Head Coaches of the inaugural HART Sapphire Series have today been confirmed and are planning a breakout season as they start to recruit young talent.
The HART Sapphire Series will shine a light on state-level players and will showcase local talent as the future stars of Queensland netball. This new season will rebrand the Queensland State Netball League bringing fresh sports presentation, and a semi-professional player and spectator experience.
Elizabeth White will return as the coach of the Brisbane North Cougars, the reigning champions from the QSNL, and hopes to deliver a season as successful as the last.
“We want to continue our success from last year, challenge ourselves to be even better, and build on what we already are,” said White.
Somerset College Coach, Sheryl Burns has been confirmed as Head Coach for the Bond University Bull Sharks.
Coming from a successful career of developing emerging talent in netball, basketball & surf lifesaving, Burns is set to deliver in the new season.
“We want to bring something fresh and fun to the season. I’ll bring a hard-working, disciplined team, striving to be the best we can be,” Burns said.
With teams partnering with University campuses around the state the scouts are out to find new and untapped talent.
“The series allow us to find new talent by tapping into these new areas and bring out new players”, Burns said.
With over 18 years’ experience coaching state and national teams, Paula Stuart has accepted the top position with the QUT Wildcats. The HART Sapphire Series will promote grassroots talent and is a huge step forward for the growth of netball in the state.
“This series is a huge win for netball and universities as it helps integrate elite sports into university culture. I’m excited to come back to the Wildcats and I’m looking forward to the challenge and introducing new competition to the league”, she said.
Current Queensland Fusion head coach, Tracey Jeanes-Fraser will commence as head coach for the Ipswich Jets in 2019. Jeanes-Fraser’s former Fusion coaching assistant will also feature in the stellar Sapphire coaching ranks. Garry Pashen has been confirmed to take the helm of the USC Thunder.
The Northern Rays and Carina Leagues Club Tigers have locked in Jillian Joyce and Tracey Bruce respectively to front their clubs in the 2019 season.
Clubs are now able to approach and sign players as part of the two-month player contracting window, which will run until mid-February. The HART Sapphire Series will commence June 2019 with further coaching announcements to be made for the underpinning Ruby League in the new year.
2019 HART Sapphire Series Head Coaches
Brisbane North Cougars Elizabeth White
Bond University Bull Sharks Sheryl Burns
Carina Leagues Club Tigers Tracey Bruce
Ipswich Jets Tracey Jeanes-Fraser
Northern Rays Jillian Joyce
QUT Wildcats Paula Stewart
USC Thunder Garry Pashen