Four of Danny Kerry’s Great Britain squad headed to the SSE Arena Wembley this Sunday to show their support for England’s Netball team as they went head to head with Australia as part of the Netball Quad Series.
With home World Cups in women’s cricket, netball and hockey over the next three years, the Team Up initiative is in full swing and Great Britain athletes Ellie Rayer, Suzy Petty, Emily Defroand and Olympic gold medallist Shona McCallin MBE popped down to show their support for the Roses.
They weren’t just spectators, however as the four of them made their way onto the court at half time to show their sporting prowess in some hockey, netball and cricket challenges. Emily Defroand and Shona McCallin were two of the first to have a go at the new Team Up challenge, where they had to score a netball goal, dribble a hockey ball and then knock down the stumps with a cricket ball. Shona managed a 20 second time whilst there was no messing from Defroand who did the challenge in 15 seconds. If you think you can do better than Shona and Emily, why not send your #TeamUpChallenge videos to @teamupengland on Twitter?
A fantastic game finished 47-46 in favour of the Australians, but despite the defeat for the Roses, our four players enjoyed their day.
When interviewed on court, Shona McCallin said:
“It’s fantastic to be here and see such a great game of netball. The noise is incredible and it shows that all three world cups will be amazing. We're lucky that there's increasing interest in women's sport and hopefully Team Up can help us to keep growing that.”
If you’d like more information on Team Up visit their website.
You can see highlights of England Netball’s clash with Australia on the BBC Sport website here.