Parsons ready to take world stage by storm

Yasmin Parsons is ready to impress on the world stage
Yasmin Parsons is ready to impress on the world stage
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Yasmin Parsons is ready to impress as she takes her big shot at international glory.

The talented netball ace, 20, will be on court for England tonight in their opening match of the World Youth Championships (7.30pm).

They take on the Republic of Ireland at the fantastic new Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

England are setting their sights on progressing through to the latter stages of the prestigious netball tournament.

If all goes to plan they could take on Australia in the last four for a place in the final.

Parsons, from Fareham, can’t wait to get started.

She will play wing-attack or centre and is hoping a successful tournament could lead to a senior call-up for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

‘This is a big thing for me,’ said Parsons.

‘I’ve represented the seniors but this tournament is my big international stage.

‘The World Youth Championships is really important. It’s so exciting.

‘Anything is possible and it’s definitely an aim of mine to be selected for the Commonwealth Games.

‘A lot of the seniors have still got years in there but for the players in our team it is important to try our hardest to push them.

‘We’ve been working hard for this tournament for four years and we don’t want to let our country down.’

The matches come thick and fast for England.

After tonight they play again tomorrow against Singapore (5.15pm).

Then on Sunday Parsons & Co face Papua New Guinea (1.15pm).

Their final pool match is on Tuesday when they take on Barbados (1.15pm).

Parsons believes England will be firm favourites to progress.

She said: ‘The countries we have got in our pool aren’t as competitive, or as strong, as the likes of South Africa, Jamaica, Australia and New Zealand.

‘It’s a test for us to maintain our intensity and hard work leading into the harder matches.

‘We need to win those games and then, if we go through, we would play a quarter-final against South Africa who should win their group.

‘If we get through that we would probably play a semi-final against Australia – with New Zealand and Jamaica in the other semi-final.’

There will be a big ‘home’ crowd in Scotland to cheer on England.

Parsons is looking forward to an early taste of what it could be like for the senior side next year.

She said: ‘We have trained on the court and the venue is amazing.

‘We will have our families and friends there – so it will be a good crowd.

‘My family are coming and it will be great for them to get to watch me. It will be nice.

‘We are the first sport to test the Emirates Arena.

‘It really is a great opportunity for us.’

There are 20 countries competing with Scotland taking on the Cayman Islands in the first match last night.