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England spurns its star

Source: NZ HERALD Melbourne: Geva Mentor – probably the greatest netballing talent England has produced – believes her international career may be over because of England Netball’s stance on overseas-based
20 Oct 2012 09:55

Source: NZ HERALD

Melbourne: Geva Mentor – probably the greatest netballing talent England has produced – believes her international career may be over because of England Netball’s stance on overseas-based players.
A frustrated Mentor has watched from her couch at home in Melbourne as her side suffered heavy losses to Australia and New Zealand in their opening Quad Series matches. The star defender made herself available for the series, which moves to Sydney on Sunday, but was not selected as she could not commit to England’s full international programme this year.
Mentor had to rule herself out of the home test series against Jamaica in August as she was in the process of trying to buy a house in Melbourne and starting a new job at Netball Victoria.
But England coach Anna Mayes was not willing to make an allowance for the athletic defender and left her out of the team altogether.
“I was told I was a required player and it was all or nothing from England Netball’s perspective,” Mentor explained.
England Netball’s no compromises approach on player availability also ruled out NSW Swifts defender Sonia Mkoloma and Mystics midcourter Jade Clarke – both of whom have captained England – as neither could commit to the full programme.
England’s refusal to select Mentor appeared even more ridiculous when they lost their most experienced defender, Ama Agbeze, to a back injury in the opening test.




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