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Networking/Rhwydweithio: Rachel Southall (Arfon Ladies)

Rachel Southall (holding ball) is a top talent in North Wales netball

Full name

Rachel Kimberley Southall

Date of Birth

28.02.82

Team

Arfon Ladies

Position

Rachel celebrates another award

Mainly play ‘C’ but can play elsewhere if we are struggling

Representative netball played

Played in school, university, county from age 11 all the way up to U21, recently played senior NWW

Strengths

I will go for every potential interception and can drive into space with some speed

Weakness

Man-on-Man marking I tend to drop off my player as we move up court

Most talented team-mate

Rachel (third from right – back row) with the all-conquering Arfon Ladies

In Arfon ladies I don’t think any player is more talented than another. I think that everyone brings their own unique skills and strengths to the game. If you were to ask who I like to watch playing on court I would say Kath Caine (GA/GS) and Debbie Jones (GD/GK)
Kath has not long returned and it is like she has never been away! Her consistency and movement is fantastic, she has the ability to read and control the game really well, which when you are on the side watching is pretty awesome.
Debbie Jones: so focused and committed, she is so tight on her players and can read the game well, the amount of height she gets on a jump for an interception is great and tips in the circle is fantastic. I love watching her in action.

Best game played in

We have played in some really close games this season. I always enjoy playing against Dyffryn Ladies.

Best opponent faced

There are so many fantastic C players that have been tough to play against. Greta Fflur (Dyffryn Ladies) always puts immense pressure on my movement down court.

Netball idols

Laura Langman takes a pass during the 2019 Constellation Cup match between the New Zealand Silver Ferns and the Australia Diamonds at Spark Arena on October 16, 2019 in Auckland. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Without a doubt would have to be Laura Langman (Silver Ferns). She is fierce in attack with her fast drives but can continuously defend up and down court. Amazing🤗

Other sports you participate in

I have always been a keen runner. I have represented Wales in cross-country and North West in athletics. I was lucky enough to compete for Anglesey in the Island games. I don’t run competitively now but enjoy going out for a run or a Fartlek session with my dog.

Ambitions in netball

My ambition in netball is to continue playing for as long as I can and continue to develop my skills and fitness on court.

Favourite hobbies/pastimes

I just love spending time with my family, I have 3 children so we are always super busy.

Occupation

Teacher of PE and assistant WBQ Coordinator at YJB

Best country visited

Portugal, the old town is lovely and the atmosphere is always amazing.

Are you a regular gym user

I have recently bought a treadmill so I never go to the gym, will try and use treadmill a couple of times a week.

Favourite season of the year

Autumn, I love the crisp mornings and the colours that Autumn brings.

What car do you drive?

VW Touran (7 seater) ideal for keeping up with the hectic social lives of the children.

Favourite food

Fresh fish/ fresh fish cakes. At the moment am loving Salmon and root vegetables fish cakes on a bed of rice and smashed avocado. Also love a Sirloin Steak with chunky chips.

Favourite drink

Bottle of Budweiser/ Peroni, really enjoy J2O apple and raspberry Spritz with a lot of ice.

Best musical artist/band

Singer Dua Lipa poses during a photo shoot at the QT Hotel in Sydney, New South Wales. (Photo by Rohan Kelly/Newspix/Getty Images)

Dua Lipa is one of my favourite singers; she always releases energetic music and I like that.

Hopes for the world

I really do wish that everyone is treated with kindness and positivity. It would be great if people did not hide behind social media to insult or put people down.

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