Reply To: ANZ CHAMPIONSHIP 2008-2016

Reply To: ANZ CHAMPIONSHIP 2008-20162022-11-29T01:42:30+10:00

Forums Statistics Archive ANZ CHAMPIONSHIP 2008-2016 Reply To: ANZ CHAMPIONSHIP 2008-2016

Ian Harkin
    Post count: 17316

    2011 saw a tightening of the import rules for the ANZ Championship. Instead of the confusion and unevenness of previous seasons, from 2011, the rule was definite – each team could have one player classified as an import and no more. This meant some high-profile moves, most especially Geva Mentor moving to Vixens, as Thunderbirds preferred to keep Jamaican shooter Carla Borrego.

    With a World Championships in Singapore in mind, the competition was condensed into 12 weeks with teams playing double-header weekends. 2011 was also the year that Christchurch was hit by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Apart from the tragic loss of life and the devastation caused to the city, the quake also badly disrupted Tactix’s season with two of their home games having to be played at the opposition’s venue.

    After finishing just outside the finals in the previous two seasons, the Queensland Firebirds put it all together in 2011 and went through the entire season undefeated. Even losing their captain Lauren Nourse to injury, didn’t halt their run. Laura Geitz took over the reins and led the team to victory over Northern Mystics in the grand final. Another high-profile player to succumb to injury was Sharelle McMahon. Both she and Nourse had to miss the World Championships.



    Queensland Firebirds
    ADAMS, Candace
    AIKEN, Romelda
    GEITZ, Laura
    MACLEOD, Elissa
    MCMENIMAN, Clare
    MEDHURST, Natalie
    NOURSE, Lauren (capt)
    PITMAN, Chelsea
    RUSSELL, Jacqui
    STEEL, Amy
    TROMPF, Kierra
    WELLS, Ameliaranne
    * LETTON, April (Injury Replacement Player)
    Coach: Roselee Jencke

    New South Wales Swifts
    BRAZILL, Ashleigh
    BULLEY, Rebecca
    COX, Catherine (capt)
    DZIWOKI, Carla
    GERRARD, Mo’onia
    GREEN, Kimberlee
    MKOLOMA, Sonia
    PRATLEY, Susan
    SMITH, Kimberley
    TAIRI, Courtney
    WARE, Vanessa
    WILD, Amorette
    Coach: Julie Fitzgerald

    Melbourne Vixens
    BROWNE, Madison
    CALDWELL, Tegan
    CHATFIELD, Bianca (co-capt)
    CORLETTO, Julie
    HALLINAN, Renae
    KNOTT, Kathleen
    MCMAHON, Sharelle (co-capt)
    MENTOR, Geva
    TREGEAR, Chelsey
    WALL, Sarah
    WILSON, Micaela
    * EAGLAND, Shannon (Injury Replacement Player)
    * PUOPOLO, Stephanie (Injury Replacement Player)
    Coach: Julie Hoornweg

    Adelaide Thunderbirds
    BEATON, Emily
    BEATON, Georgia
    BELL, Erin
    BORREGO, Carla
    GITEAU, Bianca
    KEENE, Jasmine
    LAYTON, Sharni
    PROUD, Madeleine
    RICHARDS, Kara
    SHIMMIN, Kate
    SUTTON, Joanne
    VON BERTOUCH, Natalie (capt)
    Coach: Jane Woodlands-Thompson

    West Coast Fever
    AGBEZE, Ama
    BASSETT, Caitlin
    BOLTON, Shae
    BRUCE, Courtney
    CURRAN, Johannah (capt)
    EBBOTT, Sarah
    FUHRMANN, Susan
    GILMORE, Andrea
    HOWARD, Ashlee
    JANZ, Alicia
    JANZ, Josie
    SHOARD, Leah
    Coach: Jane Searle

    Northern Mystics
    CULLEN, Kayla
    DEHN, Megan
    GEORGE, Temepara (capt)
    HENRY, Joline
    LATU, Cathrine
    MCALISTER, Kayla
    MES, Bailey
    MOUKDS, Jessica
    RASMUSSEN, Grace
    RASMUSSEN, Rachel
    SCARLETT, Anna
    TUTAIA, Maria
    Coach: Debbie Fuller

    Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
    GUPWELL, Jamilah
    LANGMAN, Laura (capt)
    MIKAERE, Erena
    NAOUPU, Julianna
    SCHOLZ, Peta
    SOLIA, Frances
    TOD, Jodi
    TUKI, Jess
    VAN DYK, Irene
    WALL, Arahi
    WILLIAMS, Casey
    Coach: Noeline Taurua

    Central Pulse
    CASSIDY, Alanah
    GRANT, Katrina (capt)
    LEES, Camilla
    LICHTWARK, Cushla
    MANU, Bessie
    MILNER-OLSEN, Ngarama
    SMITH, Victoria
    THWAITES, Caitlin
    TOPIA, Jade
    Coach: Yvette McCausland-Durie

    Canterbury Tactix
    BOWDEN, Maree (capt)
    EVERING, Kasey
    FINCH, Phillipa
    GALVAN, Anna
    HALPENNY, Ellen
    HIJIWAI, Kiley
    KIGHT, Charlotte
    POFF, Hannah
    PULU, Finau
    THOMPSON, Anna
    TRIP, Jo
    WILKINS, Donna
    Coach: Helen Mahon-Stroud

    Southern Steel
    BURGESS, Erika
    CHOKLJAT, Natasha
    DE BRUIN, Leana
    FENWICK, Sophia
    FREW, Wendy (co-capt)
    GRIFFIN, Paula
    LEOTA, Liana (co-capt)
    SAUNDERS, Hayley
    SCANLAN, Sheryl
    SELBY-RICKIT, Te Huinga Reo
    WIPIITI, Daneka
    Coach: Robyn Broughton


    Gerrard hails return to Swifts

    The New South Wales Swifts have confirmed the return of drawcard Mo’onia Gerrard for the 2011 Trans-Tasman Championship season and the ferocious defender is excited to back in her “Manly hood”. Gerrard said she was glad to be back in her home state with her family, including partner, New South Wales Waratahs rugby player Dave Dennis. “It’s an exciting time for me, I guess, to back at home amongst familiar faces and scenery – that’s pretty exciting for me,” the netball pin-up said.

