WITH the Suncorp Team Girls Cup announced and the Suncorp Super Netball season creeping up we take a look at one key training player from each team to watch over the season.
Adelaide Thunderbirds: Charlee Hodges (GA/GS)
Hodges is returning home after a stint in the ANZ Premiership in 2019 with the Northern Stars where she was a key cog in the attacking third. The talented goaler took her game play to another level last season using her silky movement and strong drives across the court to full effect. She will have to work on her accuracy and volume to post often fading in and out of games but that development will come with further exposure to the highest level and confidence. The goal attack can be a real playmaker in the goal circle with her deft touch and high netball IQ to read the play and deliver carefully crafted passes into the circle.
Collingwood Magpies: Brooke Allan (GK/GD)
She is a real excitement machine down back and has a plethora of skills in the defensive circle. Allan uses her height to impose herself on the court with her lean over the shot a key aspect of her game play. The tenacious defender is not afraid to back herself and could be a star of the future for the Pies with her read of the play and quick feet in the circle to continuously get hands to ball. Allan can switch between keeper and goal defence effortlessly making the most of her deceptive speed to gain control of the ball and propel it back down the court.
GIANTS: Matisse Letherbarrow (GS/GA)
At the ripe age of 18, Matisse Letherbarrow has made the switch from the Swifts to the GIANTS and could be a handy inclusion if called up. While the goal shooter is on the shorter side at 188cm, she is an exceptional mover and her accuracy to post is second to none. Her continued development and strength on the take will be key for the talented shooter who is not afraid to go to post from range. She has a high netball IQ able to identify the space with ease and change up her game play from a holding shooter to a moving one in the blink of any eye showcasing her talent.
Melbourne Vixens: Allie Smith (WD/GD)
Smith has untapped potential with the young defender plying her trade in the lesser leagues and hoping to bring that ruthless intent to the Vixens line-up. she is a real go-getter type of player throwing herself at every ball that comes her way and using her dynamic footwork to clog up space both in the middle and defensive thirds. Her versatility is a strong point of her game play along with her netball smarts to sense the moment and hunt for an intercept.
NSW Swifts: Tayla Fraser (WA/C)
Fraser has already made a name for herself on the Suncorp Super Netball stage, taking the competition by storm in the latter half of the season with her dynamic movement but will be looking to go one better in 2020. Although costly at times with ball-in-hand credit to her inexperience, the talented midcourter works tirelessly in the attacking third to find the circle edge and deliver bullet like passes into the goal circle. She uses her speed and change of direction to evade defenders and cause havoc in the attacking third making her an exciting prospect for the Swifts.
Queensland Firebirds: Rudi Ellis (GK/GD)
The talented defender has plenty of knowledge and experience having been with the Vixens for the past couple of years which can she bring to the young Firebirds line-up. Ellis is light on her feet able to cover the court with ease and uses her long reach to disrupt the flow of play time after time. The young defender backs herself with cross-court balls often out hunting for intercepts. She is versatile able to move from keeper to goal defence seamlessly and help with transition play down the court.
Sunshine Coast Lightning: Sienna Allen (GK/GD)
The young defender will add another element to the Lightning’s already stacked defence end with her read of the play and solid movement across the court. She still has plenty of development left in her, given her young age but her potential is endless.
West Coast Fever: Sunday Aryang (GK/GD)
The lanky defender is relatively unknown still but has plenty of potential with her defensive pressure and quick feet key attributes of her game. Her ability to confuse the space and use her lean over the shot to disrupt the flow in attack is impressive. She works tirelessly to win the ball back and create turnovers to give her side a chance to stay in the contest.