|Nickname(s)||The Scottish Thistles|
|Head coach||Gail Parata|
| England |
(Played in 1949)
|Best result||6th (1971, 1975, 1983)|
The Scotland national netball team, known as the "Scottish Thistles", represent Scotland in international netball tests and competitions. The Thistles competed in every World Championship from 1963–2007, finishing sixth on three occasions (1971, 1975, 1983). The team are currently coached by Gail Parata. As of 7 March 2018 [update] , Scotland are 9th in the INF World Rankings.
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain, with a border with England to the southeast, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the North Sea to the northeast, the Irish Sea to the south, and more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.
Netball is a ball sport played by two teams of seven players. Its development, derived from early versions of basketball, began in England in the 1890s. By 1960, international playing rules had been standardised for the game, and the International Federation of Netball and Women's Basketball was formed. As of 2011, the INF comprises more than 60 national teams organized into five global regions.
The INF World Rankings are published by the International Netball Federation (INF) to make it possible to compare the relative strengths of internationally active national netball teams. Initially, rankings were based on the results from the World Netball Championships, and released after the conclusion of each event, every four years. A new ranking system was implemented on 11 February 2008, wherein teams are ranked based on international tests played, currently since July 2010. Teams appear on the rankings list once they have played eight international test matches, starting from July 2010. The rankings are updated by the INF every month. Australia and New Zealand have dominated the INF world rankings in previous years and they are the only two netball nations to have ever held the number one world ranking since its introduction in 2009.
|Scotland national netball team|
|Netball World Cup|
|1963||1st World Championships||Eastbourne, England||8th|
|1967||2nd World Championships||Perth, Australia||7th|
|1971||3rd World Championships||Kingston, Jamaica||6th|
|1975||4th World Championships||Auckland, New Zealand||6th|
|1979||5th World Championships||Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago||9th|
|1983||6th World Championships||Singapore||6th|
|1987||7th World Championships||Glasgow, Scotland||9th|
|1991||8th World Championships||Sydney, Australia||9th|
|1995||9th World Championships||Birmingham, England||22nd|
|1999||10th World Championships||Christchurch, New Zealand||20th|
|2003||11th World Championships||Kingston, Jamaica||15th|
|2007||12th World Championships||Auckland, New Zealand||14th|
|2011||13th World Championships||Singapore||DNQ|
|2015||14th World Cup||Sydney, Australia||12th|
Results of the Scottish netball team in the 2014 Commonwealth GamesThey ended the tournament in 9th position.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XX Commonwealth Games and commonly known as Glasgow 2014,, was an international multi-sport event celebrated in the tradition of the Commonwealth Games as governed by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). It took place in Glasgow, Scotland, from 23 July to 3 August 2014.
|Report||Scotland||58 – 30||Saint Lucia|| SECC Precinct |
Umpires: Theresa Prince, Ian Fuller
Reserve umpire: Terrence Peart
|Report||Scotland||14 – 71||New Zealand|| SECC Precinct |
Umpires: Tracy Smith, Gary Burgess
Reserve umpire: Terrence Peart
|Report||Scotland||26 – 68||Jamaica|| SECC Precinct |
Umpires: Theresa Prince, Joshua Bowring
Reserve umpire: Gary Burgess
|Report||Scotland||35 – 62||Malawi|| SECC Precinct |
Umpires: Jonathan Bredin, Rachael Ayre
Reserve umpire: Michelle Phippard
|Report||Scotland||32 – 37||Northern Ireland|| SECC Precinct |
Umpires: Rachael Ayre, Joshua Bowring
Reserve umpire: Tracy Smith
|Report||Scotland||46 – 28||Trinidad & Tobago|| SECC Precinct |
Umpires: Terrence Peart, Clare McCabe
Reserve umpire: Theresa Prince
The International Netball Federation (INF), formerly the "International Federation of Netball Associations" (IFNA), is the worldwide governing body for Netball. The INF was created in 1960 and is responsible for world rankings, maintaining the rules for netball and organising the Netball World Cup. The organisation has five regional areas:
The England national netball team, also known as the Roses, represent England in international netball competition. England are coached by Tracey Neville, and are captained by Ama Agbeze. As of 2 December 2018, the team is ranked fourth in the INF World Rankings, having previously been as high as second. England have won one silver and several bronze medals at the World Cup and have won one gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
The Samoa national netball team represent Samoa in international netball tests and competitions. The team are coached by Marcia Hardcastle and are co-captained by Opheira Harder-Karatau and Julianna Naoupu. As of 7 March 2018, Samoa are 15th in the INF World Rankings. They finished 12th at the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore, and 9th at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. On their debut at the Nations Cup (netball) Samoa, captained by Sanita To’o, won the tournament with a final score of 50-41 against Singapore. Samoa participated in the 2009 edition of the Fast5 Netball World Series, placing 6th in the competition.
The Botswana national netball team represent Botswana in international netball tests. Botswana competed in the 2007 World Netball Championships, their first appearance at a World Championships, finishing tenth. They also came second at the 2008 Nations Cup, and finished 13th at the 2011 World Championships in Singapore. As of 7 March 2018, Botswana are 21st in the INF World Rankings.
