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Oyesola makes Roses debut

Loughborough Lightning defender Vicki Oyesola made her senior England debut over the weekend, having graduated from the U21 ranks.

The Loughborough University student, who has just commenced the second year of her Mechanical Engineering course, played a key role as the Roses produced a perfect weekend, winning all four of their games in Cardiff to retain the Netball Europe Open title.

Named in the starting line-up in the opening clash against Scottish Thistles, Oyesola enjoyed a fine tournament, as the side also saw off Northern Ireland, Fiji and Wales across the three days to lift the trophy.

It has been an unforgettable twelve months for the Lightning defender, having topped the table in the Vitality Netball Superleague in her first season with the franchise, before going on to win the inaugural Fast5 tournament, a win worth £25,000, just last month.

Making the step up from England U21 level, Oyesola cited key learnings such as the importance of training hard but also the significance of nutrition, hydration and recovery, as they can have just as big an impact on performance. She also noted that the level and intensity of netball experienced playing at U21 level, especially against Australia and New Zealand, as well as playing in the Superleague have aided her development.

Still just 19 years of age, the Londoner clearly has a very bright future for both club and country.