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Commonwealth Games: Eboni Usoro-Brown retires from netball | Netball News

Eboni Usoro-Brown has announced his decision to step away from netball after the end of the competition in Birmingham. England will face New Zealand in the bronze medal match on Sunday afternoon.The defender has earned 116 caps so far

Last updated: 07/08/22 1:12pm

The defender has announced his retirement from the sport after the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Eboni Usoro-Brown has announced his retirement from all forms of elite-level netball following the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Usoro-Brown gave birth to a daughter, Savannah, in August 2020. She returned to the sport for the latest domestic and international seasons with the goal of making a team for the Commonwealth Games.

The defender traveled to Australia to play for the Firebirds in Queensland, giving him the best possible chance and finishing his career with England’s bronze medal match against New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games.

“Representing England Netball in a career that has spanned over 17 years is one of my greatest honors,” Usoro Brown said.

“It was a dream of mine to play for the England national team when I was younger. I have won 116 caps and represented the Roses in seven major tournaments, being part of the team that made history with the gold medal in 2018. I am proud to be standing here today emphasizing that I am a Commonwealth Games and England Netball Hall of Famer.

“Being Rose is a huge privilege that I never took for granted. Every time I appeared in a red dress, I never wanted it to be my last.” she continued.

Eboni Usoro-Brown wanted to return to international courts after the birth of her daughter and encourage others to do the same (Image credit: Morgan Harlow)

Eboni Usoro-Brown wanted to return to international courts after the birth of her daughter and encourage others to do the same (Image credit: Morgan Harlow)

“After giving birth to Savannah in 2020, one of my goals was to build the Commonwealth Games team. Over the past 10 days, my daughter has been sitting in the crowd watching her mother continue to make her dreams come true in the world. It was incredibly special to watch the stage.

“But for this reason, in my own words, I have decided to retire in order to have more time to focus fully on my young family and my career as a lawyer.

“My hope is that my journey will lead to future Roses, girls and women, that with a strong determination, a support network, and an unwavering belief in one’s abilities, absolutely anything is possible, and a mother and a double. It is to inspire them to know that it is even possible to have a successful career.

During his domestic netball career in England, Usoro-Brown played twice for Team Bath Netball, winning four Vitality Netball Superleague titles (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010) before Captained Blue and Gold for 6 seasons from 2016 to 2021.

She has also played abroad for West Coast Fever, the Adelaide Thunderbirds and most recently the Firebirds.

Usoro Brown was inducted into the England Netball Hall of Fame in December 2020 and has spoken candidly about her desire to inspire other mothers in the sport since giving birth to her daughter.