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match preview Melbourne Vixens v Adelaide Thunderbirds Sunday, 31 march, Hisense Arena, 12.10pm World class netball returns to Hisense Arena this weekend when the Melbourne Vixens host the Adelaide Thunderbirds as Round 2 action heats up in the ANZ Championship. It was a week of highs for both teams with the Vixens coming off a strong win against the Northern Mystics in Auckland, pushing out the lead in the final term to break free for a 60-46 goal victory. The highlight of the match for fans was certainly the second half battle between former Vixens teammates and Australian Diamonds pairing Sharelle McMahon and Julie Corletto. Both players were the talk of the netball town during the off season, with the return of McMahon to elite netball; a great achievement for the already successful player and a boost for the sport in general. The Thunderbirds were a well-oiled machine against a now dangerous Haier Pulse franchise and were able to get the job done in Adelaide with a 49-42 goal win over the Wellington based side.

Fans are in for an exceptional contest between these two classy outfits with history on the Vixens side. Since the inception of the competition in 2008, the Melbourne franchise has posted 7 wins out of 10 when these sides have faced off in regular season matches. Look out for former Vixen Renae Hallinan lining up in the Thunderbirds wing defence position against Madison Browne, who seems to have maintained her exceptional form if the first round was anything to go on. Australian captain Natalie von Bertouch will tough it out against Vixen Elissa Macleod in the mid court, whilst Geva Mentor and Bianca Chatfield will have their work cut out in defence against a quality Thunderbirds shooting lineup that boasts Jamaican Carla Borrego and Diamond Erin Bell. No doubt the team will be hoping the mighty Vixens crowd will help them get over the line and consolidate after a strong opening round of netball!

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adelaide thunderbirds Location: Adelaide, SA Home Stadium: Netball SA Stadium Colours: Pink, White Coach: Jane Woodlands-Thompson Assistant Coach: Judy Greenwood

Team Manager: Catherine Foreman Captain: Natalie Von Bertouch

Emily Beaton

Erin bell

Carla Borrego

Rebecca bulley

Renae hallinan

sharni layton

laura packard

WA, C

GA, WA, GS

GS, GA

GD, GK

WD, C

GK, GD, WD

GS, WA

Jane woodlandsThompson

samantha poolman

stephanie Puopolo

kate shimmin

natalie von bertouch

leigh waddington

Head Coach

GK, GD

GA, GS

GK, GD

C, WD

C, WD, WA

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PLAYER

DOB

HEIGHT

POSITION/S

2012 Team

Emily Beaton

09/04/87

1.80m

WA, C

Thunderbirds

Erin Bell

30/04/87

1.78m

GA, WA, GS

Thunderbirds

Carla Borrego

11/11/83

1.93m

GS, GA

Thunderbirds

Rebecca Bully

18/08/82

1.86m

GD, GK

Thunderbirds

Renae Hallinan

18/07/86

1.78m

WD, C

Thunderbirds

Sharni Layton

06/01/88

1.87m

GK, GD, WD

Thunderbirds

Laura Packard

14/03/91

1.82m

GS, GA

Samantha Poolman

04/03/91

1.89m

GK, GD

Stephanie Puopolo

12/11/91

1.81m

GA, GS

Kate Shimmin

13/02/92

1.86m

GK, GD

Thunderbirds

Natalie von Bertouch

16/12/82

1.75m

C, WD

Thunderbirds

Leigh Waddington

13/12/84

1.66m

C, WD, WA

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melbourne vixens Location: Melbourne, Victoria Home Stadium: Hisense Arena Colours: Navy, Crimson & Green Premier Partner: Jason Bedding Coach: Simone McKinnis Assistant Coach: Eloise Southby-Halbish

