The 2013 ANZ Championship teams have been named with the ANZ Championship releasing the full squads of all franchises this morning.
The NSW Swifts announced in October their full team to take the court in 2013: Read the full story
The ANZ Championship has confirmed that a record number of athletes are contracted to teams for the upcoming 2013 season with 127 players signing up to the ten trans-Tasman franchises.
The off-season featured unprecedented player movement with 49 changes to team lists, which includes the ten additional contracts on offer by New Zealand based franchises across the five teams as per the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
“The league has continued to evolve during the off-season with existing players chasing new opportunities and fresh faces bringing some youthful exuberance to the world’s best netball league,” said ANZ Championship General Manager Andy Crook.
“We’re delighted that the ANZ Championship is offering more opportunities to players than ever before; continuing our efforts to establish an environment for the best players to develop into world class athletes.”
Grand Finalists Melbourne Vixens, 2011 premiers Queensland Firebirds, Canterbury Tactix and Southern Steel have made the most significant changes to personnel with each team retaining just half of their lists from last year.
8 changes – Southern Steel
7 changes – Canterbury Tactix
6 changes – Melbourne Vixens, Queensland Firebirds, Northern Mystics
5 changes – Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic
4 changes – Adelaide Thunderbirds
3 changes – NSW Swifts, Central Pulse
2 changes – West Coast Fever
2013 ANZ Championship Preliminary Squads:
Player’s 2012 ANZ Championship team is in brackets where applicable; Highlighted player name indicates import
Returning from 2012: Emily Beaton, Erin Bell*, Carla Borrego, Rebecca Bulley, Renae Hallinan, Sharni Layton, Kate Shimmin, Natalie von Bertouch.
2013 signings: Laura Packard, Samantha Poolman*, Stephanie Puopolo, Leigh Waddington.
Returning from 2012: Madison Browne, Tegan Caldwell, Bianca Chatfield, Karyn Howarth, Geva Mentor.
2013 signings: Johannah Curran, Shannon Eagland (Firebirds), Erin Hoare, Elissa Macleod (Firebirds), Sharelle McMahon, Kate Moloney, Amy Steel (Firebirds).
NSW Swifts (check out the player profiles)
Returning from 2012: Carla Dwizoki, Mo’onia Gerrard*, Kimberlee Green*, April Letton*, Samantha May*, Sonia Mkoloma, Susan Pratley*, Vanessa Ware*, Amorette Wild*.
2013 signings: Paige Hadley*, Melissa Talent*, Ashlee Weir*.
Returning from 2012: Romelda Aiken, Laura Geitz, Natalie Medhurst, Jacinta Messer, Chelsea Pitman*, Ameliaranne Wells.
2013 signings: Laura Clemesha, Nicola Gray*, Demelza McCloud (Steel), Abbey McCulloch*, Kimberley Ravaillion*, Gabi Simpson*.
West Coast Fever
Returning from 2012: Caitlin Bassett, Eboni Beckford-Chambers, Shae Bolton, Ashleigh Brazill*, Catherine Cox*, Susan Fuhrmann, Andrea Gilmore, Chanel Gomes, Josie Janz, Verity Simmons*.
2013 signings: Kate Beveridge (Vixens), Lisa Millman.
Returning from 2012: Sophia Fenwick, Keshia Grant, Jo Harten, Bessie Manu, Anna Thompson, Jo Trip.
2013 signings: Jade Clarke (Mystics), Elizabeth Hayman, Kirsten Hurley, Julianna Naoupu (Mystics), Louise Thayer (Steel), Zoe Walker, Jane Watson.
Returning from 2012: Amber Bellringer, Katrina Grant, Paula Griffin, Joline Henry, Camilla Lees, Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit, Victoria Smith, Caitlin Thwaites, Daya Wiffen.
2013 signings: Claire Kersten, Liana Leota, Donna Wilkins (Steel).
Returning from 2012: Kayla Cullen, Anna Harrison, Charlotte Kight, Cathrine Latu, Bailey Mes, Jessica Moulds, Grace Rasmussen, Maria Tutaia.
2013 signings: Jessica Bourke, Julie Corletto (Vixens), Malia Paseka*, Erikana Pederson, Elisapeta Toeava, Lavinia Vaitohi.
Returning from 2012: Jodi Brown, Phillipa Finch, Shannon Francois, Wendy Frew, Storm Purvis, Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Courtney Tairi*.
2013 signings: Gina Crampton, Jhaniele Fowler, Phoenix Karaka, Stacey Peeters, Rachael Rasmussen (Mystics), Kate Shearer, Sulu Tone-Fitzpatrick (WBOP Magic).
Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
Returning from 2012: Leana de Bruin, Laura Langman, Erena Mikaere, Elias Shadrock, Jess Tuki, Irene van Dyk, Jess Waitapu, Khao Watts, Casey Williams.
2013 signings: Kendra Falefitu, Ellen Halpenny (Tactix), Nadia Loveday, Jaime Lee Price, Jodi Tod.
*denotes NSW junior