England debut for Emma

Emma Dovey
Emma Dovey

A Leyland netball player is celebrating making her England debut.

Emma Dovey, who plays for Northern Thunder and Oldham, took part in the Netball Europe Championships – and came away a winner.

As a reward for an excellent season with Thunder in the FIAT Superleague, Emma was invited to train with the national squad.

This opportunity allowed the talented player to stake her claim for an appearance at the championships, which this year were held in Northern Ireland.

Emma, who is 20 this month, and is studying to be a PE teacher at the University of Cumbria, was introduced at goal defence for her debut against England’s toughest opponents, Wales, and she played her part in a 57–35 win.

England were also emphatic in a 68-34 victory over the hosts, when Emma again came on as a substitute.

On the final day of competition, she got her chance to start against Scotland and played her part in a 62-22 triumph and the coveted title.

The former Balshaws High School pupil said: “I have really enjoyed training with the squad over the last few months and was delighted to get an opportunity to play in the Netball Europe Championships.

“I particularly enjoyed the Scotland game as it was my first start. Thunder are having a great season and I think that success has helped to gain recognition for my country.”

Emma has previously played for England at U17 and U19 level.

Dad Chris said: “I’m really proud and pleased for her. It’s a reward for all the hard work she puts in and all the sacrifies she makes.”