Netball Queensland has announced a new-look Queensland Fusion squad ahead of the 2017 Australian Netball League (ANL) season.
Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds training partners Alexia Baker, Tippah Dwan, Tara Hinchliffe and Kristen Oxenford will be joined by Vanessa Augustini, Luci Benjamin, Shenae Grant, Mia Henderson, Maddie Hinchliffe, Rylie Holland, Leah Middleton, Steph O’Brien, Bella Sorby and Sarahpheinna Woulf in a 14-player set-up.
Fusion coach Tracey Jeans-Fraser said she couldn’t wait to get to work with the group.
“I’m really excited. It’s a balanced team featuring young developing players mixed with experience,” Jeans-Fraser said.
“This group is very enthusiastic, extremely motivated and very cohesive. With that drive and passion, I think it’ll be an exciting for Queensland netball fans to see what they can produce.
“There’s no doubt this group of girls will embrace the opportunity at ANL level. A cohesive group that has enthusiasm and strong drive for individual and team success can never be underestimated.”
Firebirds training partner Binnian Hunt has suffered a recurrence of an ACL injury and was not available for Fusion selection. There is no timeline on when the Firebirds will name a replacement training partner.
Members of Netball Queensland’s Elite Development Program (EDP) squad not selected for the Fusion will return to their Samsung Queensland State Netball League clubs until the end of the 2017 season.
EDP squad members will continue to training once a week as a group at the X-Centre and at intervals as required by Elite Programs Manager Jenny Brazel.