Molly Hole to captain England U21s as she and fellow rising Team Bath Netball star Ella Williams earn Roses Academy selection
Molly Hole has been named as England captain for November’s Europe Netball U21 competition and selected in the Roses Academy squad for the 2021-22 season alongside fellow Team Bath Netball Academy player Ella Williams.
The talented duo earned their places in the 36-strong squad after impressing during a two-day camp over the weekend for players who had previously caught the eye of selectors at Positional Day training sessions during August.
Defender Hole (pictured top), who can also play as goal-shooter, has previous England experience with both the U19s and U17s, having captained the latter age-group to the Netball Europe title in 2020.
She has now moved up to the U21 squad and will once again skipper the side when they take part in this year’s European competition on the Isle of Man.
Hole has progressed through Team Bath’s Academy Development Centre (ADC) network, spending last season at the new Wiltshire hub based at Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Salisbury, and has represented the Blue & Gold at U19 and U21 level in NPL competition. She also plays for Western Park Blades Netball Club in Hampshire.
This will be a first experience with the England Roses Academy for 15-year-old goal shooter Williams, who trains with the Glastonbury ADC at Millfield School, and comes just three weeks after she impressed for Team Bath’s U15s at the School Games tournament. She also plays for Poole Netball Club in Dorset.
Natalie Roddy, Team Bath Netball Academy Director, said: “We are delighted for Molly. Her national career is going from strength to strength. She demonstrated what an excellent leader she is when she took on the co-captaincy role for our U21s last season.
“We are excited that she has the opportunity to build on her Roses U19s experience and lead the Roses U21s on the international stage at the Europe Netball Tournament in November.
“Ella is a really exciting talent. She plays with real maturity and has met each challenge with skills and determination. We could not be more pleased for Ella and believe this is the start of an exciting journey for her.”