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'Going To Be Really Easy For Us': Army Netball Head Coach On Inter Services Chances

New Army Netball Head Coach Lieutenant Colonel Laura Ellis says "it's going to be really easy" for her team to win the next Inter Services Championships.

The Army are the current holders of the trophy and have dominated the military scene in the past 10 years.

According to Lt Col Ellis, the former player who has taken over as the new boss, that trend should continue at the next competition.

She said: "The aim is to build up Army Netball and make it the best that we can.

"Obviously, to win the Inter Services, which given the development that we've got and the range of players we've got, it's going to be really easy for us."

Lt Col Ellis was speaking at the Army's first training session since the last Inter Services championships in March 2020.

"This is our return to netball event," she said. "It's been absolutely fantastic and we've had a great turn-out.

"We've still got lots of people not here and it's just looking forward to getting back into the swing of things – Inter Units, Inter Corps and then building up for the Inter Services next year."

WATCH: Army netballers win the 2020 Inter Services title.

One of the key players for the Army will be Super League player Dee Bolakoro.

Lt Col Ellis thinks the Fijian international brings morale to the camp, saying: "You can just see she oozes positivity for us across the court wherever she is put and she just helps everybody.

"Her skill and athleticism is amazing so it's great to have her in the squad."

The Army are set to return to action against Netball Ireland in October and before next year's Inter Services, the team will be coached by a special visitor – the England Netball boss!

"We're thrilled to announce that Jess Thirlby will be coming to coach us at some point before Inter Services," said Lt Col Ellis.

"That'll be an absolutely fantastic opportunity – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the girls."