2021 Suncorp Super Netball Signings

2021 Suncorp Super Netball Signings

By |2020-11-20T13:28:29+10:00November 10th, 2020|Categories: AUS|0 Comments

CORRECT AS AT 1pm, 20 November 2020

 

The dust has barely settled on the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball trophy, but after such a highly entertaining season, fans are already looking toward the 2021 season – which is less than 6 months away!  And, with that comes the anticipation of the 2021 signings.

So far, 2020 has produced a string of retirement news. Then came the September renewal period where clubs are only allowed to sign their own players, training partners or out-of-contract athletes. This produced some massive upsets and movements. Now that we are in the ‘open’ period where clubs are allowed to approach any un-signed athlete, fans are expecting even more drama.

All these developments are enough to give even the most avid netball fan a headache. But, Netball Scoop has you covered. We’ll keep you updated until the last contract is signed.

 

 

**Please note ** the below lists are created on a traditional 10 player squad. If the League decides to extend the squad to 12, we will make changes.

 

Will the Adelaide Thunderbirds be ‘fierce together’ in 2021? Photo: Marcela Massey

Adelaide Thunderbirds

2020 Coach:  Tania Obst

2020 Contracted Players

Sam Gooden

Sascha Glasgow

Layla Guscoth

Maisie Nankivell

Hannah Petty

Chelsea Pitman

Lenize Potgieter

Kate Shimmin

Shamera Sterling

Shadine van der Merwe

 

2020 Nominated Athletes

Georgie Horjus

Chelsea Blackman

Tayla Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2021 Thunderbirds will have a mixture of familiar faces and new signings as they look to build a more youthful team. Their attack end will bring the excitement with the signings of dynamic shooters Lenize Potgieter and up-and-comers Georgie Horjus and Sam Gooden. The defence end also is also filled with youthful excitement with Shamera Sterling being joined by new teammates, Matilda Garrett and fellow Sunshine Girl Latanya Wilson.

Georgie Horjus and Lenize Potgieter are back for the Thunderbirds in 2021. Photo: Simon Leonard

2021 Squad

Coach:  Tania Obst

SHOOTERS

Georgie Horjus

Lenize Potgieter

Sam Gooden

 

MIDCOURT

Elle McDonald

Maisie Nankivell

Hannah Petty

Shadine van der Merwe

DEFENCE

Matilda Garrett

Shamera Sterling

Latanya Wilson

 

 

 

Can the Magpies mix of youth and experience pay dividends in 2021? Photo: Simon Leonard

Collingwood Magpies

2020 Coach:  Rob Wright

2020 Contracted Players

Mel Bragg

Ash Brazill ** injured

Kelsey Browne *unsure if she would take the court in 2021

Madi Browne

Matilda Garrett

Nat Medhurst *** announced pregnancy before start of season

Geva Mentor

Molly Jovic. ** replacement player for Ash Brazill

Shimona Nelson

Gabi Sinclair

Jodi-Ann Ward

Emma Ryde *** replacement player for Nat Medhurst

Kelly Altman * replacement player for Kelsey Browne

 

2020 Nominated Athletes

Nyah Allen

Sharni Lambden

Kaitlyn Black

Tyler Orr

Brooke Allan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Collingwood Magpies are in another rebuilding phase, with a couple of their big named athletes calling time on their netball careers and their coach, Rob Wright, not renewed for the 2021 season. So far, their 2021 roster boasts some exciting up-and-coming athletes and the calm by dynamic leadership of Geva Mentor and Ash Brazill. Magpies have also signed Trinidad and Tobago goal attack, Kalifa McCollin who will round out their shooting circle with Gabi Sinclair and Shimona Nelson also renewing.

2021 Squad

Coach:  Nicole Richardson

SHOOTERS

Kalifa McCollin

Shimona Nelson

Gabi Sinclair

 

 

MIDCOURT

Mel Bragg

Ash Brazill

Kelsey Browne

Molly Jovic

 

DEFENCE

Geva Mentor

Jacqui Newton

Jodi-Ann Ward

 

 

 

Where to from here for Giants Netball? Photo: Simon Leonard

Giants Netball

2020 Coach: Julie Fitzgerald

2020 Contracted Players

Kiera Austin

Caitlin Bassett

Jo Harten

Maddie Hay

Kristiana Manu’a

Matilda McDonell

Teigan O’Shannassy

Amy Parmenter

Sam Poolman

Jamie-Lee Price

2020 Nominated Athletes

Toni Anderson

April Brandley

Sophie Dwyer

Claire-O’Brien

Latika Tombs

Matiesse Leatherbarrow

 

 

 

 

 

The Giants 2021 line-up doesn’t show many changes, other than missing the big name of Caitlin Bassett who has signed with New Zealand franchise, Splice Construction Magic. You can read about the reasons behind the decision here. In a surprise move, Giants added more defensive power to their 2021 lineup by signing April Brandley as their 10th contracted player. This places a lot of extra pressure on relatively inexperienced athletes, Kiera Austin and Maddie Hay as the ball carriers for the attack end. But, Austin lifted in form at end of the 2020 season, showing that she may be ready for the responsibility.

