2008 Final Placing: 5th
With an average age of 21, the Netball NSW Blues may well be the surprise packets of the Australian Netball League. Boasting seven current NSWIS scholarship holders, this team is full of young talent who will go ahead in leaps in bounds when exposed to the higher level competition on a regular basis.
Leading the way for the Blues in the goal shooting department will be Breeana Powell. Powell got a taste of the action in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy in 2007 with the Hunter Jaegers and has since gone on to secure a spot in the NSWIS squad. A feature in NSW teams since 2006, Breeana is a skilful player who is deadly accurate in goals.
Kelly Pepper and Ashleigh Brazill will also form key components to the Blues line up. Both are experienced mid-court players who were rewarded for their hard work and impressive performances with selection in the 2008 NSWIS squad.
With youth and enthusiasm on their side, the Blues will be a team to watch as they progress through the competition.
Netball NSW Blues
Ashleigh Brazill (Wollondilly), Sally Cain, Joanne Day, Nicole Harrison (Eastwood Ryde), Narelle Eather (Hunter United), Alison Lovatt (St George), Ashlee Mann (Manly), Lauren Mellenbergh (Parramatta Auburn), Kelly Pepper (Hastings Valley), Breeana Powell, Lauren Russell (Sutherland), Nicole Styles (Penrith)
Coach: Jon Fletcher
Asst Coach: Rob Wright
Manager: Michelle Murphy
2008 Netball NSW Blues Players:
Name: Ashleigh Brazill Date of Birth: 29 Dec 1989 Height: 175cm Position/Role: WD Occupation: Life Guard Association: Wollondilly
Name: Ashlee Mann
Name: Joanne Day
Name: Lauren Mellenbergh
Name: Narelle Eather Date of Birth: 31 Jan 1976 Height: 164cm Position/Role: C/WA Occupation: PDHPE Lecturer Association: Hunter United
Name: Kelly Pepper
Name: Sally Cain
Name: Breanna Powell
Name: Nicole Harrison
Name: Lauren Russell
Name: Alison Lovatt
Name: Nicole Styles