Defender Michaela Sokolich-Beatson of Arkles Bay went to England with the Silver Ferns Netball World Cup team on July 3 but will return home following last week’s announcement that Katrina Rore was fit to play.
Michaela, 22, travelled with the team as injury cover for Katrina, after replacing her in the recent Cadbury Netball series.
Head coach Noeline Taurua says Michaela has been a selfless and outstanding contributor to the team. “She has delivered so much both on and off the court, we wish her safe travels home and thank her for the important part she has played in this team. The opportunity to work with the next generation of Silver Fern will not go astray,” she says.
Michaela made her debut with the Silver Ferns early last year and was included in last year’s Commonwealth Games team. She was first chosen for the Mystics in 2016 and is now in her fourth year with that team.
She also captained the winning NZ U21 team to the Netball World Youth Cup title in Botswana in 2017.
The Netball World Cup runs from July 12-21 in Liverpool.