Commonwealth Games Preview: Team England vs. Northern Ireland

Team England are back in action at Birmingham 2022 on Monday when they face Northern Ireland.

This will be the Warriors’ third appearance at the Commonwealth Games after they made their debut at Glasgow 2014 and then qualified for a second time in 2018.

Their highest finish came in 2014, when they placed seventh after beating home nations rivals Wales.

How to Watch:

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Date: Monday 1 August

First centre pass: 6pm

Where to watch online: BBC iPlayer

Where to watch with your teammates: England Netball, South London’s iconic Pop Brixton and popular pub chain, The Botanist in BirminghamAlderley Edge and West Bridgford, Nottingham, are working together to create a series of designated ‘screening hubs’ where fans can come together, watch the sold-out games and enjoy the tournament as it unfolds. Grab your teammates and find out how to book here.

You can download the Netball schedule so you don’t miss a game and grab our watch-along Wall Planner so you can follow each team’s progress.

Head-to-Head Record

Monday’s game will be the 8th time the two sides have met, with England leading in the win ratio.

Last Three Meetings:

Date Competition Result
27 September 2019 Netball Europe Open W 73-16
6 October 2017 Netball Europe W 75-44
13 May 2016 Netball Europe W 83-32


View From Inside the England Camp

Jade Clarke on

…facing Northern Ireland: “They play more of a similar style to us so it will be physical, it will be fast and they had some really good passages of play against New Zealand, like taking the ball down the court, so yes definitely another challenge. They’ve got some really great players in the Superleague, they’re growing and growing more players in the Superleague which is really good.”

Eleanor Cardwell on

…the challenges Northern Ireland pose: “The challenges are, they’re very nippy! Caroline O’Hanlon I’ve played with her for years, she’s fit, she’s fast, great change of direction, everything! She’s got it all. We’ve got to really look at them, we’ve got to pin point stuff we want to work on and challenge them on and yeh we’re just going to try and be as ruthless as we can and take it to them. But we are really looking forward to it!”

Ones to Watch

Captain – Caroline O’Hanlon

Familiar face, Caroline O’Hanlon, knows a thing or two about winning netball on a big stage. O’Hanlon brings a wealth of winning experience, coming off the back of an unbeaten domestic season with Vitality Netball Superleague team Manchester Thunder. Her agility combined with work rate on and off the ball will see her be a threat to the England mid-court.

Northern Ireland full squad:

Jenna Bowman, Ciara Crosbie, Emma Magee, Georgie McGrath, Caroline O’Hanlon, Michelle Drayne, Niamh Cooper, Frances Keenan, Fionnuala Toner, Michelle Magee, Olivia McDonald, Maria McCann. Here’s a guide to the competition, including how you can follow all the action.

If you’re new to our sport and want to have a go yourself, we have programmes for everyone aged 5 to 95 from Bee Netball for children, to Back to Netball for those returning, to Walking Netball, a slower version of the game we love. Through the netball finder on our homepage, simply select play and enter your postcode and you’ll find a variety of sessions in your area.Loved being in the crowd or watching from home? There’s more live netball coming your way in England this October – book tickets now.

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