Team Manager: Donna Monteath Captain: Bianca Chatfield

madison browne

tegan caldwell

bianca chatfield

johannah curran

shannon eagland

erin hoare

karyn howarth

WA, C

GA, GS

WD, GK, GD

GD, WD

WD, GD, C

GS, GA

GS, GA

simone mckinnis

elissa macleod

sharelle mcmahon

geva mentor

kate moloney

amy steel

Coach

C, WD, WA

GA, GS

GK, GD, WD

C, WD

GK, GD, WD

PLAYER

DOB

HEIGHT

POSITION/S

2012 Team

Madison Browne

05/01/88

1.68m

WA, C

Vixens

Tegan Caldwell

03/09/88

1.75m

GA, GS

Vixens

Bianca Chatfield

02/04/82

1.89m

WD, GK, GD

Vixens

Johannah Curran

09/12/86

1.83m

GD, WD

Shannon Eagland

16/05/90

1.82m

GD, WD, C

Firebirds

Erin Hoare

17/06/89

1.93m

GS, GA

Karyn Howarth

28/07/86

1.92m

GS, GA

Vixens

Elissa Macleod

19/03/84

1.73m

C, WD, WA

Firebirds

Sharelle McMahon

12/08/77

1.77m

GA, GS

Geva Mentor (UK)

17/09/84

1.88m

GK, GD, WD

Vixens

Kate Moloney

08/01/93

1.76m

C, WD

Amy Steel

07/04/89

1.90m

GD, GK, WC

Firebirds

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Ready for Action Ask anyone about netball and they know the name Sharelle McMahon. A legend of the game, she has a reputation for fierce competitiveness, extraordinary athletic ability, dynamic speed and poise under the post second to none.

Australia to an eventual World Championship

A pioneer of the modern game, McMahon has

McMahon made a triumphant return to elite

done it all.

netball last Monday night in Auckland when

As the former captain of the Australian

she took the goal attack bib in the third quar-

Diamonds, a Commonwealth Games gold

ter against the Northern Mystics, lining up

medallist, a World Champion, and an ANZ

against former teammate and friend

Championship premiership player with the

Julie Corletto.

Melbourne Vixens, she is one of the greatest

What a mouthwatering match up for the

players in recent years.

netball community to see in action. Notch-

It was Round 8, 2011 against the Queensland

ing up 10 goals from 14 attempts, McMahon

Firebirds when she suffered an Achilles ten-

joined the game off the bench - something

don rupture that ruled her out of captaining

she would not be familiar with - but picked

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win in Singapore later that year and it has been a long road back. “I’m nervous and excited when that opportunity comes along but I am ready for it and going to give it my all,” she said.


up where the game left off and got involved

of people,” she said.

straight from the get go. There is no denying

McMahon is stepping back into the game

that with the return of McMahon to the ANZ

because of the belief she has in her team to

Championship, she will have the entire net-

share in victory once more and depart the

ball fraternity watching her every move.

game on her terms.

Will she be the Sharelle of old? The answer

“Last year from outside of the group there

she says is a simple no.

wasn’t a lot of expectation on what the girls

“I’m not going to be the same athlete I was

could achieve but within the

two years ago. Every year that I have played

group there was really

netball I have tried to develop and grow into a

strong belief…this year is

better player and this year will be no different.”

a different feeling

“As I was going through the rehab for my

because people are

achilles I certainly wanted to get back out

watching out for this

there on court and having the injury as the

group and on paper

end point of my career didn’t seem to sit very

we do have a very

well for me and then having Xavier threw

strong line up.”

another thing into the mix.”

“We have a great

McMahon is the first Australian ANZ

feeling within the group,

Championship player to return to the compe-

it’s incredibly supportive

tition post-pregnancy after giving birth to her

across the board and

son in August last year. Juggling mother-

what I have loved is that

hood, netball and work during the season,

everyone really pushes

McMahon is careful to make sure she has

each other to get

enough time to dedicate to everyone.

better…I always have

“Life is very different…in years gone by I only had myself to organise and get ready and things were much less complicated. It was a decision I didn’t make lightly to come back but I am committed to the team and our goals.”

expectations of myself and this group has high expectations and standards for everyone involved.”

