Gun netballer Catherine Cox has long been lauded as one of the best shooters to play for Australia and the NSW Swifts.
After a decorated 13-year career with the Swifts, Cox was told by new coach Lisa Beehag that she would not be leading the Swifts for this year’s ANZ Championship campaign.
She was disappointed, but also shocked.
“I rang the coach to have a chat about what was the plan and she didn’t sound too enthusiastic,” the 35-year-old told Channel 10.
“I don’t want to blow sunshine up my own butt, but surely I’m worth a fourth shooter in a team so that was hard to take, definitely.”
Just a couple of days after receiving the news, Cox had to front up to fly with her Australian Diamonds teammates to Hong Kong to prepare for the World Championships.
Cox made the decision to speak publicly to let Swifts supporters know that she didn’t depart Sydney for the sake of it after deciding to cross to Perth’s West Coast Fever.
“It’s not just about me, it’s about teammates, sponsors and fans, the fans were the biggest thing,” she said.
“I didn’t want the Swifts fans, who are some of the biggest fans in the country, to think that I had just upped and left them.
“It’s great to have this opportunity to let them know that wasn’t what happened.”
Cox is captain of the Fever and has teamed up with Australian Diamonds teammate Caitlin Bassett inside the shooting circle.
Former Diamonds coach Norma Plummer is now in charge of Fever and the two-time World Championship winner is making an impact.
“Obviously Norma’s here and (she’s) had a big influence on my career. I’ve had her in the Diamonds for the last seven years,” Cox said.
“I’ve been to Perth before, I love the place and it was a new opportunity for me (and) a chance to get out of my comfort zone.”
Playing at goal attack with Bassett, the incumbent goal shooter, is a new challenge for the veteran of 98 Tests for Australia.
Cox has played most of her career next to Susan Pratley as a goal shooter at the Swifts.
“It’s a lot more running, that’s for sure,” she said with a laugh.
“I’m actually enjoying it. When I first heard that I’d be playing goal attack, (I got a) bit panicky (because) at this stage of my career I didn’t know if my body would hold up with the extra fitness work.
“I’m enjoying it and not finding it too difficult.”