Helen Housby and England’s Vitality Roses aim to seal series against Jamaica
Helen Housby will look to help England secure a winning streak against Jamaica this weekend.
The Cumbrian netball star is in line to appear in the second and third tests for the Vitality Roses.
England claimed a 55-45 victory over the Sunshine Girls at Copperbox Arena in London last Sunday.
They are now heading to Nottingham Motorpoint Arena for a double header on Saturday and Sunday.
NSW Swifts star Housby of Drumleaning near Wigton returned to England in the first test.
The England attacking trio, also including Natalie Haythornthwaite and Jo Harten, faced a tough competition from Jamaica and head coach Jess Thirlby said the home side could improve.
“Although they are known, they haven’t been there,” Thirlby told Sky Sports of some of his star players. “It just takes time [to settle].
“Having to do that [find your flow] while playing against world-class opposition is difficult. Jamaica never lets you win easily, so coming away with a 10-goal win when we know we haven’t really hit our straps is pretty impressive.
Housby, speaking ahead of the series, noted the difficulty in siding with Jamaica’s qualities.
The 26-year-old Carlisle-born said: “A team like Jamaica is so different from the rest in the top five in the world.
“The way they play and their natural style is so different.
“Historically, England have met Jamaica at virtually every major, whether in the group stages or in the knockout matches. So for us getting that many minutes against them in preparation is not a problem. bad thing.
England and Housby hope to get back in shape ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
This will see the Roses defend the title they so memorably won on Australia’s Gold Coast in 2018, when Housby scored the last game-winning goal to secure England gold.
“It went quite slowly [since 2018] but when I really think about it, so much happened after that moment, ”the Cumbrian added.
“It’s really exciting to be able to compete in these Commonwealth Games at home with the chance to defend a gold medal.
“This is something that we – as an England team – have never done before and I know the girls are ready to do it.”
Tomorrow’s second test is live on Sky Sports and streamed on YouTube at 3:45 p.m. ET.