The Scottish Thistles Are Back!

28th September 2017

Netball Scotland are excited to launch our brand-new media campaign #ThistlesThursday to mark the start of a incredible 9 months for our National athletes from now through to the Netball World Cup Qualifiers in January, to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April and beyond, in their amazing new look Viper10 kit.  First on the agenda for our athletes - the 2017 Netball Europe Championships.


Head of Performance and National Coach Gail Parata - “I am delighted to announce the Scottish Thistles National team to compete at the 2017 Netball Europe championships in Cardiff next week.  We are looking forward to competing and testing our Thistles against four top 10 world ranking teams.


Our team is made up of a mixture of experience and youth.  In particular, four key members from the Scotland Under 21 team that were instrumental in achieving an 8th placing at the Netball World Youth Cup – Kelly Boyle, Bethan Goodwin, Sarah MacPhail and Niamh McCall - all of whom have continued their good form into the recent Scottish Thistle trials to earn their selection into this squad. 


We also welcome back the Thistles’ currently most capped athlete, Hayley Mulheron, who returns to Scottish soil from living and working in Australia. Claire Brownie (fresh from the Fast 5s All Stars competition at the weekend) will Captain our team once again.” 


Congratulations to the following Scottish Thistles who have been selected to compete at the 2017 Netball Europe Championships in Cardiff from the 5th – 8th October:  


Kelly Boyle, Claire Brownie, Ella Gibbons, Bethan Goodwin,

Lynsey Gallagher, Niamh McCall, Nicola McCleery, Sarah MacPhail,

Hayley Mulheron, Samantha Murphy, Emily Nicholl and Jo Pettitt


The Scottish Thistles kick start their Netball Europe campaign on Thursday 5th October with a World Ranking match against Fiji, followed by England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


For those of our amazing #ThistlesArmy not able to travel to Cardiff to support the Thistles in launching their #RoadToGoldCoast, the good news is that Netball Europe will be LIVE STREAMING all matches across their social media channels through media partner QTV Sports. 


Even bigger social media news is that you can follow our athletes on this tremendous journey on their brand-new TWITTER and INSTAGRAM accounts:






What are you waiting for?  Get following these channels IMMEDIATELY and get your fix of Scottish Thistle inspiration and check back with us every #ThistlesThursday for even more about our team.



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