to compete for the Superleague title from the outset. My intention going into the 2nd season is to bring together a squad of some of the most skilled, focused and talented athletes in the sport who are capable of achieving incredible things collectively… and I think we have achieved that.”

 

Without further ado, we’re thrilled to introduce our UWS Sirens Athletes for the 2018 Vitality Netball Superleague Season.

 

MID COURT

 

CLAIRE BROWNIE (C)

Country: Scotland

Position: WD/C

2017 Season Club: Sirens

International Experience: Commonwealth Games 2014, World Cup 2015, 83 Senior Caps for Scotland

Major Honours: Current National Scottish Thistles Captain; VNSL Grand Final 2016

 

SARA BAYMAN

Country: England

Position: C/WD

2017 Season Club: Central Pulse [New Zealand]

Previous Clubs: Team Bath, Manchester Thunder

International Experience: England World Cup 2007 and Bronze in 2015. Commonwealth Games bronze in 2010 and 4th in 2014. 

Major Honours: Four times Netball Superleague Champion

 

NICOLA MCCLEERY

Country: Scotland

Position: WA

2017 Season Club: Sirens

International Experience: Scottish Thistle, World Youth Championships 2013, Netball Scotland Player of the Year 2016 Games, World Cup 2015

 

SAM MURPHY

Country: Scotland

Position: WA/C/WD

Previous Clubs: Team Northumbria 2016, Sirens reserve player 2017

International Experience: Scottish Thistle, 2014 Commonwealth Games, World Cup 2015

 

SHOOTERS

 

LYNSEY GALLAGHER

Country: Scotland

Position: GA/GS/WA

2017 Season Club: Sirens

International Experience: Scottish Thistle, Commonwealth Games 2014, Netball World Cup 2015, Netball Youth World Cup 2009 & 2013 [Player of the competition 2013]

 

BETHAN GOODWIN

Country: Scotland

Position: GS/GA

2017 Season Club: Sirens

International Experience: Scottish Thistle [Netball Europe Open 2016 Player of the Competition], Netball World Youth Cup 2017

 

VANESSA WALKER

Country: Jamaica

Position: GA/GS/WA

2017 Season Club: Loughborough Lightning

International experience: Jamaica ‘Sunshine Girl’, Vice-Captain World University Netball Champs 2012 – Bronze, World Youth Netball Championships 2009 – Bronze

Major honours: 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague Grand Finalist – Silver. British Fast 5 All Stars Champion.

 

SHANTAL SLATER

Country: Jamaica

Position: GS/GA

2017 season club: Team Bath

International experience: Jamaica ‘Sunshine Girl’. Fast 5 Series 2016 & 2012, Silver Ferns Test Series 2016, World Youth Netball Champs 2013 

 

DEFENCE

 

NICOLE AIKEN PINNOCK

Country: Jamaica

Position: GK/GD

2017 Season Club: Sirens

International experience: Jamaica “Sunshine Girl” Netball 2004 – present. Netball World Cup 2007 – bronze. Captain at Commonwealth Games 2014 – bronze. Fast Net 2009 -silver.  

Major Honours: Most intercepts in VNSL 2017 and VNSL All Star VII

 

EMILY NICHOLL

Country: Scotland

Position: GD/WD

2017 Season Club: Sirens

International Experience: Scottish Thistle [9 caps]

 

LEAH KENNEDY

Country: England

Position: GD/GK/WD

2017 Season Club: Team Northumbria

International experience: England FT Rose 2016/17 and 2017/18. Netball Europe gold 2017. Fast5 Series 2016. Jamaica Series Squad 2016.

(Image credit: Team Northumbria)

 

BETHANY SUTHERLAND

Country: Scotland

Position: WD/GD

2017 Season Club: Surrey Storm

International Experience: Scottish Thistle, Netball World Cup 2015, Netball World Youth Cup 2013 & Captain 2017

(Image credit: Steve Porter)

 

ELLA GIBBONS

Country: Scotland

Position: GK/GD

2017 Season Club: Loughborough Lightning

International Experience: Scottish Thistle

Major Honours: 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague Grand Finalist – Silver. British Fast 5 All Stars Champions 2017

 

With this new team also comes new experiences for our Franchise Director and Team Manager, Karen McElveen, as she moves on to pastures new and hands over the baton managing the Franchise to the Award-winning Gillian Crozier who many of our netball family in Scotland will already know. Karen, ‘Kaz’, has been instrumental in getting the Franchise off the ground and on the court and we thank her for all of her amazing work, wishing her well in her new post. And Gill – welcome to the UWS Sirens family! 

CEO of Netball Scotland, Claire Nelson, says of UWS Sirens’ season 2: “Last season was a complete whirlwind for us all. With a really short lead in time to the start of the League our collective focus was on creating and launching our team, and the impact that we achieved both on and off the court completely surpassed our expectations.

Now heading into our 2nd season we have more depth and experience in our squad, and are looking for more consistent and effective execution on court. We proved last year that we are capable of being one of the top teams in the League and I feel really confident in this new look team that our Coaches have brought together.

Off court, we will continue to work with our incredible partners, UWS, to grow and develop our game changing brand and impact programmes. I can’t wait to get this next season underway!

 

#WeAreUWSSirens and we’re #ChangingTheGame

 

*Stay tuned as we launch our UWS Sirens Season tickets, and if that’s not enough, we still have two UWS Sirens athletes to reveal!

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