Hartpury duo join skipper at Severn Stars

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Hartpury netball duo Eleri Michael and Brooke Vivian will line up alongside fellow student Emma Johnson when the Severn Stars get their Netball Performance League (NPL) season underway.

Michael, 18, and Vivian, 17, had originally been selected as part of the new Worcester-based netball franchise’s long squad but the Under-19s players have now been named as part of the final 15 ahead of the new side’s season opener.

It completes a great week for the duo, who also found out that they had been selected for two other representative teams. Micheal has been named in Wales’ Under-21s long squad and will have an eye on next year’s World Youth Championships in Botswana while Vivian joins seven other Hartpury players in the Association of College’s (AoC) netball squad.

Hartpury’s netball manager, Holly Duerden, said: “Both the girls have been working really hard and it’s great to see them rewarded with a chance to show what they can do at NPL level. It’s been a great week for them as well with the news from Wales and the AoC selection so hopefully they can continue to work hard and have a successful 2017.”

The pair will also be joining their Hartpury captain, Emma Johnson, who was selected to the Seven Stars squad back at the start of November.

The trio are not the only players with Hartpury ties to have made the Seven Stars their home for next season as former student Lauren Brookes has made the final squad for the Superleague side while fellow Hartpury graduate Kellie Hull is also a part of the new franchise’s Under-21s squad.

Eleri and Brooke’s coach, Holly, meanwhile, will be part of the Severn Stars new coach development programme. Holly is one of eight coaches from the south west chosen by the Superleague side in conjunction with Netball South West, Netball Herefordshire and Netball West Midlands. The programme will aim to support and develop coaches in the area with an eye on helping the next generation of players to reach the top domestic and international levels.

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