Europe Netball U17 Championship calling for young Roses

A determined England U17 squad are ready and raring to show what they’re capable of as they gear up for the Europe Netball U17 Championship in Gibraltar. 

Nine of the team will win their first U17 caps if they get out on court during the competition with captain Daisy Lees, vice-captain Neve Marsden and Hannah Gibson, who lifted the trophy as part of the 2023 Europe Netball U17 Championship-winning side. 

Competing at the home of the 2025 Netball World Youth Cup, for which all the team would be eligible for selection, the young Roses begin their title defence against the Republic of Ireland on Friday 8 March. 

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After finishing first in the U17 Challenge competition in 2023, the Republic of Ireland defeated Northern Ireland in the Play-Off Event for the chance to compete in the Championship section for 2024. 

The 12-strong England squad, led by former Rose and Head Coach Leah Kennedy, will then come up against the United Arab Emirates U17 on Saturday 9 March. 

The young Roses laid down an immediate marker at last year’s event with a dominant 81-22 victory over the UAE and will be out to impress once again. 

Wales U17, who they ran out 71-32 winners against last time the sides met, will prove tough opposition as the young Roses face back-to-back matches on the Saturday. 

England’s campaign concludes on Sunday 11 March as they take on Scotland U17, who they almost broke the 100-goal barrier against in 2023. 

 

The Fixtures and Viewing Details: 

All games will be available to watch on the Europe Netball YouTube channel. 

Date  Time (all UK)  Opponent  Viewing Link 
Friday 8 March  15:00   Republic of Ireland U17 vs. England U17  Watch live 
Saturday 9 March  08:00  England U17 vs. United Arab Emirates U17  Watch live 
Saturday 9 March  15:00  England U17 vs. Wales U17  Watch live 
Sunday 10 March  12:00  Scotland U17 vs. England U17  Watch live 

The links to watch will also be shared on England Netball’s X account before each game with the result posted at full time. 

 

The View From Inside The Camp: 

Head Coach Leah Kennedy: “I am really excited to see what our U17s can put out on court over the competition. It’s been a pleasure seeing them build their connections on and off court. There is a real bond between them all; they know how to enjoy themselves whilst also expecting high standards in everything they do. They have stepped it up a gear in their prep, challenging each other to be more creative, work consistently and to a high intensity. They all want to be out there playing for one another and making their country proud.” 

Captain Daisy Lees: “We are all so excited about the upcoming Europe Netball competition. The team have been working hard to ensure we are ready and prepared, and we can’t wait to get out there and show everyone what we can do. This group has a real sense of team spirit and pride, and we are looking forward to supporting each other during the competition.” 

Vice-captain Neve Marsden: “The whole team has been working so hard over the past months, and everyone is really keen to show what we are capable of. This squad has so many different characters and we enjoy the variety that brings. During prep, we have had a really good balance of fun whilst still putting the hard work into training. Bring on Gibraltar!” 

 

The Squad: 

 Name   Position   Franchise  
Lexi J Win Barrigan    WA, C    Manchester Thunder   
Millie Burns    GK, GD    Saracens Mavericks   
Zaneya Cunningham    GD, GK    London Pulse   
Sascha Dale    WA, C    Team Bath   
Hannah Gibson    GA, GS    London Pulse   
Daisy Lees    C, WA     Manchester Thunder   
Shannon Mahlik    GA, GS    Manchester Thunder   
Neve Marsden    GS GA   Team Bath   
Gracie Smith    C, WD    Saracens Mavericks   
Cody Sullivan    GK, GD    North East   
Coco Williams    GS, GA    London Pulse   
Neve Wright    GK, GD    Surrey Storm   

Captain: Daisy Lees || Vice-Captain: Neve Marsden   

Head Coach: Leah Kennedy || Assistant Coach: Lauren Palmer 

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