Geva Mentor

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Geva Kate Mentor
Personal information
Full name Geva Kate Mentor
Born (1984-09-17) 17 September 1984 (age 33)
Bournemouth, England
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
School St Peter's Catholic Comprehensive School
University Swinburne Online
Spouse Lachlan Crawford
Married 20 December 2015
Netball career
Playing position(s): GK, GD, WD
Years Club team(s) Apps
2008–10
2009–2010
2011-2016
2017-present
Adelaide Thunderbirds
Surrey Storm
Melbourne Vixens
Sunshine Coast Lightning
146
Years National team(s) Caps
2000–present  England 123
Last updated: 20 October 2017

Geva Kate Mentor (born 17 September 1984 in Bournemouth, England) is an English International netball player. Mentor was selected for the England national team in 2000, debuting the following year against New Zealand, at age 16. She is the current captain of the Sunshine Coast Lightning who play in the Australian National Netball League.[1]

To date she has received a silver medal at the 2005 World Youth Netball Championships in Miami, Florida, and two bronze medals at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games.[2][3][4] She has played in four netball World Championships, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 winning two more Bronze medals.

As of 2007 Mentor plays with the Surrey Storm in the Netball Superleague, after winning two Superleague premierships with Team Bath.[5] In 2008, she signed up to play in the Australasian ANZ Championship with the Adelaide Thunderbirds. Mentor played three seasons with the Thunderbirds, and was a member of their 2010 championship-winning team. During the 2010 and 2011 season, for which she signed with the Melbourne Vixens following changes to player eligibility rules.[6] Mentor was dropped by England Netball for the next 18 months due to England Netballs new policy, restricting players to play in the ANZ Championship. The policy stated due to playing overseas they were not prepared to accomodate their athletes who were playing abroad, subsequently banning Geva for playing for England. She was considered ineligible for the England national team for that entire year, including the 2011 Netball World Championships in Singapore,[7] although this ineligibility was later overturned via a compromise agreement between the players and the management team allowing Mentor to play for England in the World Championships.[8]

2014: Geva played her 4th season with Melbourne Vixens as their number 1 Goal Keeper, The Vixens went on to win the Grand Finals in July: becoming ANZ Champions for the 2nd time in their history. December in Liverpool, Geva gained her 100th cap for England Netball playing against Wales.

2015: After her successful 2014 season, she was voted by Guardian as the number one netballer in the World. Her name was submitted by INF in the global Sports Accord Awards, in the Womens Sports category, where she made the top four and was invited to Sochi, Russia to receive the award. It was a busy year with another ANZ season at the Melbourne Vixens, followed by The Netball World Cup, hosted in Australia in August where Geva captained the English side to a Bronze medal.

Following her fifth season with the Vixens in 2016, the ANZ Championships was disbanded and the Suncorp Super Netball was established. With three new teams entering the new league, Geva relocated to the Sunshine Coast, where she captained the new Sunshine Coast Lightning netball team to a title in the inaugural year of the competition. Mentor was named the Player of the Year for the 2017 Suncorp Super Netball season[9] as well as being named best goalkeeper in the team of the year at the same awards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mentor named Lightning captain". Suncorp Super Netball. 1 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "England Netball profile: Geva Mentor". Archived from the original on 29 September 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "2010 Adelaide Thunderbirds profile: Geva Mentor". Archived from the original on October 14, 2008. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "England win bronze in netball". BBC News. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Hudson, Louise (29 September 2009). "Sonia Mkoloma and Geva Mentor sign for Surrey Storm". Sportsister. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Williams, Rebecca (16 September 2010). "Dynamic signing for Melbourne Vixens". Herald Sun. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Newstalk ZB; ONE Sport (15 September 2010). "Mkoloma, Mentor snub England". TVNZ. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  8. ^ http://www.netballonline.info/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=19224
  9. ^ "Lightning captain crowned Super Netball player of the year". Sunshine Coast Daily. 25 June 2017. Archived from the original on 29 June 2012.