GB netball stars ready to sparkle in Israel

By Danny Caro, June 4, 2013

Team GB Open Netball squad will be going for gold at next month's Maccabiah Games has been selected.

The side featured a number of experienced players, some of whom have come up through the Junior ranks and represented their country at past Maccabiot and European Maccabi Games.

Overseeing the push for gold will be Head Coach, Lesley Tischler. She brings with her a wealth of experience, being a Middlesex Talent Scout and coaching the County under-17 squad.

Supporting her will be player-manager Sophie Lovat, who will be participating in her third Netball competition at a Maccabiah Games, having featured in both the Junior and Open Squads in the past.

As Head of Maccabi GB Netball Club, Lovatalready has a strong relationship with many of the Team GB players – five of which play in the Club on a weekly basis - and will be looking to utilise that to inspire the squad in Israel this summer.

Maccabi GB will be looking to go one step further than the silver medal they won in 2009 against Australia in the Final.

Speaking about the squad and the team’s expectations for the 19th Maccabiah Games, Maccabi GB Netball Chair, Beverly Jones said: "This is the 20th anniversary for Open Netball at the Maccabiah Games. During this time Maccabi GB has won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals, with the Juniors joining the competition in 1997.

"We have a strong squad covering a wide range of ages, including several players who can draw on their knowledge from previous International Competitions. All this experience in the squad means another gold medal will be coming home."

"The Maccabiah Games is always a spectacular event for any athlete and it gives me great pride to seeing these girls, all of whom come from different backgrounds, competing together and meeting other Jewish athletes from around the world."

Sophie Lovat
Jessica Pinnick
Ella Dennison
Claire Lewis
Natalie Klier
Abi May
Amy Needleman
Justine Harris
Ruth Davis
Emma Izon

Last updated: 12:50pm, June 5 2013