Melbourne Vixens defender Geva Mentor will captain England’s Netball World Cup team, which includes four other ANZ Championship athletes.
ANZ Championship Best New Talent Serena Guthrie, Adelaide Thunderbirds defender Eboni Beckford-Chambers, NSW Swifts midcourter Jade Clarke and Kia Magic shooter Jo Harten, will join Mentor in Sydney this August.
Beckford-Chambers and Clarke both settled into their new homes in 2015, Beckford-Chambers travelling east from the West Coast Fever to settle in to the Thunderbirds defence, and Clarke crossing the Tasman from the Tactix to the NSW Swifts midcourt.
Guthrie made an instant impact and lasting impression in her debut ANZ Championship season with the SKYCITY Mystics.
Mentor proved her versatility this season, partnering with different goal defences in the absence of recently retired Bianca Chatfield.
Harten had another strong season for the Magic, shooting 344 goals from 402 attempts, giving her a shooting accuracy of 85.6 per cent.
These ANZ Championship athletes boast an array of Netball World Cup experience, with Sydney Mentor and Clarke’s fourth Netball World Cup appearance, Harten’s third, and Beckford-Chambers and Guthrie’s second inclusion in England Netball’s World Cup team.
Mojo Pulse’s Ama Agbeze has been named as a training partner that will accompany the team in Sydney.
Former ANZ Championship player and 2008 Most Valuable Player Sonia Mkoloma was also named in the team.
England Netball World Cup team: Geva Mentor (c), Pamela Cookey (v-c), Sara Bayman, Eboni Beckford-Chambers, Jade Clarke, Rachel Dunn, Stacey Francis, Tamsin Greenway, Serena Guthrie, Jo Harten, Helen Housby, Sonia Mkoloma