“When I play for the Vixens there are always some nerves mixed in there...it’s a huge privilege and responsibility when you wear the uniform and something that I have a lot of pride in because I am representing a lot

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Enter now for ANZ Junior Club of the Year! Win a trip to the ANZ Championship Grand Final. At ANZ, we don’t just support elite netball. During the 2013 ANZ Championship, we will be providing weekly cash and equipment grants to selected junior netball clubs in communities around Australia. Nominate a junior netball club in the ANZ Junior Club of the Year promotion and the club could receive a cash and equipment grant, tickets to attend an ANZ Championship match in their home State and the chance to play on court at quarter time. One club will be selected as the 2013 ANZ Junior Club of the Year and win a trip to the ANZ Championship Grand Final to present the Championship medals. For full terms and details and to enter, visit anznetball.com ANZ Netball Ambassador Sharelle McMahon

The ANZ Junior Club of the Year Promotion commences at 11am on 13 March 2013 and closes at 12.01am on 3 June 2013. To enter, entrants must nominate an eligible Junior Netball Club by completing an online nomination form and provide details, in 200 words or less, on why their nominated club should be selected as a recipient of an ANZ ‘Junior Club of the Year’ grant. The Promoter is Australia and New Zealand Bankingi n Group (ABN 357 522) 833 Collins Street, Docklands Vic 3008. Full terms and conditions and details of prizes t h eLimited de n(‘ANZ’) | ma rc11 h 005 2013 can be found on anznetball.com. ANZ’s colour blue is a trade mark of ANZ. 03/13 14464

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Autographs Bianca

madison

eLISSA

gEVA

chatfield

mAClEOD

SHARELLE

mCmAHON

browne

MENTOR

TEGAN

cALDWELL

KARYN

AMY

Johannah

erin

HOWARTH

curran

kate

moloney

STEEL

hoare

shannon

eagland

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New Kids on the block

Herald Sun, Photographer: Wayne Ludbey

The Melbourne Vixens are a new look team, there is no denying it.

fill the shoes of retired centre Chelsey Tregear,

After inching so close towards championship

Shannon Eagland will both be vying for defen-

success last year, only five of those Vixens

sive positions alongside Bianca Chatfield and

players remain in the 2013 team and the rest

Geva Mentor.

have filtered into the side to form an all

After making a name for herself with the West

Victorian line up, with the exception of import

Coast Fever, Johannah Curran has slotted

Geva Mentor.

back into the Vixens after a year away from the

A Victorian resurgence will headline the

game.

Melbourne Vixens 2013 ANZ Championship

Two players of particular interest are the rook-

campaign with the return of the experienced

ies of the team. Both signed to bring added

gaoler Sharelle McMahon to her beloved side,

depth, Erin Hoare and Kate Moloney now have

re-joining the group after undergoing rehabili-

the opportunity to learn from some of the best

tation to repair a ruptured Achilles and giving

in the game.

birth to her first son, Xavier in August last year.

Standing at 193cm, Hoare has climbed the

Welcomed home after time with the Queens-

ranks at an incredible pace when she was

land Firebirds, mid courter Elissa Macleod will

selected for the 2012 Victorian Fury team after

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whilst her teammates Amy Steel and


an impressive season with Geelong Cougars in

I have learnt from the beginning and that has

the Victorian Netball League.

become apparent in everything is just hard

“Coming into a new side you want to be as

work…it is always about working hard for each

prepared as you can be and work on every-

other, working hard for yourself, working hard

thing possible. My focus has been across the

for the coaches and that mentality is just fan-

board to build up all of my skills.”

tastic to have in a team.”