Jamie-Lee Price will be back in orange next season. Photo: Simon Leonard

2021 Squad

Coach: Julie Fitzgerald

SHOOTER

Kiera Austin

Jo Harten

Sophie Dwyer

 

MIDCOURT

Maddy Hay

Amy Parmenter

Jamie-Lee Price

 

DEFENCE

April Brandley

Kristiana Manu’a

Matilda McDonell

Sam Poolman

 

 

The Reigning Premiers will look a bit different in season 2021. Photo: Marcela Massey

 

Melbourne Vixens

2020 Coach: Simon McKinnis

2020 Contracted Players

Kadie-Ann Dehaney

Kate Eddy

Tayla Honey

Mwai Kumwenda

Emily Mannix

Kate Moloney

Tegan Philip

Caitlin Thwaites

Liz Watson

Jo Weston

 

2020 Nominated Athletes

Sacha McDonald

Elle McDonald

Jacqui Newton

Allie Smith

Ruby Barkmeyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vixens capped off a stellar season with a premiership win. This was a fairytale way to send off two of their world-class shooters, Caitlin Thwaites and Tegan Philip who have announced their retirement. Replacing such talent is going to be a hard task for the Vixens. Vixens are otherwise a club who have had largely the same roster for years, so it no surprise to see some of their regulars already locked-in for next season.

2021 Squad

Coach: Simone McKinnis

SHOOTERS

Ruby Barkmeyer

Mwai Kumwenda

Kaylia Stanton

 

 

MIDCOURT

Kate Eddy

Kate Moloney

Liz Watson

Allie Smith

 

DEFENCE

Kadie-Ann Dehaney

Emily Mannix

Jo Weston

 

 

 

The New South Wales Swifts have locked in most of their 2021 roster. Photo: Marcela Massey

New South Wales Swifts

2020 Coach: Briony Akle

2020 Contracted Athletes

Sophie Craig

Sophie Garbin

Paige Hadley

Nat Haythornthwaite

Helen Housby

Sarah Klau

Lauren Moore

Maddy Proud

Maddy Turner

Sam Wallace

 

2020 Nominated Athletes

Elle Bennetts

Tayla Fraser

Kelly Singleton

Nicole Styles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Swifts are a club with a lot of player loyalty. So, fans will be pleased to learn that their 2021 squad remains almost the same as their 2020 squad with one slight difference. Wing defence / goal defence, Sophie Craig has not been re-signed. But, training partner, Tayla Fraser has been elevated to the contracted list. Fraser featured off-the-bench in several close games throughout the 2020 season and proved to be a great impact player, seamlessly slotting into centre or wing attack.

Helen Housby is back for the Swifts in 2021. Photo: Marcela Massey

 

2021 Squad

Coach: Briony Akle

SHOOTERS

Helen Housby

Sam Wallace

Sophie Garbin

 

 

MIDCOURT

Paige Hadley

Nat Haythornthwaite

Maddy Proud

Tayla Fraser

 

DEFENCE

Sarah Klau

Maddy Turner

Lauren Moore

 

 

 

The Queensland Firebirds have locked in their 2021 team. Photo: Simon Leonard

Queensland Firebirds

2020 Coach: Rose Jencke

2020 Contracted Athletes

Romelda Aiken

Mahalia Cassidy *question marks over return to court after injury

Lara Dunkley *replacement player for Mahalia Cassidy

Tippah Dwan ** replacement player for Gretel Tippett

Rudi Ellis

Macy Gardner

Tara Hinchliffe

Kim Jenner

Jemma Mi Mi

Gabi Simpson

Gretel Bueta ** announced pregnancy just before the start of the 2020 season

Ine-Marie Venter

 

2020 Nominated Athletes

Ruby Bakwell-Doran

Mia Stower

Hualita VeVe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Firebirds were the underdogs of 2020 who brought all the surprises. Their gritty wins toward the end of the season saw them rocket up the ladder and just miss out on a finals berth.  They were the first team to have rounded out next season’s roster. Fans will be happy to see a mostly unchanged lineup, boosted by the star power of returnees, Gretel Bueta and Kim Ravaillion. And, with the experienced and creative Megan Anderson as their 2021 coach, the future looks bright for the Firebirds.