    As well as her sporting endeavours, entrepreneurial pursuits have also brought Gerrard back to Sydney. “On top of that I have a small (children’s clothing) business… one of the main reasons I wanted to come back,” the 29-year-old said. Gerrard played with the Swifts from 2003-07 and it is no coincidence they won three premierships in that time. She then left Sydney for Adelaide in 2007 and was integral the Thunderbirds’ upset of the Swifts in this year’s preliminary final on the way to securing the title. The Swifts had won every game in 2010 until losing to the Thunderbirds.

    Gerrard said she was unperturbed about playing with or against old team-mates, saying on the court it was business as usual. “I’ve been with other teams since ’08… so whoever I’m playing with doesn’t bother me at all,” she said. Swifts coach Julie Fitzgerald said she was excited to have Gerrard back in her home state. “Mo’onia has been one of the larger than life figures in the Netball New South Wales community and it’s a delight to have her back playing for the Swifts,” Fitzgerald said. With the Commonwealth Games in Delhi this October, the modest Gerrard is downplaying her certain call up for the Diamonds. “I’m hoping to get into the twelves,” she said. “Hopefully I will be hearing my name being called out.”


    Wilkins reignites career with Canterbury Tactix

    Former international Donna Wilkins will return to top-level netball after signing to play for Canterbury Tactix in next year’s transtasman league. The 32-year-old goal shoot last played in the league for Southern Steel last year before sitting out this season and giving birth last month to her second child. A veteran of 64 tests, Wilkins first appeared at provincial level for Canterbury 16 years ago.

    A dual international, she also represented her country at basketball, appearing at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and 2006 Commonwealth Games, as well as playing for the Connecticut Suns in the WNBA in the United States in 2006. “It’s nice to come back to Canterbury to where my netball career started,” Wilkins said. “I’m very keen to play in a team where I believe I can make a difference while sharing my knowledge with such talented young players.”

    Wilkins, who lives on a farm in northern Southland, said there would be plenty of babysitters in Christchurch. “I have a strong base of family and friends in the city, which is awesome.” Tactix coach Helen Mahon-Stroud said Wilkins would have a significant influence on her team. “While her presence on the court will be invaluable, I think her influence outside match day will be equally important.”


    Mystics pull off a coup with newest recruit
    Dana Johannsen

    The Northern Mystics have sprung a late surprise in their line-up for next season, with former Australian shooter Megan Dehn set to be named in the Auckland squad when the teams are released today. Dehn, who has played for the Southern Steel for the past three seasons, had hoped to return to Invercargill next year but a failed citizenship bid ended her chances. The Steel had signed Natasha Chokljat from the Melbourne Vixens and under the rules could not have two ineligible players on their books.

    The crafty Australian shooter was going through the process of getting citizenship, but failed to meet the residency requirements. Sensing an opening, the Mystics pounced and were able to secure the veteran for what is expected to be her final season in the transtasman league. Dehn said after failing to secure her residency she was considering retiring, but a strong sales pitch from Mystics captain Temepara George convinced her to make the move to Auckland for one last hurrah. “Temepara had a good chat with me and she can be very persuasive.”

    Dehn formed a friendship with George when the pair played together in the now defunct Northern Force franchise in the old domestic league. “I started my career over there in Auckland, so it’ll be nice to finish off with them. “Because I worked over there for that year and a half I was there, I have quite a lot of friends in Auckland, so it’s kind of not an issue to move away from home, it’s somewhere I have a lot of ties to already.”

    While the inclusion of Dehn is a huge shot in the arm for the Mystics campaign, Silver Ferns management might not be quite so overjoyed with the announcement. With the 36-year-old able to cover both shooting positions as well as wing attack, any court time she receives will come at the expense of test incumbents Maria Tutaia and Grace Rasmussen, or Fern-in-waiting Cathrine Latu. But Mystics coach Debbie Fuller stressed Dehn is there to provide back-up from the bench and to offer versatility – similar to the role Jenny-May Coffin, now the Mystics assistant coach, provided last season.

    “It is a really tough competition, so you need to assemble a deep squad. Having somebody like Megan who is experienced and offers a different approach to the attacking game I think will provide an element of unpredictability for our team,” said Fuller. The final place in the Mystics squad will be filled by Auckland Waitakere midcourter Kayla McAlister, younger sister of All Black Luke. McAlister, who as a teenager played for the Western Flyers in the National Bank Cup, has been a training partner with the Mystics for the past year.

    The Vixens have also pulled off a big coup at the 11th hour, signing England defender and star of the Adelaide Thunderbirds for the past three seasons, Geva Mentor. The new eligibility rules prevented the Thunderbirds from keeping both Jamaican shooter Carla Borrego and Mentor on their books. Joining Mentor in returning to the league is her defensive partner in the national side, Sonia Mkoloma (NSW Swifts) – a move that could signal the end of their international careers.

    In a statement released yesterday, England Netball confirmed the star duo’s decision means they will be ineligible for selection in next year’s world championships in Singapore. England Netball claims the national squad collectively agreed two years ago that they would all remain in Britain in 2011 to play in the Superleague to prioritise England’s preparations.

    Go to Top