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Top 15 SSN training partners: #10 – Sunday Aryang

WITH a number of netball leagues across the world being suspended due to COVID-19, the Draft Central team is making a case for the top 15 training partners stepping up to the Suncorp Super Netball plate in 2020. Heading up the top 10 is 2019 West Coast Fever debutant Sunday Aryang. This countdown is purely opinion-based, taking into consideration recent form, individual potential and future development.

Ethiopia-born Aryang may be young but what she lacks in age she well and truly makes up for in talent, with impressive speed and elevation. The defender can be a threat both inside and outside the circle with her lanky arms and ability to cover ground, able to apply impressive pressure on the shot or deny entry to the circle depending on what her team needs. Aryang may not have a wealth of experience at the top level, but training behind Australian Diamonds goal keeper Courtney Bruce and against the likes of 198cm Jamaican Jhaniele Fowler in the circle, her development with this Fever unit will be crucial. 

Fellow West Australian pathway athlete Olivia Lewis is a handy player to follow the footsteps of, with the fellow defender earning her place on the bench and a playing a crucial role in helping Aryang up through the ranks. Aryang is a key member of the Western Sting side playing in the Australian Netball League (ANL) and a member of the 2019 Under-19 Australian squad. With clean hands and good anticipation of the play, Aryang is a great defensive prospect for the future, while her versatility will come in handy throughout her development with plenty of rotational options giving her plenty of opportunity to gain valuable court time.

TOP 15 SSN TRAINING PARTNERS SO FAR:

#15 Ashlee Unie (Sunshine Coast Lightning)
#14 Ruby Barkmeyer (Melbourne Vixens)
#13 Tippah Dwan (Queensland Firebirds)
#12 Matisse Letherbarrow (GIANTS Netball)
#11 Chelsea Blackman (Adelaide Thunderbirds)
#10 Sunday Aryang (West Coast Fever)

Top 15 SSN training partners: #15 Ashlee Unie

WITH a number of netball leagues across the world being suspended due to COVID-19, the Draft Central team is taking a look at the top 15 training partners stepping up to the Suncorp Super Netball plate in 2020. The countdown begins with Sunshine Coast Lightning midcourt defender, Ashlee Unie. This countdown is purely opinion-based, taking into consideration 2019 form, individual potential and future development.

A returnee to the Lightning camp as a training partner for the third year in a row, Unie, a versatile midcourt defender, has plenty of promise taken under the wing of some of the greatest defenders in the world. At 180cm tall, the Queensland talent and Lightning local was co-captain of Territory Storm in the Australian Netball League (ANL) in 2019 and was USC Thunder’s inaugural captain in the Queensland feeder competition, Sapphire Series. Predominantly a wing defence with the capability to jump into the circle, the exposure Unie has had to top-end talent with the Lightning has already helped her improve her game tenfold. 

With speed and precision Unie has the ability to track her opposition across the court and wear down her attacker, playing the typical dogged-defence role to deny crucial ball into the goal circle whether she is playing on the wing or in the circle. The 23-year-old may have plenty of development ahead of her, but with the experience and influence of Laura Langman and Karla Pretorius training beside her over the past few seasons she has plenty of chances to prove herself and step up to the plate. While Unie has not had a load of court time for the Lightning just yet, if the opportunity presents itself she is one to watch out for through the midcourt.

TOP 15 SSN TRAINING PARTNERS SO FAR:

15. Ashlee Unie (Sunshine Coast Lightning)