Warriors qualify for Birmingham 2022   04/03/2022

Warriors qualify for Birmingham Commonwealth Games

We are thrilled to confirm that following the updated World Netball rankings, issued on 31st January 2022, Northern Ireland have maintained our 11th place position and been invited to compete at the pinnacle event for our sport, the Commonwealth Games, taking place in Birmingham from 28th July to 8th August.

The Commonwealth Games sees the top 12 teams in the World rankings compete in a two group format followed by positional play offs. This will be Northern Ireland’s third successive time competing in the games having finished in 7th and 8th positions respectively at the Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018 events.

Like many sports, Netball faced challenges getting on court to play international matches during the pandemic and we are delighted that the commitment, dedication and resilience of our performance team, athletes, coaches and support staff has been rewarded.

 

Netball Northern Ireland Chair, Helen Stirling:

We are delighted to retain our 11th place ranking and confirm qualification for Birmingham 2022 CWG. The Warriors will continue their preparations in earnest, under the expert eye of Head Coach Elaine Rice, and we, including all our NNI fans, can look forward to supporting the team in a 'home' games in the summer.


Warriors Head Coach, Elaine Rice;

We are very excited and delighted to compete in our third commonwealth games, which is testament to our players’ hard work. We look forward to being part of the larger Team NI and supporting all our team members in their endeavours. Netball continues to build momentum with publicity, coverage and sponsorship so it is fantastic that our players will complete with the other top nations- this gives us a boost as we continue to train with the goal of moving up the rankings.


Alison Moffitt-Robinson (Chef de Mission, Team NI) said:

 It is great to hear that Northern Ireland are 11th in the latest world rankings and as a result secure an invitation to compete in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Having finished in 7th and 8th place at the Glasgow and Gold Coast Games we will be hoping to cheer them on to another top 8 finish in Birmingham. The power teams of Netball come from within the Commonwealth so the Games will be truly world class. Excitement is guaranteed as the teams vie for the precious medal positions and to have Northern Ireland in the mix will be fantastic. In the first ever Commonwealth Games where the medal events for women, outnumber those for men, it is particularly apt for Netball to be our first team to qualify for an invitation to compete by way of ranking position. I wish the squad, under the leadership of Elaine Rice, all the very best with their Games preparations and the exciting months ahead.'


Further details https://www.birmingham2022.com/ and will be shared on our social media platforms as available.


Photo credit: Gold Coast 2018 Niamh Cooper v Malawi