The Northern Ireland national netball team represent Northern Ireland in international netball. The Northern Ireland team are presently coached by former representative captain Elaine Rice. During Rice's time as head coach, Northern Ireland have won the 2009 Nations Cup in Singapore, and came third in the 2011 European Netball Championships in Antrim.[1] The team qualified for the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore,[2] where they progressed to their first ever finals stage, eventually finishing 8th. As of 26 July 2011, Northern Ireland are ranked 11th on the IFNA World Rankings.[3]


 [hide*1 Players


Twelve players were selected to represent Northern Ireland at the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore, from 3–10 July. The team are presently captained by Belfast shooter Noleen Lennon.[4][5]

Northern Ireland national netball team
Player name Positions Club
Kyla Bowman GA, GS, GK Larkfield
Micaela Brunton WD Belfast Ladies
Frances Campbell WD Belfast Ladies
Gemma Gibney GK Graduates
Hannah Irvine GA Graduates
Noleen Lennon (c) GS Belfast Ladies
Laura Mason WA, C Larkfield
Lisa McCaffrey (vc) C Larkfield
Deborah McCarthy GD, GK Graduates
Oonagh McCullough GA Graduates
Caroline O'Hanlon GA Larkfield
Fionnuala Toner WD Belfast Ladies

Coaching staff[edit]Edit

  • Head coach: Elaine Rice (née McLaughlin)
  • Assistant coach: Clar Rois McGuinness
  • Manager: Karen Rollo

Competitive history[edit]Edit

World Netball Championships
Year Championship Location Placing
1963 1st World Championships Eastbourne, England 11th
1967 2nd World Championships Perth, Australia
1971 3rd World Championships Kingston, Jamaica 8th
1975 4th World Championships Auckland, New Zealand 9th
1979 5th World Championships Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago 17th
1983 6th World Championships Singapore 7th
1987 7th World Championships Glasgow, Scotland 10th
1991 8th World Championships Sydney 12th
1995 9th World Championships Birmingham, England 18th
1999 10th World Championships Christchurch, New Zealand 16th
2003 11th World Championships Kingston, Jamaica
2007 12th World Championships Auckland, New Zealand
2011 13th World Championships Singapore 8th
Other results for Northern Ireland
Tournament Location Placing
2009 Nations Cup Singapore [1] 1st
2010 European Netball Championships Cardiff, Wales 4th
2011 European Netball Championships Antrim, Northern Ireland [2] 3rd
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