Hoare had her first taste of ANZ Championship

Nineteen year old Kate Moloney has enjoyed

level netball in front of a home crowd at the

a similar rise through the Victorian netball

Melbourne Vixens Summer Challenge, saying

pathway after a standout year for the Fury in

“I like to be challenged so stepping out on

the Australian Netball League.

court was a great opportunity with the faster

A Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship

pace, heightened intensity and bigger bodies.”

holder and Under 21 Australian representative,

“I admire my teammates and I think that they are obviously amazing athletes but also such intelligent women on the court…one thing that I have learnt from the beginning and that has become apparent in everything is just hard work…” Erin Hoare – GS

Moloney has the versatility to play centre, wing attack and wing defence, allowing Vixens coach Simone McKinnis to try several new combinations with Macleod and Australian Diamonds wing attack Madison Browne. Browne is the only returning player to the Vixens mid court structure from the ANZ Championship season gone, with Moloney recognising the challenges ahead in elite netball.

As for working with her teammate and child-

“I am very excited to be playing for the Vixens

hood idol in McMahon, things could not get

in 2013. To be given the opportunity to step up

any better for the youngster who is studying

from the Australian Netball League to the ANZ

her PhD in adolescent psychology in her spare

Championship is a challenge I am really looking

time away from the court.

forward to,” she said.

“Sharelle is really supportive with all of us and

“After last year, the team wants to go one step

can teach me so much more, as a goaler and

further and with such versatility and depth in

person, and it is just amazing to be able to

our line-up, it is a really exciting prospect to be

step out on court with her,” she said.

part of this team.”

“I admire my teammates and I think that they are obviously amazing athletes but also such intelligent women on the court…one thing that

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Player profile

SHARELLE mCmAHON Positions: GA, GS DOB: 12/08/1977 Height: 177cm Nickname: Shaz Occupation: Athlete, Mother, Self Employed NATIONAL HONOURS

Australian Diamond 1998-2011 Australian Diamonds Captain (2008-2011) Commonwealth Games (Gold – 1998 and 2002, Silver – 2006 and 2010) World Netball Championships (Gold 1999 and 2007, Silver 2003) Australian 21U (1997) Australian Diamond MVP (2002, 2003) ACHIEVEMENTS

Melbourne Vixens Team Member (2008-2011, 2013), ANZ Championship Premiership Melbourne Vixens (2009), Melbourne Vixens MVP (2009, 2010), Melbourne Phoenix Premierships (1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005), Melbourne Phoenix MVP (2000, 2004, 2006, 2007) Commonwealth Bank Trophy MVP (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007) Victorian Female Athlete and Sportsperson of the Year (2009) Flag bearer COM Games (2010) Favourite Film: Chicago Favourite Food: Chocolate and chicken risotto

Who has been the biggest influence on your netball career? My Mum and Joyce Brown. Mum was my first netball coach and Joyce was a wonderful influence on my career both in the past and present. What are you scared of? Nothing much really! Which sports teams do you support? Carlton Football Club, Melbourne Storm & Melbourne Stars in the BBL The happiest/most memorable moment in your life? The most amazing experience was giving birth to my son Xavier in August Favourite city in the world & why? Melbourne is definitely number one, but outside of that, I love Rome….the food, wine, people, sights….it has such an amazing atmosphere Before a game I always… Like to have a meal of chicken and rice, and I also like to feel a little rushed so I don’t like to get to the game too early and have too much time to wait around. If I wasn’t playing netball for the Melbourne Vixens I would be… If I hadn’t played netball I would’ve loved to be a vet. Otherwise, probably just a mum!

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team anthem You want the best Here we are We’ll give it all Right now We’re here to win Come with us We’re gonna show you how

Power together Stronger in every way As one Stand up Be proud Shout it out loud We are the Vixens No one stands in our way Power together Stronger in every way As one

Stand up Be proud Shout it out loud We are the Vixens No one stands in our way

statistics Year by Year Finished Games Won Lost

Highest Score

Drawn

Coach

Captain/s

2012

2nd

15

11

4

0

J. Hoornweg

B.Chatfield

2011

5th

13

8

5

0

J. Hoornweg

B.Chatfield & S.McMahon

2010

7th

13

6

7

0

J. Hoornweg

B.Chatfield & S.McMahon

2009

1st

14

9

5

0

J. Hoornweg

B.Chatfield & S.McMahon

2008

4th

15

14

1

0

J. Hoornweg

S.McMahon

Biggest Win

41 (v Pulse, R14 2009)

