In 2017, Netball NSW announced a strategic alliance with Netball ACT with the introduction of the Canberra GIANTS; the first joint venture between the two Member Organisations, which would contest the Australian Netball League.

The team consists of players from both respective development pathways and is aligned with Suncorp Super Netball Franchise, GIANTS Netball; providing a great opportunity for both athletes and officials to showcase their netball talents on the national stage.

After finishing the regular season in second place, the Canberra GIANTS headed to Perth’s State Netball Centre to contest the Finals Series. Coming up against hosts (and eventual 2017 Premiers) Western Sting in the Semi Finals, the GIANTS enjoyed a great start before their opponents rallied at half-time. With the scoreboard locked at 58 goals apiece at the end of 60 minutes, the game went into Extra Time. With their home crowd behind them, the Sting carried momentum to finish six-goal victors in a thrilling contest – sending the GIANTS into the third-place play-off against QLD Fusion.

For the second time in a matter of days the GIANTS featured in an Extra Time thriller; only this time, the GIANTS emerged victorious. With the game locked at 54-all at the end of regular time, the GIANTS learned from their Semi Final experience to post a seven goal winning margin – GIANTS Netball Training Partner Kiera Austin starring with 45 goals to her name at 87 percent accuracy.

Canberra GIANTS Team

Ashleigh Fong
Georgia Clayden
Kara Styles
Leah Price
Leigh Kalsbeek
Madeline Woods
Melissa Tallent
Natalie Eldridge
Sarah Tatam
Shannon O’Connor
Amy Parmenter* – co-Captain
Kiera Austin*
Maddie Hay* – co-Captain
Teigan O’Shannassy*
Head Coach: Sharyn Hill
Head Coach: Maria Lynch
Manager: Nicole Bowles
Physiotherapist: Gemma Vale
Performance Analyst: Krystle Tate
*GIANTS Netball Training Partner

2017 Canberra GIANTS Results

Rd Match Venue W-L-D
1 Canberra GIANTS 50 d by NNSW Waratahs 58 SOPSC, NSW 0-1-0
Canberra GIANTS 46 d NNSW Waratahs 45 GNC, NSW 1-1-0
2 Canberra GIANTS 48 d by Western Sting 50 GNC, NSW 1-2-0
Canberra GIANTS 56 d Western Sting 49 GNC, NSW 2-2-0
3 Tassie Magpies 29 d by Canberra GIANTS 52 Hisense Arena, VIC 3-2-0
Tassie Magpies 52 d by Canberra GIANTS 72 SNHC, VIC 4-2-0
4 Territory Storm 36 d by Canberra GIANTS 57 USC, QLD 5-2-0
Territory Storm 29 d by Canberra GIANTS 66 USC, QLD 6-2-0
5 Canberra GIANTS 60 d Southern Force 49 SANC, ACT 7-2-0
Canberra GIANTS 54 d by Southern Force 55 AIS Arena, ACT 7-3-0
6 Victorian Fury 44 d by Canberra GIANTS 51 Hisense Arena, VIC 8-3-0
Victorian Fury 70 d Canberra GIANTS 41 SNHC, VIC 8-4-0
7 Canberra GIANTS 54 d QLD Fusion 43 GNC, NSW 9-4-0
Canberra GIANTS 54 d QLD Fusion 47 GNC, NSW 10-4-0
SF Canberra GIANTS 66 d by Western Sting 72 (ET) SNC, WA 10-5-0
PF QLD Fusion 64 d by Canberra GIANTS 71 (ET) SNC, WA 11-5-0