Hi there. I'm captain of the NSW Swifts and was a member of the Australian Netball Diamonds that won the 2007 World Netball Championship. I hope you'll add me to your friends and leave me message. ...
04:34PM, Thu 14 August 2008

We did it!!!

We did it!!!

It's taken a while to sink in and now it seems it like a long time ago. The ANZ Championship Grand Final was an incredible game and it was a wonderful experience to play - and win - in front of 12,000 people at Acer Arena.
We led the game from start to finish but it wasn't easy. I remember looking up with about four minutes left and seeing that we had a healthy margin, but it still made me nervous against a side like Magic. They're a star-studded line-up and we knew they were going to fight right to the end and they did.
Our defence in particular were solid and it took an absolute full-court effort from each and every player to get over the line against such a strong team.
With Irene [Van Dyk] in fantastic form on the night, the defence really had to work hard. In the final quarter Rebecca [Bulley] was fantastic, keeping Magic's Maria Tutaia to just six goals from eight attempts.
It really was a fairytale ending to the season for the NSW Swifts. We had won eight games in a row and had beaten the Magic twice before, so everyone was quietly confident.

The team all performed so well on the night, so it really was fantastic to be named Player of the Grand Final!
And it was wonderful to win it in front of our home fans. It was great to get such a big crowd. We knew that netball was going to explode at one point, we have always had fans, but the product has just improved so much that they had to come and see it.

Looking to the near future, there was more good news when six Swifts players were picked to represent Australia. Susan [Pratley], Rebecca [Bulley], Kimberlee [Green], Kimberley [Purcell], Vanessa [Ware] and I were named in the 18-strong Australian squad for the New World Netball Series in New Zealand in September and the Holden Netball Test Series against England and New Zealand in October. There will be some great games!
Before I sign off, I would like to thank all of you mySporters out there for the kind and encouraging messages you've left on my mySport website - throughout the season and particularly during the finals.
Your support means a lot to me. Thank you so much!

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05:02PM, Thu 14 August 2008
The ANZ Championship (& netball) is definitely going from strength to strength... The Swifts defence as you mentioned, was sensational..
We are already looking forward to next season.
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