Highest Score incl ET 65 (v Swifts, R8 2009)

80 (v Pulse, R14 2009)

Biggest Loss

21 (v Firebirds, Rd 6 2010 & v Firebirds, Rd 10 2011)

Lowest Score

Consecutive Wins

11 (Rd 11 2009 – Rd 5 2010)

33 (v Swifts, R12 2011)

Consecutive Losses 7 (Rd 6 - 13 2010) Year by Year Finished Games Won Lost Drawn Coach

Highest Score

2012

4th

14

2011

6th

2010

1st

2009 2008

5

0

J. Woodlands-Thompson

S. Layton & N. von Bertouch

13

5

8

0

J. Woodlands-Thompson

N. von Bertouch

15

11

4

0

J. Woodlands-Thompson

N. von Bertouch M. Gerrard

2nd

16

12

4

0

J. Woodlands-Thompson

N. von Bertouch

3rd

15

10

5

0

J. Woodlands-Thompson

N. von Bertouch

75 (v Pulse, R5 2010)

Highest Score incl ET 53 (v Tactix, R4 2009) Lowest Score

Captain/s

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Biggest Win Biggest Loss

36 (v WBOP Magic, R11 2011) Consecutive Wins Consecutive Losses

35 (v Pulse, R5 2010) 22 (v Firebirds, R5 2011) 6 (R6-11 2009) 3 (GF 2009 – R2 2010)

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2013 season fixture rd Day

Date

time

VS

Venue

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

25/03/2013 31/03/2013 8/04/2013

7:40pm 12:10pm 7:40pm

Mystics Thunderbirds Tactix

The Trusts Stadium, Auckland Hisense Arena, Melbourne Hisense Arena, Melbourne

21/04/2013 27/04/2013 5/05/2013 12/05/2013 19/05/2013 27/05/2013 2/06/2013

11:40am 12:20pm 2:12pm 12:10pm 12:10pm 7:40pm 2:12pm

Thunderbirds Fever Pulse Swifts Firebirds Steel Firebirds

12 Saturday 8/06/2013 13 Sunday 16/06/2013 14 Sunday 23/06/2013 Semi-finals TBA Final TBA

2:12pm 7:20pm 12:10pm

Swifts Magic Fever

Netball SA Stadium, Adelaide Perth Arena, Perth Hisense Arena, Melbourne Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre Hisense Arena, Melbourne Hisense Arena, Melbourne Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Hisense Arena, Melbourne Claudelands Arena, Hamilton Hisense Arena, Melbourne

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geva mentor

Getting the job done She may be a superstar defender for the Melbourne Vixens but it is the work off court that English international Geva Mentor is starting to make waves in for Netball Victoria. Geva’s role as Community Engagement Officer has seen her embark on travel around metro and regional Victoria as she starts to build and form relationships with schools to promote the game of netball for everyone. “Building relationships about developing and building the Netball Victoria pathway so there is a clear direction for the kids to go is really important for the future of the sport.” “We are heavily focused on CaLD (culturally and linguistically diverse) groups, so basically multiculturalism which is something I am obviously quite passionate about having an ethnic background,” she said. Geva has been instrumental in promoting netball in multicultural communities through the Melbourne Vixens Friendly Schools program, first piloted in 2012. “I have now been in charge of focusing on the Friendly Schools Program which targets schools with a 70% CaLD background and

I also help deliver some of those 7-8 weeks programs in schools which is very rewarding.” The initiative aims to expose more children to netball and demonstrate how the sport can benefit health and wellbeing. Starting to settle herself into the Melbourne lifestyle, Geva recently had her permanent residency approved and has bought an inner city apartment with her partner, with plans to apply for her Australian citizenship in a years’ time. “I think I was really happy off the court last year which reflected my performance on the court,” she said when asked about her fantastic season with the Vixens. Apart from working hard off court in the netball community, Geva is working hard on court to get the job done and bring the ANZ Championship trophy back to Melbourne in 2013. “We have come leaps and bounds and definitely moving in the right direction. I am expecting exceptional things because I expect nothing less of myself and the people that I am working with…I know it’s going to be tough and easier said than done but for us we will take each game as it comes and that will put us in the best position leading into finals.”

