Excitement continues to build for the upcoming netball season, with Netball Australia releasing the 2014 Australian Netball League draw.
The under-pinning domestic competition for the ANZ Championship, the Australian Netball League (ANL) sees teams representing each State and Territory contest a round robin competition over seven weeks before the top four sides meet in Melbourne to decide to 2014 Premiers.
Netball NSW will host Week 2 fixtures at the Anne Clark Centre this year, featuring our neighbouring rivals the Canberra Darters and southern island foes the Tassie Spirit on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July.
NSW netball fans will once again have the opportunity to see their two home teams lock horns in the NSW Derby on Wednesday 13 August at the Anne Clark Centre, so make sure you circle that date to catch some home-grown NSW talent on show!
Despite being involved with the ANL format since its induction in 2008, this year will see Keelan take on the role of Head Coach for the first time – something the long-standing coach is thrilled about.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be Head Coach of the Netball NSW Waratahs. It’s a great competition, particularly for New South Wales as we have such a great depth of talent in our system,” Keelan said.
“The ANL offers a massive challenge to players as it comes at the backend of the ANZ Championship and final weeks of DOOLEYS State League competition. Players have to balance their heavy load contesting of triple headers, training, as well as the added travel week-in, week-out.”
“However ANL gives players to opportunity to put their talents on display to a national audience, with the potential of securing an ANZ Championship contract. We’ve seen many players over the years graduate to ANZ level on the back of impressive performances at ANL, and I’m sure many athletes see this as a major stepping stone into the biggest domestic competition in the world,” Keelan concluded.
Keelan and her Netball NSW Blues counterpart Anderson will be keeping a close eye on this year’s DOOLEYS State League competition as they scout for potential athletes to include in their 2014 rosters.
“I come from and am very passionate about grassroots netball, so it will be very easy for me to be out and watching the DOOLEYS State League and Waratah Cup,” Keelan said.
More information on tickets for Netball NSW hosted ANL games will be announced closer to the competition commencement date, so keep your eyes on www.netballnsw.com.