This weekend will be a dream come true for netball fans!
In Glasgow the Diamonds take on the best in the world, while back home in Queensland, some of the Australian players’ teammates, are taking on each other.
The Queensland Fusion will hit the court in a triple header for round four of the Australian Netball League, (ANL) after two weekends on the sideline, so expect to see world class netball from the likes of ANZ Championship players, including Gretel Tippett, Ameliaranne Wells and Demelza Fellowes (McCloud).
It’s a similar story for other ANL teams with 11 ANZ Championship players pulling on bibs, across five incredible matches being played between the Queensland Fusion, Western Sting, Territory Storm and NNSW Waratahs.
The first game on Friday night is a State of Origin match-up seeing the Queensland Fusion taking on NNSW Waratahs at Ormiston College.
Meanwhile over in the land of tartan, Firebirds players and Diamonds Laura Geitz and Kim Ravaillion and Jamaican Romelda Aiken will kick off their campaign for gold at the Commonwealth Games.
With an action packed weekend of netball on show, Queensland Fusion Coach Kylee Byrne said even though the Fusion has not had much match play in the three opening rounds of the ANL, the team has been training well and looking forward playing at home.
“The girls are really looking forward to stepping out in front of our home crowd and having lots of Queensland support behind us will be fantastic,” Byrne said.
“We want to show what the Queensland spirit is all about and there is no better time to let it show than against NSW in our first game.”
Byrne said the Fusion are going out this weekend to bring home all three wins something that is vital after splitting the opening round in Tasmania with a narrow loss to the Southern Force 48-50, backing up the next day with a convincing 67-41 victory over the Canberra Darters.
“We are looking for three wins and I believe that we are a far better team than our first round matches three weeks ago,” Byrne said.
“The squad has come together very, very well and individually everyone is stepping up and desperate to show what they can do given the opportunity.”
“With such a limited preparation as a squad, the first round matches have now given us an idea of where we’re at and what needs to be done to get the wins this weekend in front of our home crowd,” Byrne said.
Byrne is looking for big games from Stephanie Wood, Fellowes and Laura Scherian, who were standouts in round one and performed across both matches.
Byrne is also excited to see what impact Under 19 player, Cara Koenan can have on the triple header after a successful start to her first ANL season, shooting 36 goals at 92%, against the Canberra Darters.
“Our Queensland athletes are exceptionally talented and we are ready to show everyone what we can do,” Byrne said.
Somerset Sports Centre – Ormiston College
97 Dundas Street West, Ormiston 4160
Friday 25 July
QLD Fusion v NNSW Waratahs – 7pm
Saturday 26 July
QLD Fusion v Territory Storm – 4.30pm
Territory Storm v NNSW Waratahs – 6.30pm
Sunday 27 July
QLD Fusion v Territory Storm – 10am
NNSW Waratahs v Western Sting – 12 noon
Tickets start from $6 go to www.netballq.org.au/fusion