Netball Queensland is pleased to announce the Queensland Fusion training squad for 2018, which includes former Australian Diamonds defender Chanel Gomes.
The ex-West Coast Fever star headlines a high-profile list of new players including Scotland international Hayley Mulheron and former New South Wales Swifts Amy Sommerville and Emma Tickner.
The quartet sought an opportunity with the Fusion in 2018 following the state’s performances across all levels of high performance competition in 2017.
The squad will assemble for the first time in late January and train together through February before being refined to 16 players on 19 February 2018.
Queensland Fusion Coach Tracey Jeanes-Fraser said she was delighted with the makeup of her 2018 squad.
“We’re really excited. It will be a great year of consolidation for the girls we had last year, but the addition of these new players that have so much experience will take us to another level,” Jeanes-Fraser said.
“The biggest thing we’ll be looking for are girls that can retain consistency across big games throughout the tournament. We want to make sure we have diversity – that we can throw curveballs and mix it up out there.
“(Last year’s two overtime finals losses) were heartbreaking, but we’ve learnt a lot from it. The girls that were in the team will hold those results close to their chest and use them as motivation. With the new mix of players we’ve got and the experience we’ve gained, I think can take us all the way to the grand final if not better.”
Former Sunshine Coast Lightning training partners Ash Unie and Dom Scott will return to the Fusion after playing for Territory Storm in 2017.
Round one of the 2018 Australian Netball League competition will be played on 5 May 2018.
Queensland Fusion 2018 squad
|Name||Queensland State Netball League club|
|Alexia Baker||Brisbane East Tigers|
|Annabella Sorby||Brisbane North Cougars|
|Bridey Condren||Brisbane South Wildcats|
|Chanel Dyer||Brisbane North Cougars|
|Charlie Bell||Brisbane West Lions|
|Hulita Haukinima||Brisbane South Wildcats|
|Jada Gafa||Brisbane North Cougars|
|Kristen Oxenford||Golden South Jaguars|
|Leah Middleton||Brisbane East Tigers|
|Lia Woolnough||Brisbane West Lions|
|Macy Gardner||Suncoast Lynx|
|Maddison Hinchliffe||Brisbane North Cougars|
|Mia Stower||Darling Downs Panthers|
|Rylie Holland||Brisbane North Cougars|
|Shenae Grant||Golden South Jaguars|
|Sarahpheinna Woulf||Golden South Jaguars|
|Tippah Dwan||Brisbane West Lions|
|Ash Unie||Brisbane West Lions|
|Amy Sommerville||Suncoast Lynx|
|Luci Benjamin||Brisbane West Lions|
|Steph Noble||Brisbane West Lions|
|Dom Scott||Brisbane North Cougars|
|Emma Tickner||Suncoast Lynx|
|Mia Henderson||Brisbane West Lions|
|Chanel Gomes||Suncoast Lynx|