Canberra GIANTS set for ANL debut

Netball NSW, in partnership with Netball ACT, are thrilled to announce the introduction of the Canberra GIANTS who will contest the 2017 Australian Netball League, starting February.

The new ANL team is the first joint venture between Netball NSW and Netball ACT, and will feature young athletes from both respective player pathways as well as coaching talent.

The Canberra GIANTS will be overseen by co-Head Coaches Maria Lynch (NSW) and Sharyn Hill (ACT), who will help guide the 14-strong playing group against some of the best and brightest upcoming netball talent from across the country.

As one of eight teams contesting the national domestic competition, the Canberra GIANTS will help support their Suncorp Super Netball ‘big sisters’ GIANTS Netball, and will include the four GIANTS Netball training partners Kiera Austin, Maddie Hay, Teigan O’Shannassy and Amy Parmenter in the roster.

The remaining 10 athletes selected come from both NSW and ACT player pathways, including former Trans-Tasman Netball League representatives Leah Price (nee Shoard) and Mel Tallent in the shooting circle.

Long-time Canberra Darters campaigners Georgia Clayden and Leigh Kalsbeek will also suit up for the new-look GIANTS ANL team along with 2016 teammate Natalie Eldridge. Defender Kara Styles will also be returning to the ANL stage for her fifth consecutive season after representing both the Netball NSW Blues (2013-14) and Netball NSW Waratahs (2015-16). Former Western Sting representative Sarah Tatam also also been selected about representing WA for four consecutive seasons at ANL level.

In further exciting news for the two organisations, three athletes will be making their ANL debuts in 2017 – Ashleigh Fong, Shannon O’Connor and Madeline Woods.

The athletes will continue to work with their locally based coach during pre-season, with the entire squad coming together at different times ahead of Round 1.

Co-Head Coach Maria Lynch said the team were really embracing the opportunity of being the inaugural Canberra GIANTS squad, and were working hard towards a big debut ANL season.

“As the inaugural Canberra GIANTS, we have been afforded a wonderful opportunity to create a strong Club Culture in our debut season and it’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly,” Lynch said.

“Sharyn and I have spoken in great detail the importance of setting the bar – whether it be our commitment to training, to how the group engages with one another and also the netball community. This is a unique opportunity that we have found ourselves in, and we endeavour to make both NSW and ACT proud.

“That said, our end goal is the same – to produce high-quality, contested netball and to go out on court and represent our States with pride. Looking at our opposition the 2017 season is going to be tough, but both Sharyn and I believe we have the personnel to compete strongly.

“With four weeks to go until our opening game there is still plenty of work to be done, but the team is eager to get the season underway, and we hope that both the ACT and NSW communities will be with us as we look to make an impact in our inaugural year.”

Netball ACT General Manager Adam Horner said the Canberra GIANTS provides an important pathway for local players to reach their potential.

“To have the opportunity to play against high quality players in a leading domestic competition is a great foundation for our young players to build their senior netball careers on,” Horner said.

“It also provides players with an opportunity to push their future claims to play for GIANTS Netball in the new Suncorp Super Netball competition.”

“We’re really excited by the opportunity that this new alliance with Netball NSW will bring to netball here in the ACT.”

Canberra GIANTS Fixture & Tickets Information
Netball Australia, who owns the Australian Netball League, is yet to announce the 2017 season fixture. Once this information is confirmed, Netball NSW and Netball ACT will share this news with their respective communities.

Netball NSW and Netball ACT however are excited to confirm the Canberra GIANTS will play at home in correlation with GIANTS Netball Round 5 fixture at AIS Arena on Sunday 19 March. Fans will get access to both the Canberra GIANTS and GIANTS Netball game (double header) – ticket information will be communicated in the coming weeks.

There are also fantastic GIANTS Netball Foundation Memberships available, including an exclusive ACT Membership for our Canberra Family >>>

About the Australian Netball League
Founded in 2008 with the introduction of the former Trans-Tasman Netball League, the Australian Netball League (ANL) gives netball fans around the country the chance to see some of the country’s best young talent in action.

For the players, it is a fantastic opportunity to test their skills in a competition that bridges the gap between State League competitions and Suncorp Super Netball.

The under-pinning competition is vital to the Netball Australia national pathway, and not only provides players with an opportunity to develop their knowledge and experience but also coaches, umpires and officials.

The 2017 ANL competition will be contested by eight teams from every State and Territory, and will see each ANL team directly aligned with a corresponding Suncorp Super Netball franchise:

ANL Team Suncorp Super Netball Franchise
Canberra GIANTS GIANTS Netball
Netball NSW Waratahs NSW Swifts
QLD Fusion QLD Firebirds
Southern Force Adelaide Thunderbirds
Tassie Magpies Magpies Netball
Territory Storm Sunshine Coast Lightning
Victorian Fury Melbourne Vixens
Western Sting West Coast Fever


2017 Canberra GIANTS
Ashleigh FONG
Maddie HAY*
Shannon O’CONNOR
Madeline WOODS
Head Coaches: Sharyn Hill & Maria Lynch
Team Manager: Nicole Bowles
*GIANTS Netball Training Partner