2024 Netball Super League Preview – Strathclyde Sirens

THE 2024 Netball Super League season is almost upon us, and to celebrate the build up to the season, Rookie Me Central will be previewing each of the 10 competing teams and seeing how this year might unfold for them.

Today’s preview puts Strathclyde Sirens under the microscope.

Things did not quite progress for the Sirens in 2023. A stagnant ladder position and three less wins to their name means that these Glaswegians will be seeking improvement in 2024.

Taking a look at the Sirens’ 2024 squad, their defensive end is pretty similar to what it was in 2023.

Abi Tyrell is not around anymore, but crucially Towera Vinkhumbo is, and will be looking to have a season of similar strength to what she produced in 2023.

The question is, who will be her goal defence partner? Will Emily Nicholl get more game time? Or will it be the newly elevated Cerys Finn or former Rhino Millie Sanders that gets the nod?

Moving through to the midcourt, and there are a few fresh faces in the lineup this season.

Claire Maxwell and Beth Dix are massive losses out of the group, but in their place come experienced Scottish Thistles Hannah Leighton and Iona Christian.

The pair will provide handy experience and leadership to not only the rest of the midcourt, but the team as a whole.

This leaves fellow midcourters Emma Love and Hannah Williams, who will not only will learn a lot from the aforementioned Thistles pair, but will also be wanting to battle them hard to ensure they can get some court time too.

In particular, Williams, who has moved up to the Sirens from the title winning Loughborough Lightning in search of more game time, will want to make good on the transfer.

There have been plenty of changes up the shooters’ end. Bethan Goodwin is still with the team, but will need a new shooting partner after fellow first choice shooter Niamh McCall moved south to join the Lightning.

Cerys Cairns returns from last season and will be looking to stake a claim for that vacant goal attack role, but she will have some competition from some new faces. Zara Flett has earned an elevation from training partner status, while Sesandile Ngubane has come in from South Africa, so will certainly want to make her move halfway around the world count.

Strathclyde Sirens 2024 Squad

Emily Nicholl, Towera Vinkhumbo, Beth Goodwin, Cerys Cairns, Hannah Leighton, Sesandile Ngubane, Iona Christian, Millie Sanders, Hannah Williams, Emma Love, Cerys Finn, Zara Flett

Training Partners: Rachel Conway, Kelly Boyle and Hannah Grant

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