Leicester Mercury

Roddy to make a big impact in new season


YOUNG defender Annabel Roddy is returning for a third season at Loughborou­gh Lightning ahead of the 2021 Vitality Netball Superleagu­e (VNSL), writes Jessica Northfield.

Roddy, above, who recently began her third year of an English and business studies degree at Loughborou­gh University, returns after another successful season in purple which saw her lift the British Fast5 trophy with the side.

She not only brings youth and energy to the side but also experience in leadership, having captained the U19 England team in 2019.

Roddy said: “I am excited for my third season at Lightning.

“I’m looking forward to challengin­g myself and building on from previous years and I can’t wait to start training with the team and making the 2021 season one to remember.

“I’m determined to make it the best one yet.”

With the 2020 season cut short due to the pandemic, Roddy found herself training virtually with her team-mates.

She said: “Lockdown was tough. We’d been working really hard and we were ready for the next game, but we had to readjust, stick together, stay connected and, if anything, it’s made me more excited to be back in camp training together again.

“2021 is a big season for me, I’ve got a few things I want to focus on and progress to with Lightning, like fighting for a starting seven spot, and then there’s the World Youth Cup so there’s plenty on the horizon for me.”

Head coach Sara Bayman said: “Annabel really took every opportunit­y last year and will be wanting to do the same this season.

“She will be fighting for a spot in the England U21 squad and that added motivation will only help her make an impact for us in 2021.”


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