Netball Australia today announced the 2013 Australian Fast5 Team to contest the Fast5 Netball World Series in New Zealand, including a number of NSW athletes.
2013 NSW Swifts Carla Dziwoki, Paige Hadley and Susan Pratley will be joined by 2014 Swifts teammate Gretel Tippet, as well as NSW junior representatives Ashleigh Brazill and Gabi Simpson in the 10-player team to contest the tournament in Auckland from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 November.
Also included in the national team are Hadley’s Australian 21/U teammates Courtney Bruce and Jo Weston, as well as experienced campaigners Tegan Caldwell and Demelza McCloud.
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The Australian Fast5 team will be coached by former West Coast Fever coach Jane Searle, who also played 15 Tests for Australia.
Searle said she’s looking forward to seeing how the Australian 21/U players perform at the next level.
“It’s the first time they would have been up against the New Zealand Silver Ferns and England, so it will be a great test for them,” Searle said.
“But they will have gained a lot of experience from being involved in the upcoming World Youth Netball Championships and we’re confident they can maintain that momentum going into the Fast5 World Series.”
Tippett and Weston are the only members of the team not to have played at ANZ Championship level. Weston was a replacement player with the Melbourne Vixens in 2012 and Tippett, who has signed with the NSW Swifts for 2014, filled a similar role with the Mission Queensland Firebirds this season.
Selectors have chosen a good blend of youth and experience in the side and Searle said the Fast5 World Series was an opportunity to push their claims for future Diamonds selection.
“I think we’ve got a really exciting team,” Searle said.
“Our experienced players have got an eye on next year’s Commonwealth Games as well as the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney, so they are keen to show they’re capable of learning to play a different style of netball, experimenting with their games and still wanting to be the best.
“We’ve also got the up-and-coming future of Australian netball. We’ve gone with a quick side that can move the ball fast and still have good skills and so I’m excited to be part of the Fast5 World Series. The format lends itself to experimentation and creative plays.”
Adelaide Thunderbirds championship-winning coach Jane Woodlands-Thompson will be an assistant coach with the team and Searle is looking forward to working with her at International level.
“We’ve had some great talks already discussing strategy and we’re both keen to work together and do well with the Fast5 team,” Searle said.
“We’re looking forward to sharing ideas and strategies.”
2013 Australian Fast5 Team
Ashleigh Brazill – NSW / West Coast Fever
Courtney Bruce – WA / West Coast Fever
Tegan Caldwell – VIC / Melbourne Vixens
Carla Dziwoki – SA / NSW Swifts
Paige Hadley – NSW / NSW Swifts
Demelza McCloud – VIC / Queensland Firebirds
Susan Pratley – NSW / NSW Swifts
Gabi Simpson – NSW / Queensland Firebirds
Gretel Tippet – QLD / NSW Swifts
Jo Weston – VIC