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Northern Ireland gets special visit from Netball World Cup trophy

(From left) Karen Rollo, executive manager Netball NI; Tracy Meharg, Department for Communities Permanent Secretary; Geoff Wilson, chair Netball NI (Pic: Freddie Parkinson)
(From left) Karen Rollo, executive manager Netball NI; Tracy Meharg, Department for Communities Permanent Secretary; Geoff Wilson, chair Netball NI (Pic: Freddie Parkinson)

With the Netball World Cup starting in less than two months in Liverpool, the trophy that the countries will be competing for made a special visit to Northern Ireland.

Netball is becoming one of the fastest growing sports in the province and that interest will only soar after the weekend when Northern Ireland coach Dan Ryan and captain Caroline O’Hanlon helped Manchester Thunder win the English Super League title.

With a mixture of youth and experience, the Northern Ireland squad will be looking to match, if not exceed, their current world ranking of eighth in Liverpool.

The whistle stop tour for the trophy included two schools in Belfast, Girls' Model Secondary School and Malvern Primary School, as part of title sponsors PwC NI’s #TakeOverTheCity event.

The beautifully crafted silver and crystal trophy also visited Draynes Farm in Lisburn, Rushmere Shopping Centre in Craigavon, and it also stopped off at the Department for Communities in Belfast.​

Welcoming the trophy and representatives from Netball NI Department for Communities Permanent Secretary Tracy Meharg said: “With just over 50 days to the start of the Netball World Cup, the excitement is building towards what I am sure will be a successful event for the Northern Ireland team.

"I was delighted that Netball NI stopped by today with the World Cup Trophy as part of its tour around local schools and netball clubs in advance of the competition."

Geoff Wilson, chair of Netball NI, added: "We are delighted to have the world cup trophy with us in Northern Ireland and were thrilled to have the opportunity for our partners and sponsors to see it in the flesh before Liverpool."

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