Marlin Coast Marlins player Rachel Faanana has been elevated to the Queensland 19/U team to replace Sarahpheinna Woulf who suffered a season ending knee injury during training. It’s a devastating blow for Woulf who secured her first SSN contract this year with the Sunshine Coast Lightning and was set to be a key player in the Queensland 19/U team. Woulf is already showing tremendous commitment and resilience having started her rehab process with the aim to make a strong return to court in 2019.
Netball Queensland Performance Pathways Manager, Tracey Fear said that the team would still have a strong defensive end.
“Rachel has shown tremendous improvement in her game since the start of the 19’s campaign, which is a credit to her and her coach Winnie Whately for the work they have been doing in Cairns. She is a powerful, dynamic mid-courter, able to play across all three positions, providing the coaching team with a number of strong midcourt combinations,” Fear said.
“While Sarahpheinna was a WD- GD, the selectors are confident that there is still great defensive strength in the team with four players who can play in the defensive circle – Bridey Condren, Lia Woolnough, Ruby Bakewell – Doran and Shenae Grant.”
The selection of Rachel Faanana adds further strength to an already talented and experienced midcourt with Macy Gardner (Firebirds training partner) and Heidi Osborne (2017 – 17’s) and Jess Donnelly (2017 – 19’s) as the other midcourt players.
The 17/U and 19/U teams will continue their preparation for the April National Netball Championships in Adelaide, with another training session on Sunday morning.