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2017 Vitality Netball Superleague preview: Celtic Dragons

Published: 15 Feb 2017

The 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague promises to be bigger and better than ever with new players, new coaches and new teams!

Ten sides will battle it out to be crowned champions when the league gets underway on Friday 17th February.

Here Sports Gazette gives you the lowdown on Celtic Dragons.

Head Coach: Trish Wilcox. Assistant Coach: Mel Tuckwell

Home Venue: Sport Wales National Centre

Squad: Sara Bell, Fern Davies, Suzanne Drane, Bethan Dyke, Lydia Hitchings, Kyra Jones, Kalifa McCollin, Kelly Morgan, Stacey Peeters, Lois Rideout, Eleanor Roberts, Leila Thomas

Celtic Dragons came seventh in last season’s competition and will surely have one main goal this year: consistency. They put in some solid displays, beating Team Northumbria and narrowly losing out to Loughborough Lightning, but need to maintain and replicate the same high-energy and high-quality performances throughout.

The league’s only Welsh team have a consistent formula when it comes to selection. They continue to champion home-grown talent and expertly blend in players with international pedigree. There’s a freshness to the squad, which is hoping to pull off a few surprise results, as Wales Under-21 players Fern Davies, Leila Thomas and Lydia Hitchings have all been promoted.

Kyra Jones was a commanding presence in the mid-court last term and Dragons have strengthened in this area with the signing of former Southern Steel regular Stacey Peeters.

First fixture: vs. Team Bath (H, Saturday 18th February at 16:00)

Regular season winner odds: 66/1 (Sky Bet)

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