INF World Ranking - 9
Nickname - Scottish Thistles
Capital city - Edinburgh
Population - 5.2M
Best Commonwealth Games Finish - 9th (2014) - Only Appearance
The hosts of the last Commonwealth Games, Scotland, embark on their second ever netball appearance having finished 9th in their inaugural appearance last time out.
The Thistles have been putting some impressive performances recently especially at the Netball World Cup 2019 Regional Qualifier – Europe. Scotland defeated Wales and Northern Ireland en route to qualify for Liverpool next year.
Five of the twelve athletes were present four years ago in Glasgow. Captain Claire Brownie, Lynsey Gallagher, Hayley Mulheron, Samantha Murphy, Fiona Fowler (nee Themann) and Jo Pettitt will all be making their second Commonwealth Games appearance.
Elsewhere in the squad are three players aged twenty or younger. Bethany Sutherland captained the Thistles under 21 side during last year’s Netball World Youth Cup in which the team finished eighth. Niamh McCall became the first player born in the 2000s to receive a senior cap for the Thistles and is also included in the squad.
Scotland have opted to go for the same squad who successfully qualified in first place at the Netball World Cup 2019 Regional Qualifier – Europe.
Match Schedule – Preliminary Rounds
A familiar opponent in England, will face Scotland in their opening game. The sides last met at the Netball Europe Open back in October with the Roses taking the win.
Another very familiar opponent faces Scotland next, Wales. Scotland have beaten Wales recently in the Netball World Cup 2019 Regional Qualifier – Europe and in the Netball Europe Open with both games being very closely contested.
Next up is the highest ranked team in the group, New Zealand. This match also took place during the last Commonwealth Games. On that occasion Scotland fell 71-14 to the Silver Ferns.
The final two matches of the prelims are against two teams from Africa, with the first being against Malawi. This is also another rematch from Glasgow 2014. Malawi took away the win in that game 62-35.
Finally, Scotland will play the She Cranes, Uganda. Both sides are fairly new to the netball action at the Commonwealth Games. Scotland made their debut in Glasgow 2014 while Uganda will be making their debut during this tournament.
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