Gretel Bueta will return to the court after sitting out the 2020 season due to pregnancy. Photo: Simon Leonard

2021 Squad

Coach: Megan Anderson

SHOOTERS:

Romelda Aiken

Gretel Bueta

Tippah Dwan

 

MIDCOURT

Lara Dunkley

Jemma Mi Mi

Kim Ravallion

Gabi Simpson

DEFENCE

Rudi Ellis

Tara Hinchliffe

Kim Jenner

 

 

 

Who will stay and who will go from the Lightning? Photo: Marcela Massey

Sunshine Coast Lightning

2020 coach: Kylee Byrne

2020 Contracted Athletes

Cara Koenen

Laura Langman

Annika-Lee Jones

Phumza Maweni

Maddy McAuliffe

Karla Pretorius

Peace Proscovia

Jacqui Russell

Laura Scherian

Steph Wood

 

2020 Nominated Athletes

Sienna Allen

Binnian Hunt

Annabelle Lawrie

Ashlee Unie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the retirements continue with Laura Langman announcing her retirement from netball on Instagram on 21 October. Could we see Mahalia Cassidy making the trip up the Bruce Highway to play for Lightning?  Lightning have locked in a versatile and mobile defence unit by retaining South African duo Maweni and Pretorius and introducing former Thunderbird and English Rose, Kate Shimmin. Their midcourt is bolstered by former Firebird Mahalia Cassidy and exciting newcomer Ash Unit who impressed in her few minutes on court in the 2020 season.

 

2021 Squad

Coach: Kylee Byrne

SHOOTERS:

Cara Koenan

Peace Proscovia

Steph Wood

 

 

MIDCOURT:

Maddy McAuliffe

Mahalia Cassidy

Laura Scherian

Ashlee Unie

 

DEFENCE:

Phumza Maweni

Karla Pretorius

Kate Shimmin

 

 

 

Will this current squad stay together for Stacey Marinkovich’s last season? Photo: Marcela Massey

West Coast Fever

Coach: Stacey Marinkovich

2020 Contracted Athletes

Jess Anstiss

Courtney Bruce

Verity Charles

Ingrid Colyer

Shannon Eagland

Jhaniele Fowler

Stacey Francis

Olivia Lewis

Kaylia Stanton

Alice Teague-Neeld

 

2020 Nominated Athletes

Sunday Aryang

Emma Cosh

Courtney Kruta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the saying ‘defence wins premierships’ is true, then the West Coast Fever have their eye on the prize in 2021. They have elected to sign four defenders for Stacey Marinkovich’s last season at the helm. Though, with Stacey Francis spending more and more time in the midcourt, expect this to be a regular position for her next season. On 25 October, Fever rounded out their 10 player squad with the addition of former Thunderbird, Sasha Glasgow.

 

Jhaniele Fowler and Alice Teague-Neeld will play together again in 2021. Photo: Marcela Massey

2021 Squad

Coach: Stacey Marinkovich

SHOOTERS:

Jhaniele Fowler

Sasha Glasgow

Alice Teague-Neeld

 

 

MIDCOURT:

Jess Anstiss

Verity Charles

Emma Cosh

 

 

DEFENCE:

Sunday Aryang

Courtney Bruce

Stacey Francis

Olivia Lewis

 

 

 

Confirmed Un-Signed 2020 Athletes

The following are a list of athletes who are confirmed as ‘free agents’.

From Adelaide Thunderbirds:

Chelsea Pitman – Club opted to not renew her contract

Layla Guscoth – Returning to England to continue her medical career

 

From Giants Netball:

Teigan O’Shannassy

 

From Queensland Firebirds

Ine-Mari Venter – She advised she intends to seek opportunities overseas

 

From New South Wales Swifts

Sophie Craig

 

From Sunshine Coast Lightning

Annika-Lee Jones – Will depart the club in search of more court time

 

From West Coast Fever

Ingrid Colyer

Shannon Eagland

About the Author:

Netball loon since discovering it wasn't as girly a sport as first thought. 20 years on, lives and breathes netball. Can even credit it with introducing me to my husband! Queensland Firebirds fan for life. I have a degree in Professional Writing and Publishing and work as a freelance writer when I am not writing for Scoop.

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