The Adjutant General's Corps (AGC) has won this season's Army Inter-Corps Netball Championships, boosted by the form of star player Ellie Nawele.

The tournament saw 18 teams battling it out for glory, with the Army Air Corps hoping former England player-turned coach Jo Vann could inspire them to victory.

The Royal Signals, meanwhile, boasting several senior players in their squad, made a determined start to the tournament.

But it was the AGC that saw off the challenge of the other sides to finish on top, with Sergeant Ellie Nawele playing a key role in Aldershot.

British Army netball star Ellie Nawele

The victory capped a whirlwind few months for the soldier, who became the side's latest international star after making her debut for Fiji earlier this year.

The nation toured the British Isles, playing England and Wales, and Sgt Nawele admitted her emotions had been running high on her international debut.

"[I've] never been so nervous in my whole life until that Europe tour [but] it was a really good experience. [It was] very hard, [with] very tough matches throughout."

Sgt Nawele's now hoping to represent her country at the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast next year. She said:

"[I'm] very excited at the moment. We've got a training camp coming up in January... fingers crossed [I'll be selected]."

Sgt Nawele turned to AGC coach, Army team-mate and fellow sergeant Nordia Masters for advice, who represented Northern Ireland during her own international career.

British Army netball - Nordia Masters

As well as masterminding her team to glory, Masters, as Army captain, was keeping an eye on individuals who might become ready to make the step up to services netball.

The inter corps-competition provides Army selectors the chance to see which players could feature on the bigger stage. Sgt Masters said:

"Army netball has grown from year to year and this year is no different... We've spotted a lot of talent." 

2018's set to be extremely busy for the Army's netball stars, with the Inter-Services Championships in March and the Commonwealth Games getting underway in April.

More: Lance Corporal Rokoduguni Added To England Squad

Comments

Topics: