Netball NSW is proud to unveil the inaugural roster of the organisation’s new team, GIANTS Netball, which will contest the 2017 National Netball League.
The new Club – which will play five (5) games out of Sydney Olympic Park and a further two (2) in the Australian Capital Territory – is one of eight teams contesting the Australian-only competition, which commences in February 2017.
The other sides include the five existing ANZ Championship teams – Adelaide Thunderbirds, Melbourne Vixens, NSW Swifts, QLD Firebirds and West Coast Fever – and fellow new licensees Collingwood Magpies Netball Club and Sunshine Coast Lightning*.
Head Coach Julie Fitzgerald has assembled a formidable playing roster for the Club’s debut season, which features a blend of international representatives and exciting young talent with NSW ties.
NSW stalwarts Kimberlee Green and Susan Pettitt will join GIANTS for its inaugural season, alongside English internationals Jo Harten and Serena Guthrie, as well as recent Australian Diamond debutant Kristiana Manu’a.
They will be joined by reigning ANZ Championship Best New Talent recipient Kristina Brice – a Western Sydney junior – as well as 2016 20/U International representatives Toni Anderson (NSW representative) and Sydney-born Jamie-Lee Price from Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic (2013-2016).
Returning home to NSW will be Brice’s 2016 Adelaide Thunderbirds teammate and Newcastle native Sam Poolman, while former NSW Swift and State team Captain Taylah Davies finalises the 10-player line-up.
“I think we have created a perfectly balanced team, which will put us in a really strong position for the 2017 National Netball League,” Fitzgerald said.
“There are more than 250 international caps amongst the playing group, which also features some of netball’s rising stars. The potential of this team is incredibly exciting; I can’t wait for pre-season to get started to see what they can do together.”
“Not only have we assembled a formidable roster, but we have a strong representation of NSW athletes which for me was critical. Eighty percent of our 2017 roster has a direct link to NSW – whether they were born here, or have played their junior netball here – and I hope this inspires young NSW netballers that one day they too could play for the Club.
“NSW netball has a such strong, proud and rich history, and I’m looking forward to this team contributing to the next chapter. I am just thrilled to be home and have the chance to create a new Club from the ground up; surrounded by great players that I believe fans will want to watch with interest,” Fitzgerald concluded.
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2017 GIANTS Netball Memberships will go on-sale in November 2016.
Follow our new GIANTS Netball digital channels to ensure you stay up-to-date with information on the new NSW Club as it happens:
- Facebook | @GIANTSNetball
- Instagram | @GIANTSNetball
- Twitter | @GIANTS_Netball
- YouTube | @GIANTSNetballTV
*Collingwood Magpies and Sunshine Coast Lightning are licensed to Collingwood Football Club and Melbourne Storm Rugby League Football Club, respectively.
2017 GIANTS Netball
Toni ANDERSON, Kristina BRICE, Taylah DAVIES, Kimberlee GREEN, Serena GUTHRIE, Jo HARTEN, Kristiana MANU’A, Susan PETTITT, Samantha POOLMAN, Jamie-Lee PRICE. Head Coach: Julie Fitzgerald.