The Cook Islands national netball team represent the Cook Islands in international netball. In recent years they have finished 10th at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 7th at the 2007 World Netball Championships; the Cook Islands did not qualify for the 2011 World Championships in Singapore. They are presently coached by former New Zealand player Ana Noovao. The Cook Islands team were ranked as high as 10th in the INF World Rankings at one stage, now currently 23rd.
The Singapore national netball team are the national netball team representing Singapore. The Singapore team have competed at four World Netball Championships. They have also won two Nations Cup titles. In 2005, the Singaporean team won the Asian Netball Championship with a win over the Malaysian team, scoring 53–39 in the finals.
The Barbados national netball team represent Barbados in international netball. The Barbadian team qualified for the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore, finishing 11th. The Bajan Gems are coached by Anna Shepherd, and are captained by Rhe-Ann Niles. As of 7 March 2018, Barbados was 11th in the INF World Rankings.
The Papua New Guinea national netball team represent Papua New Guinea in international netball competition. They are nicknamed the "Pepes", which comes from the Keapara word for "butterfly". Papua New Guinea played in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, finishing 11th. As of 7 March 2018, the Pepes are 18th in the INF World Rankings.
The Saint Lucia national netball team represent Saint Lucia in international netball. Saint Lucia are ranked 21st in the INF World Rankings, making them the fifth-highest-ranked team in the Americas netball region. Despite this position, the Saint Lucia team have not attended a major world tournament since the 2003 World Netball Championships in Jamaica, where they finished 15th. This changed in 2014 as they participated in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, finishing 12th.
The United States national netball team represents the United States in international netball. The US national team comprises mostly expatriate players from Commonwealth countries where netball is popular, including Jamaica. The team competed at the 2003 World Netball Championships in Jamaica, finishing 9th. Prior to 2008, the final placings of the World Netball Championships were used to determine world rankings, and thus from 2003–07 the United States team was ranked 9th in the world. It did not compete at the 2007 World Netball Championships in New Zealand; as of 1 July 2016, the team is ranked 28th in the INF World Rankings.
The Netball World Cup Sydney 2015 (NWC2015) was the fourteenth staging of the tournament previously known as the World Netball Championships, the premier competition in international netball, contested every four years. The 2015 tournament, ran from 7–16 August, held in Sydney, Australia, which secured hosting rights after defeating a rival bid from Manchester, England. Matches were played at Allphones Arena and Netball Central. Sixteen nations competed at the championships, including the top six teams from the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore. After two rounds in which teams competed in pools of four, Australia, New Zealand, England and Jamaica contested the semi-finals. Australia and New Zealand met in the final, with Australia gaining a narrow 58–55 victory to take the title. The final at Allphones Arena was attended by 16,752 people, a world record for any netball game. Malawian shooter Mwayi Kumwenda was the player of the tournament.
The Canadian national netball team is the national netball team of Canada. The netball team is selected through a trials process and competes on the world stage through regional AFNA competitions and qualifying tournaments to gain entry into The Commonwealth Games and the World Netball Championships. As of 7 March 2018, Canada were 27th in the INF World Rankings. The team participates in the Netball World Championships, considered the highest level of competition for the sport, and its best result came in 1991 when they came 6th. Canada's first netball win was in the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games when they beat Sri Lanka 52–49. The current Team Canada members are below. Canada is a member of the INF Americas region, with Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) being the lead agency.
The Tanzania national netball team is the national netball team of Tanzania. As of 1 July 2015, they are currently not ranked in the INF World Rankings. The current team members are below.
The Zimbabwe national netball team is the national netball team of Zimbabwe. As of July 2018, Zimbabwe are 13th in the INF World Rankings.
The Ireland National netball team is the national netball team of Ireland. Ireland's highest ranking at international competition was in 1991 where they finished 10th at the IFNA World Netball Championships. As of 5th August 2018, Ireland are 19th in the INF World Rankings. The current team members are below.
The Namibia national netball team is the national netball team of Namibia. As of 7 March 2018, Namibia were 35th in the INF World Rankings. Namibia competed in the annual Confederation of Southern African Netball Associations (COSANA) tournament in 2008. The 2010 Nations Cup, called NTUC FairPrice Foundation Nations Cup 2010, was held in December. Namibia beat India 72–32 to capture fifth. The current team members are below.
The Zambia national netball team represent Zambia in international netball competition, and are governed by the Netball Association of Zambia (NAZ). Zambia won their first international medal when they placed third at the 2011 All-Africa Games in Mozambique. In 2012, they won silver at the Confederation of African Netball Associations (CANA) tournament in Zanzibar, bronze at the COSANA Africa Cup in Tanzania and another bronze at the Diamond Challenge in South Africa.
The Malta national netball team participates in International tournaments, representing the country of Malta. They are part of Netball Europe and are a full member of the International Netball Federation (INF). They are also associate members of FENA. Malta achieved an International Ranking position in 2012. As of 7 March 2018, they are currently ranked 37th in the INF World Rankings. The Netball Association of Malta is located is located in Sliema, Malta. The President is Ms. Sandra Farrugia, and the Secretary is Ms. Josianne Gatt. Helga Turban is the head coach of the U21 side.
Netball was one of the ten core sports at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which was held on the Gold Coast in Australia. This was the sixth staging of netball at the Commonwealth Games since its inclusion in 1998, and the second time the netball event was held in Australia.