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No net gains for England


GEVA MENTOR has spoken of her disappointment after England were knocked out of the netball World Championships in Singapore at the semi-final stage.

England were beaten by New Zealand who were subsequently beaten by Australia in the final. England found solace by claiming the bronze medal after beating Jamaica, but the powerful goal defence was still disappointed after reflecting on the tournament.

"Obviously we are very competitive and none of us like to lose, so there's a pretty sombre mood in the camp at the moment. We threw away too many balls, made errors and that's been our weakness. New Zealand have had a good tournament but so have we, so there are pretty mixed emotions going on in the team right now.”

Mentor came to prominence in 2001 when she became the youngest player to represent England at senior level, aged just 16.

She has been involved in the England set-up ever since playing at both the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games and at the 2003 World Championships.

In 2005 she was part of the England under-21 squad that used the competition as a warm-up for the World Youth Championships, and was a member of the TeamBath team that won the inaugural Superleague in 2006.

Mentor currently plays for the Melbourne Vixens in the ANZ Championship in Australia and New Zealand.

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