Former Roses captain Sara Bayman is excited about England’s World Cup Chances, as Aussie legends of the game announce retirement.
With just 12 months until the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, and the England Roses revelling after their recent historic Commonwealth Gold medal that saw them beat World Number ones Australia by one goal with just seconds on the clock, Roses fans are excited about the team’s chances in a home World Cup next year.
This, coupled with the shock news that four of Australia’s established players have recently announced their retirement from International netball. The departures include former captains’ and defensive duo Laura Geitz and Sharni Layton, shooter Susan Petit and midcourter Madi Robinson.
Sara Bayman who’s captained the Roses and has 84 International caps to her name explains why she’s excited about England’s chances next year. She said: “From an England perspective it’s quite exciting, because although Australia have depth, you’re not sure what they’re going to look without those four key leadership players in there.”
According to Baymen, part of the Diamonds problem in the Commonwealth Games was that when they were put under pressure by England in the gold medal match, they didn’t know who their strongest seven players were. This is because “Australia have always had so much depth, they could’ve named three or four teams that could medal at a major Championships” she said.
“Those retirements now almost give them a bit less of a headache, because they will need to know who their best seven are.”
In stark contrast to the Australian Diamonds new look squad, Bayman added that “there are no major surprises” in the England Roses long squad announcement for 2018 and 2019, and there will be a “scrap on for places in the squad for Liverpool.”
By Kate Lightfoot