Israel Announces Netball Squad for European Championships

'The girls have worked extremely hard, and there is a wonderful sense of camaraderie,' says assistant coach.

Emil Salman

Israel Netball has announced the members of its national team squad who will be competing at the 2016 Challenge Cup of the Netball Europe Open Championships to be held in Newcastle, England, May 12-15. 

Coach Laragh Widdess and Assistant Coach Lexi Schapiro put the candidates through a number of rigorous training sessions before paring down the field to the final roster of 11 players. 

The squad comprises Shoshana Berman, Maayan Eytan, Chani Komar, Nomi Komar, Lara Krasnostein, Tzili Kupchik, Michal Lieberman, Sivan Nahshon, Tracy Pauwen, Tal Segev and Talya Storman.

“The girls are extremely committed,” Segev, a relative veteran on the team, told Haaretz Wednesday. “It’s the first time for some, while others have represented Israel before,” she said of the team’s makeup, noting that Eytan, Lieberman and Storman played for Israel in the youth championships and are now moving up to the women’s team. 

“The girls have worked extremely hard, and there is a wonderful sense of camaraderie,” assistant coach Schapiro told Haaretz.

Schapiro explained that Israel’s participation in the competition is important in order to earn an international ranking.

Segev concurred about the spirit of the team. “Everyone’s extremely supportive on and off the court,” she said, adding that one of the aims of the team, which will be fighting an uphill battle against internationally ranked teams, will be “to show that netball continues to grow in Israel.”