Corbins hope for World Cup call

PUBLISHED: 16:30 20 May 2015

Corbin sisters England netball

Corbin sisters England netball


Newham sisters set sights on Australia trip

As the race for places for the forthcoming Netball World Cup hots up, Newham & Essex Beagles sisters Sasha and Kadeen Corbin are keen to convince England coach Tracey Neville they are worth a spot, writes Ziad Chaudry.

The Corbins, who play for Superleague play-off finalists Hertfordshire Mavericks, did their chances of getting on the plane to Australia in August no harm at all after helping England to an easy 3-0 series drubbing of Trinidad & Tobago.

Scores of 65-42, 67-42 and 69-36 secured a superb winning start for newly appointed coach Tracey Neville, the sister of former England and Manchester United footballers Gary and Phil.

And at the Copper Box Arena fixture in Stratford goalshooter Kadeen, 24, contributed 16 of the English goals in the 67-42 victory over the Calypso Girls.

Older sister Sasha 27, hopes their performances in the three matches earn them a place in Neville’s World Cup squad, sayhing: “That’s what everyone is striving for. I definitely want a place in the squad, but you have to work hard for it.

“You need to prove yourself, but that’s the dream, to get picked.”

Kadeen, a netball academy coach at Barking Abbey School, added: “Every step we take, every training we go into we’ll be going for that position.

“W’are always going to be fine for the position and we always have to make sure our combinations are really on point, so we are looking forward to going to the World Cup, but we always have to do this process beforehand.”

Sasha gave an insight into the role of working under Bury-born Neville, who replaced Anna Mayers in March. “Tracy know what she wants,” she said. “She’s very assertive in what she wants and she’s ruthless.

“As long we’ve put out on the court what she wants, then for sure everyone will be on a happy stage.”

Neville has also lured Forest Gate’s England netball legend and defensive specialist Amanda Newton into her backroom team.

And Sasha is thrilled to have her Hertfordshire Mavericks assistant coach in the new-look set-up, adding: “Amanda is amazing. She has a great knowledge of the game. She seals a lot of belief into the defenders. She’s just an amazing person in general and it really shows in the girls.”

The Corbins, cousins of leading British female sprinter Asha Philip, gave an overall assessment of their 2015 Superleague campaign with the Mavericks.

“It’s been a building season,” said Kadeen. “Everyone is trying to progress to where the bigger stages is going to be.”

Sasha added: “Personally I think our season has been up-and-down.

“We weren’t consistent enough. We managed to pull it out of the bag in the semi-finals, but weren’t able to get over the line in the finals.”

Coming back to the more important business of the World Cup, although it will be a mighty task to overcome the world’s leading top two nations Australia and New Zealand, Sasha reckons her England colleagues have got every chance of glory come August 16 at the Allphones Arena in Sydney.

“We’ve definitely got the potential within this squad to get over that line and we’ve got the management. It’s now putting the both together,” she said.

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