September 27th, 2016

England and Jamaica netball stars set to do battle in Coventry for the first time

England and Jamaica netball stars set to do battle in Coventry for the first time England and Jamaica netball stars set to do battle in Coventry for the first time
From left, David Armstrong, Andy Gibb and Ama Agbeze. (s)
Updated: 3:32 pm, May 09, 2016

THE RICOH Arena has been chosen to host the final of an international series between England and Jamaica.

The England Roses will renew their rivalry with Jamaica this November and December in a three-match Netball International Series, with a potential series decider taking place in the Jaguar Exhibition Hall on December 4.

The England Roses open the Series with a clash at the Copper Box Arena in London on Tuesday, 29 November.

Three days later the action heads to the North-West as Belle Vue, Manchester hosts a repeat of last year’s World Cup bronze medal match before heading to the Ricoh Arena for the final game, which is expected to attract a crowd of over 4,000 fans.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in front of a packed crowd at the Ricoh Arena,” said Ama Agbeze, from Birmingham.

“We already have over one million women and girls playing netball around the UK, and hosting big games like this in Coventry will no doubt help to boost this number even further.”

It will be the first time in four years that the Sunshine Girls have taken part in a full tour to England and the last time was a nail-biter.

The Roses took the first match in Birmingham before Jamaica levelled the Series in Liverpool. A dramatic 62-58 win for England in the final match at the EIS, Sheffield saw England lift the trophy.

Andy Gibb, Managing Director of the Ricoh Arena, added: “We have an action packed schedule to whet sports’ fans appetite with rugby league, rugby union, snooker, weight lifting and now netball all to come over the next six months – reinforcing the multi-purpose nature of the venue and Coventry as a diverse sporting city.”

Tickets for England versus Jamaica at the Ricoh Arena are on sale and can be purchased by visiting www.tickets.sky.com.

Vitality Netball International Series 2016

Match 1: England v Jamaica, Copper Box Arena, London – Tuesday 29th November

Match 2: England v Jamaica, Belle Vue, Manchester – Friday 2nd December

Match 3: England v Jamaica, Ricoh Arena, Coventry – Sunday 4th December

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