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On court with Simone McKinnis The Melbourne Vixens have had a long and tough preseason under the guidance of new coach Simone McKinnis, however it is important for players to put in the hard yards first so they can reap the benefits throughout the season. Here are some tips to get your preseason sorted and ready to play your best netball when you step out on court in round one! Ball Skills: Excellent ball skills are fundamental to playing netball well. You should repeatedly practice all different passes (e.g. shoulder, bounce, lob, and chest) at every training session, practicing accuracy both under pressure with defense and without defense. Use a wall at home or get a friend to come around and work on the skills together. Agility & Footwork: Along with ball skills, good agility and footwork is essential on the netball court and athletes should practice short, sharp changes of direction and movements that reflect footwork patterns in play. Your good footwork, agility and ball skills are very important to being effective in attack and defense.

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Attack: Practice different attacking moves (dodge, double dodge, break back, roll off, front cuts) that you can add to your attacking game to mix things up and keep the defender guessing about what you will do next. It is important to be strong and definite in your movements with good timing onto the ball to make yourself a strong option in attack. Defence: The first step in being an effective defender is being able to defend your player ‘one on one’. Practice working in front of an attacker while keeping vision of both the ball and your opponent - your vision is very important. Good hands over pressure at 3 feet will help create mistakes and bad passes, allowing your teammates to contest the ball and a better chance at getting an intercept. Shooting: Practice your shooting both with and without defenders. Repetition is important to maintain your technique and rhythm. You can then build the pressure by asking someone to defend your shot so you are under a more pressure. Practice, practice, practice!


See the cheer squad in action and get behind them!


cHECK OUT THE ACTION WITH FOXy AND THE GIRLS!

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spot the difference

Something isn’t right here! Can oyu spot the 5 thiings that appear different?

fan profile

Aimee jungfler (10) Melbourne Vixens member since 2010

Help poor Foxy find a pair of socks to wear for match day!

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What a mix-up!!! Unscramble the names of the Vixens players and write them in the boxes to answer the mystery question!

What colour does the umpire usually wear? 1. tegan ALCDELLW 2. karyn WARHTHO 3. bianca FILDEHATC 4. geva ROMNET 5. madi EBRWNO

Help foxy find the ball before the next quarter Favourite Vixen: Sharelle McMahon Who is the team to beat in 2013? The Magic won the grand final last year and probably have a good shot at winning it again. What’s your tip for the Vixens players before a game? Stay on their player and try their best.

An enthusiastic netball fan, Aimee has been a Vixens member since she was 6 years old and is a big fan of Sharelle McMahon. A goal defence herself, Aimee likes to watch the shooters plan to help improve her defensive game!

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insider interviews Melbourne Vixens manager

Donna Monteath

How long have you been working with the Melbourne Vixens? I got the phone call from Simone in early January this year and I was absolutely thrilled to come on board with the Vixens! What other teams have you worked with over the years? I worked with the Perth Orioles for 6 years in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy alongside working with the West Australian state teams. Highlights have definitely been winning the World Youth Championship in the Cook Islands with the Australian 21U team and also being part of the Australian Diamonds management team.

What do you love about your job? At the end of training, I love it when all of the girls eat all of the food I have prepared for them because I hate seeing it go to waste! Also the travel and friendships is a great aspect of the role. What are your main responsibilities? Basically I need to make sure the girls are looking after themselves when it comes to eating, getting treatment, travel arrangements and during the matches I help out Simone with stats and the like. What is your favourite city or country to travel to with netball? After a tour with one of the Australian teams I was able to stay on in South Africa for a safari tour. It was absolutely amazing and a great experience to have. What is something about your job that most people wouldn’t know? Before every training session and game day, I spend quite a bit of time at the local supermarket buying snack and recovery food for all of the players.

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