Mar 19, 2019
"It is fun, exciting and a great way to meet new people and join an extended family"
Described by Saracens Mavericks Director of Netball & VNSL Head Coach Kathryn Ratnapala as 'an incredibly hard working, resilient and skilful athlete', Gabby Marshall has been one of the standout players for the Mavericks this season.
Marshall, who is part of the full-time England Roses Programme, captained England at U21 level and is currently in her second season at Mavericks.
We grabbed a quick chat with the Centre/Wing Defence to find out about her journey in netball to date, how she’s seen the sport grow and why people should get involved.
How did you get into netball?
My sister played at Oldham Netball Club, I used to go along and watch her. One day aged four I was bribed to join in by one of the coaches with the promise of a large teddy bear in return... I took part and have done ever since!
What was it about the sport that got you hooked?
I had played other team sports growing up, but I loved how fast netball is.
Did you face any barriers to doing netball when growing up?
When I was 14, I had to make a choice between playing football at a higher level or netball, so that could have been a barrier. However, my family have always been really supportive and helped facilitate my journey as a netballer.
Who is your netball hero and why?
Laura Langman, New Zealand international. Her work ethic on court, vision in attack and defensive pressure mean she has consistently been the best centre on the planet.
What’s your proudest moment on a netball court?
Making my England senior debut
How exciting has it been to see how the sport has grown over the last few years?
It has been phenomenal. What the girls achieved at the Commonwealth Games has been a catalyst and put netball in the spotlight, which is fantastic.
If somebody was to ask you why their daughter, niece, sister, cousin etc should do netball, what would you say?
I’d encourage anybody to take up any sport they enjoy doing. I believe netball can be played by anybody, young and old, there’s even walking netball! It is fun, exciting and a great way to meet new people and join an extended family.
Don’t miss your chance to see Gabby Marshall and the Saracens Mavericks as they take on Wasps at the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes on Monday 15 April in a top three clash in the Vitality Netball Superleague.
This is only the second time that Saracens and Wasps have faced each other away from the rugby pitch. The Mavericks will be looking to get one over the reigning champions after a 54-50 loss at the Ricoh Arena.
Get your tickets to what will be a high quality match and show your support for the Mavericks: https://www.mavericksnetball.co.uk/tickets/buy-match-tickets/