Celtic Dragons

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Celtic Dragons
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Founded2005
Based inCardiff, Wales
Home venueSport Wales National Centre
Head coachTrish Wilcox
CaptainNia Jones
LeagueNetball Superleague
2018 placing10th
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The Cardiff based Celtic Dragons are part of the Netball Superleague (UK), which consists of the top ten netball teams in Wales, Scotland and England, with the Dragons being the only team from Wales. The vocal club supporters are known as the 'green army'[1].

History[edit]

The Celtic Dragons was founded in 2005 in partnership with Welsh Netball Association and England Netball. The Dragons struggled throughout many of their Netball Superleague seasons finishing below top five until 2013, when they found success through the signing of towering Grenadian shooter Lottisha Cato. They reached the grand final that year, losing out against English powerhouses Team Bath.

2016 Season[edit]

The 2016 season saw the loss of Welsh internationals, Chelsea Lewis to Team Bath for a second season and Nia Jones who took a break from netball to concentrate on her football career. The dragons signed Fijian internationals Afa Rusivakula and Episake Kahatoka in replacement for Lewis and Jones. The Dragons also made a big money move for star Centre, Melissa Steingass, who dominated the court throughout the season.

2017 Season[edit]

The 2017 season saw the departure of Georgia Rowe and Evrie Brierton to Team Northumbria, Becky Oatley to newcomers Severn Stars and Afa Rusivakula to Northern Stars (netball) in New Zealand. In return, saw the signing of kiwi midcourter Stacey Peters from the Southern Steel and experienced Calypso shooter Khalifa McColin. The Dragons displayed some spirited netball, especially their home game against Scottish-based Sirens (netball) which was televised on Sky Sports.

Most of the Dragon's home Superleague games are played at the Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens.

Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff

2019 Season[edit]

2019 Celtic Dragons roster
Players Coaching staff
Nat. Name Position(s) DoB Height
Wales Chelsea Lewis GS, GA 24 November 1993 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Wales Eleanor Roberts GS, GA
Wales Suzy Drane C, WA, WD 27 November 1986 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Wales Nia Jones GD, WD, C 6 April 1992 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Wales Kyra Jones C, WA, WD 9 September 1985 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Wales Bethan Dyke WA, C 25 December 1994 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
England Abby Tyrrell GK, GD
Fiji Adi Bolakoro GK, GD, WD
Wales Lucy Howells GK, GD
Jamaica Stacian Facey GK, GD 9 August 1993 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Trinidad and Tobago Kalifa McCollin GA, GS, WA
England Lucy Herdman GS
Wales Lydia Hitchings GS
Head coach
  • Tania Hoffman



Notes
  • (c) – Captain
  • (cc) – Co-captain
  • (vc) – Vice-captain
  • Injured or on maternity leave – Injury / maternity leave
  • (TRP) – Temporary Replacement Player
Player profiles: Team website Last updated: 5 Jan 2019
Date Opponents H/A Result Win/loss
5 Jan Team Bath H 41-58 L
12 Jan London Pulse A 40-67 W
25 Jan Severn Stars A 57-40 L
4 Feb Saracens Mavericks H 44-66 L
8 Feb Strathclyde Sirens A 46-50 W
18 Feb Wasps Netball H 46-58 L
25 Feb Manchester Thunder H 56-83 L
2 Mar Surrey Storm A 46-48 W
9 Mar Loughborough Lightning H 57-70 L
16 Mar Team Bath A 56-50 L
25 Mar London Pulse H 62-51 W
30 Mar Severn Stars H 52-53 L
6 Apr Manchester Thunder A 73-46 L
13 Apr Strathclyde Sirens H 59-49 W
20 Apr Saracens Mavericks A 55-50 L
21 Apr Wasps Netball A 64-48 L
27 Apr Surrey Storm H 58-51 W
4 May Loughborough Lightning A 67-56 L

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Celtic Dragons Netball, 04/01/2015". Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.