Samsung Premier League Attracts Scottish Captain

Australian netball is the best in the world – as our elite players show year after year with their successes and their drive to improve their performance.

Behind the careers of those elite and world-dominating players, are the player pathways that help to train and build athletes that can take on the world.

Netball NSW’s elite player pathway is one of the best, so it’s no surprise that it has attracted Scotland’s international Captain Hayley Mulheron to compete in the Samsung Premier League with GWS Fury.

Hayley was in Australia last year to represent the Scottish Thistles in the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015. No newcomer to international competition, Hayley has 95 international caps and has played for Scotland for 13 years. However, the standard of netball she saw at Sydney Olympic Park inspired her to return to Sydney, to enter the elite pathway system – with the ultimate goal to play in the ANZ Championship.

“I wanted to experience training like the Australian team, because I had seen what an elite athlete is like here,” she says. “And at 29 years old, it is now or never.”

Hayley was offered contracts in New Zealand and with the English Super League but ultimately decided to come to Australia – and NSW – to work on her game.

“I weighed up the pros and cons and chose Australia – it is number one in the world with a great player pathway to the ANZ Championship. And from my previous experience at Sydney Olympic Park, I know how friendly everyone is!”

Entering the Samsung Premier League pre-season has been a great experience for Hayley.

“The standard is very high, much higher than Scotland. It is a great competition and it’s great to see so many girls on almost every court. It shows why netball is the number one sport in Australia. Seeing the level of competition and the standard is just awesome.”
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Hayley and her GWS Fury Open side are currently playing in a four week pre-season competition at Netball Central on Wednesday evenings, with two rounds left to play on Wednesday 16 & 23 March 2016.