INF world ranking: 8
World Cups played: 11
Highest World Cup finish: 7
Northern Ireland, who are ranked eighth in the world, claimed their highest World Cup finishing position – seventh – at the 1983 World Cup in Singapore. The side qualified for Liverpool alongside Scotland at the Regional Qualifier–Europe event in January 2018. Northern Ireland will make their twelfth appearance at netball’s pinnacle event when they land in Liverpool this July.
Ones to watch
Captain of the Northern Ireland netball team, Caroline O’Hanlon is no stranger to the ferocity of the international netball stage, having already competed at two World Cups in 2003 and 2011. The centre and wing attack also competes for Manchester Thunder in the Vitality Netball Superleague and in April this year won Vitality Player of the Month. Where most players would find the time balancing work, training and competing in one sport enough to contend with, O’Hanlon adds another level of complexity to her schedule playing professional Gaelic football for Armagh Ladies.
Teacher by day, elite sportswoman in her ‘spare time,’ Neamh Woods is another sporting powerhouse representing Northern Ireland at not one but two sports. On the court the 30-year-old plays wing attack and has plenty of experience battling the world’s best, having represented Northern Ireland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. When Woods isn’t catching a netball on the court, she is kicking a ball on the pitch as she competes for Gaelic football team Drumragh Sarsfields.