Top Netball Players to watch at the 2023 Netball World Cup

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Netball Corner

7/22/2023

The event is sure to be a star-studded event, and there are some incredible players who will be taking to the court. Here is a look at 11 of the top players to watch at the tournament:

The 2023 Netball World Cup is the biggest event on the Netball calendar. The tournament will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from July 28 to August 6. There will be 16 teams competing, including the defending champions, New Zealand.

Steph Wood (Australia)

Steph Wood is one of the most exciting players in netball. Her creativity in the circle and ability to read and control the game makes her one of the most formidable goal attacks at the tournament. Don’t let her small stature fool you, this girls keeps the goals coming. She is an accurate shot known for her backstep technique, making her able to shoot over any defender. She is a key player for Australia, and she will be looking to lead them to victory at the Netball World Cup.

Shamera Sterling (Jamaica)

Shamera Sterling is undoubtably one of the best defenders in the world. The scary part is, she keeps getting better! Her game is full of flair, heart and a whole lot of skill. Her ability to read the game, and steal possession is next to none. Whether it’s an intercept, a shot block, rebound or a tip on the ball, Shamera can do it all. The tall Jamaican defender finished the 2023 Suncorp Super Netball league with the third highest points in the league, leading the stats for deflections and intercepts. No doubt she will continue her terror in defence at the Netball World Cup as the Sunshine girls go for gold.

Karla Pretorius (South Africa)

Considered one of the best players in GD Karla Pretorius is a force to be reckoned with in the defensive circle. Known as a sneaky defender, leaving the attackers shocked with her every steal. She can steal the ball in every awkward place. Her combination in the circle with Pumza Maweni will be vital in steering the Spar Protea’s to Victory. Awarded the player of the tournament at the 2019 Netball World Cup, Karla is certainly one to watch. Let’s see if she can do it again!

Mwai Kumwenda (Malawi)

Mwai Kumwenda is one of the most prolific goal shooters in netball. She is a strong shooter able to play both a holding shooter and be on the move. Playing goal attack is one of her added tricks making her a more dynamic player. This ability also serves the Malawi Queens well who are able to play both her and Joyce Mvula in the shooting circle at the same time. Named Player of the tournament at the 2015 Netball World Cup, Mawai is sure to dazzle at this world cup.

Fumni Fadoju (England)

Making her debut for the Vitality Roses in 2022 Fumni is already being compared to the likes of Shamera Sterling. Her elevation is incredible. She is not one of the tallest defenders but the height on her leaps makes up for all the difference, leaving the tall shooters astounded when she gets that intercept. Fumni is well on her way to being the queen of defence! On her way to her first World Cup, this young gun in one to watch

Jhaniele Fowler (Jamaica)

Jhaniele Fowler is one of the most prolific goal shooters in netball history. She is a nightmare for any defence. She is strong, tall, athletic, and able to shoot over any defender. If you have ever seen her play, you’ve probably felt bad for her defender. Fowler finished the 2023 SSN Super Netball league with the most points in the league. This player is hard to miss and very hard to beat. I don’t have to tell you, you certainly won’t miss Jhaniele at this world Cup.

Courtney Bruce (Australia)

Bruce is simply one of the best defenders in the world. She is the 2023 SSN stats leader for defensive rebounds and is a close second to Shamera Sterling for intercepts and deflections. She is athletic and able to read the game very well. A rebounder of note and very good at disrupting opposing shooters. She is a key player for Australia, and she will be looking to lead from behind at the Netball World Cup.

Elmere van der Berg (South Africa)

Elmere van der Berg is a rising star in netball. Making her debut for the Spar Proteas in 2021, Elmere has impressed on the world stage. She is tall yet agile, able to player both GS and GA. Going to her first world cup, she is sure to turn heads.

Grace Nweke (New Zealand)

Grace Nweke is one of the most exciting young players in netball. She is a tall towering shooter standing at 1.93m. Her movement and strength in the air makes her a challenge for any defender. She dominated the 2021 ANZ Premiership setting a new scoring record. This young player, only 21, is sure to be a standout player at the World Cup.

Eleanor Cardwell (England)

Known as “the claw” for her unique one handed take of the ball, Eleanor Cardwell is one of the most creative attacking players. This long range shooter was instrumental to the Adelaide Thunderbirds SSN league win in 2023. She is able to shoot from anywhere. She is a key player for England, and she will be looking to lead them to victory at the Netball World Cup.

Jane Watson (New Zealand)

Jane Watson is an electric defender with a dynamic vertical leap, long reach and speed off the mark. Playing both GD and GK, Jane is known for her blistering dashes across court and getting those defensive intercepts. She is dangerous defender who is sure to cause trouble for attackers at this world cup.

Conclusion

The 2023 Netball World Cup is sure to be a thrilling competition, and these players are sure to be some of the stars of the show. Be sure to keep an eye out for them as they take to the court in Cape Town.

Will you be watching the 2023 Netball World Cup? Who are your favorite players to watch? Let me know in the comments below!