Parsons excited by Superleague challenge

Yasmin Parsons in action or England A
Yasmin Parsons in action or England A
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Yasmin Parsons is hoping the skills she has learned on the international stage will see her take the Superleague by storm.

The 21-year-old, from Fareham, has been named in Team Bath’s 16-strong squad for the competition, which kicks off at the end of the month.

The Somerset outfit, who have lifted the crown a record five times, will be gunning to regain the title they last won in 2013.

After a string of outings for England A in 2014, Parsons is aiming to put her added experience at the top level to the test.

And the former Crofton School student reckons those new skills will stand her in good stead as she pursues her dream of winning a full Test cap for her country.

The ex-Fareham Fireflys player said: ‘In June of last year, I got to represent England A in a test series against Malawi and we won, which was amazing.

‘We then had tests against England going into the Commonwealths and Australia, who came over before the Games commenced.

‘We also played against Wales – which was good competition.

‘It is a great way of focusing on personal targets and playing against different styles of play, which really helped all of us.

‘I was then selected to play against Scotland and Malawi (in December).

‘Again this was a great experience for me and it’s good for us to get used to the style of play.

‘We need more of a challenge if we are going to compete against the top two countries – Australia and New Zealand.

‘As a youngster developing, I am excited to use these opportunities to develop my own skills which will hopefully help me later on, when competing for a place in the national squad.’

But first up is the Superleague – and a visit to Team Northumbria on Saturday, January 31 will kick it all off for Parsons.

They will travel to the defending champions Manchester Thunder the following weekend before the first of four Sky-televised fixtures – a home clash against Surrey Storm on Monday, February 9.

Parsons knows there is plenty of work still to do to force her way into the starting line-up – particularly with the arrival of new faces such as Scotland star Claire Brownie and Wales talent Kyra Jones.

But Pamela Cookey, who has been with the club since the Superleague began in 2005, has left for Surrey Storm.

‘We have been training for the Superleague and I have been picked in the final long squad of 16,’ said the wing-attack.

‘The Team Bath side is completely different this time around.

‘We have got the likes of Claire Brownie and Kyra Jones joining our squad.

‘We have obviously lost Pam to Surrey but this season could be really exciting with players back like Sam Cook.

‘I’m looking forward to it. It should be exciting and surprising.

‘We will be going out as a different team but I definitely want to win the Superleague!’

Parsons has represented England at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level.

She has featured in Fast5 action for the senior England side but has yet to win her first official cap.

Parsons plays for Hucclecote in the Premier League.