Taking over the helm of the Queensland Fusion for 2015, Coach Jenny Brazel has named a new-look team she believes will go one better and bring home the Australian Netball League (ANL) trophy to the Sunshine State.
“It was a very difficult selection which is great for netball in Queensland there is a wealth of talent out there and a lot of great players missed out,” Brazel said.
After making their first ever ANL Grand Final appearance in 2014, the Queenslanders going down in a thriller to Victorian Fury 51-49, Brazel has added the experience of three current Firebirds players.
Boasting Firebirds players including star wing attack Verity Simmons who is returning from injury, Ingham shooter Beryl Friday and defender Laura Clemesha the Fusion team is also jammed pack full of homegrown talent.
“We have strong team and there is a good mix of current ANZ Championship players, past ANZ players plus a great mix of nationally identified young ones giving them that opportunity to step up to that next level,” Brazel said.
“I am really excited to have current Firebirds players Clem, Beryl and Vez in the team and I can’t wait to see what they are going to produce for us in ANL.”
Brazel, currently the Firebirds Assistant Coach, said adding to the speed of Simmons in the midcourt the Fusion have included the energy of young gun Mahalia Cassidy and stalwart Laura Scherian who both bring a wealth of experience and depth.
“Laura has played at the ANL level for a number of years now along with a season with the Firebirds, so she knows what it takes to win,” Brazel said.
“Mahalia has hit the ANZ court now spending 6 rounds with the Firebirds replacing Simmons so she brings back that toughness from her experience giving us a very strong, versatile midcourt that allows us to play a really fast moving game.”
Brazel said the Fusion have the depth and talent to take it to the bench mark teams of the ANL like and said the teams chances of taking out the title are really strong but there is a lot of hard work ahead.
“We have the likes of Cara Koenen returning to the team and we have added a couple of new players coming into the team like Dominique Scott, Kristen Oxenford, Aldora Tuala and Jemmason Power and a young new shooter, Abigail Latu-Meafou from the 19/U State team,” Brazel said.
Fusion Team 2015 :
Mahalia Cassidy (Brisbane North Cougars)
Laura Clemesha (QLD Firebirds/Suncoast Lynx)
Beryl Friday (QLD Firebirds/Brisbane East Tigers)
Hulita Haukinima (Brisbane South Wildcats)
Cara Koenen (Golden South Jaguars)
Abigail Latu-Meafou (Brisbane South Wildcats)
Madeline McAuliffe (Brisbane South Wildcats)
Kristen Oxenford (Golden South Jaguars)
Jemmason Power (Brisbane North Cougars)
Laura Scherian (Brisbane North Cougars)
Verity Simmons (QLD Firebirds/Brisbane South Wildcats)
Dominique Scott (Suncoast Lynx)
Emma Tickner (Suncoast Lynx)
Aldora Tuala (Brisbane South Wildcats)
Madeleine Walsh (Brisbane South Wildcats)
The Queensland Fusion kick off their 2015 ANL campaign with a season opener home round at Ormiston College Friday June 26 – Sunday June 27.
Friday June 26 – 7pm
QLD Fusions v Southern Force (SA)
Saturday June 27 – 4.30pm
Southern Force (SA) v NSW Waratahs
Saturday June 27 – 6.30pm
QLD Fusion v Tassie Spirit
Sunday June 28 – 10am
Tassie Spirit v Southern Force (SA)
Sunday June 27 – 12noon
QLD Fusion v NSW Waratahs