England Netball Veteran Sets Sights On History

After playing for England for over 20 years, Geva Mentor might be forgiven for thinking she could rest on her laurels, but instead she has high hopes for the year ahead with the Commonwealth Games looming.

Speaking to BBC Sport, she outlined her ambition to be part of a side that retains their Commonwealth title in Birmingham, following their dramatic 52-51 win over hosts Australia on the Gold Coast four years ago.

The 37-year-old goalkeeper, who plans to retire after the Games, remarked: “I know that I am coming towards the latter part of my career but I still want to go out there and win.”

She added: “I still want to break history and make those moments with an amazing group of people.”

Victory for the Roses in front of a home crowd could inspire a new generation of aspiring players to take up netball classes. As well as providing a chance for talented players to make a name for themselves in the sport, it will also allow girls to build up friendships, keep fit and learn teamwork skills.

England’s preparation for Birmingham is about to take a step up in intensity with the Quad Series featuring the world’s other three best teams – Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Mentor said the squad has a great mix of youth and experience that creates a powerful dynamic, remarking: “Bringing fresh faces and new excited young people into the programme gives you that energy and perspective to not take things for granted.”

While the national team is gearing up for the challenges ahead, fans can also engage with the sport by watching Super League games from next month, with the opening weekend of the new season taking place in Birmingham on February 5th and 6th.

Opening day fixtures include Loughborough Lightning v London Pulse, Surrey Storm v Severn Stars and Manchester Thunder v Celtic Dragons.