Giants Netball coach Julie Fitzgerald said her side is excited ahead of the historic first round of Australia’s new national Super Netball competition.
The Giants are one of three new sides to join the competition, with five teams entered from the now-defunct ANZ Championship.
“In some ways you sit back and think I wish I had another couple of weeks. In other ways, you just can’t wait for it to happen,” she said.
Drawn against one of Australian netball’s most successful sides in the NSW Swifts in round one, Fitzgerald said the aim in the first match is all about “getting our combinations right”.
The Giants features Australian internationals Kimberley Green, Kristiana Manu’a and Susan Pettitt and English internationals Jo Harten and Serena Guthrie.
But Baulkham Hills-born Kristina Brice, 22, will also be pushing for a place in the starting side.
Brice, who grew up playing for Hassall Grove Netball Club, was named as a training partner for Australia at the recent Netball Quad Series.
Brice was the ANZ Championship’s best new talent award in 2016 after she joined the Adelaide Thunderbirds as an injury replacement.
With the opening round of the Super Netball season signalling a new chapter in the history of Australian netball, Fitzgerald said she was trying to “keep everything as normal as possible”.
”We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received,” she said.
“For a new club, the amount of foundation members and fans we’ve got already gives the girls such a boost.”
- Super Netball Round 1 – Giants Netball Vs NSW Swifts, Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, 5pm