Fury and Flames appoint captains for 2014 ANL season

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Netball Victoria is pleased to announce the appointment of the Victorian Fury and Victorian Flames leadership groups for the 2014 Australian Netball League (ANL) season.

With the Fury and Flames kicking off their season campaign this weekend in Perth, the Fury have selected former Melbourne Vixen and Australian Diamonds squad member Johannah Curran (Monash University Storm) as captain and current Melbourne Vixen Caitlyn Strachan (Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels) as vice-captain.

Both players are highly valued with their respective Victorian Netball League clubs and have a wealth of experience under their belts having both played in the ANZ Championship.

Flames have named co-captains in Holly-Anne Hood (Peninsula Waves) and Chloe Watson (City West Falcons). Watson was named the Championship Division Most Valuable Player over the weekend at the 2014 VNL Awards night.

Watson said she was ecstatic to receive the honour of co-captaincy in a side where their potential is yet to be discovered.

“I’m honoured to have been named as a co-captain in the Victorian Flames team for this season,” Ms Watson said.

“I’m so excited for the season to start. It’s a completely new team and we’ve come together really well over the last couple of months, so it will be great to finally get the opportunity to play together as a group.”

Netball Victoria High Performance Manager Rebekah Webster said having two teams participate in the ANL competition was vital to the athletes player development at the elite level, but also provided opportunities for coaches, umpires and officials to progress in their respective fields.

“We have four very capable athletes in a position to be leaders to their teammates both on and off the court with the full backing of the coaching staff and the playing group,” Ms Webster said.

“Last year the Fury were undefeated when they took out the Australian Netball League title and Flames finished third in their inaugural season.”

“We have a real mix of experience and youth in both sides and know this season will be a challenge given the calibre of players within the Australian system, but we cannot wait to see our Fury and Flames athletes hit the netball court.”

Fury begin their title defence this weekend in Perth with matches against the Western Sting and Territory Storm, with Flames also facing off against the same teams on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Victorian Fury

Captain: Johannah Curran – Monash University

Vice-captain: Caitlyn Strachan – Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels

Victorian Flames

Co-captains: Holly-Anne Hood – Peninsula Waves

Co-captains: Chloe Watson – City West Falcons

 

Match results will be posted LIVE on Netball Victoria Facebook and Twitter accounts with full match reports available after the weekends action wraps up.

 

2014 Victorian Fury Team

Elle Bennetts -VU Western Lighting

Kelsey Browne – Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels

Lauren Close – Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels

Johanna Curran – Monash University Storm

Shannon Eagland – Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels

Stacey Gannon – DC North East Blaze

Erin Hoare – Melbourne Vixens /Boroondara Genesis

Maggie Lind – City West Falcons

Simone Nalder – DC North East Blaze

Stephanie Puopolo – Queensland Firebirds

Leah Reilly – Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels

Amy Steel – Melbourne Vixens/Southern Saints

Caitlyn Strachan – Melbourne Vixens/ Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels

Alice Teague-Neeld – City West Falcons

Joanna Weston – Melbourne Vixens/Boroondara Genesis

 

Head Coach: Kristy Keppich-Birrel

Assistant Coach: Robynn Pym

Team Manager: Ann Marie Poston

Apprentice Coach: Wendy Jacobsen

 

2014 Victorian Flames Team

Kaitlyn Black – Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels

Melissa Bragg – Geelong Cougars

Jane Cook – 17/U Victorian State Team

Lara Dunkley – Boroondara Genesis

Kate Eddy – Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels

Holly-Anne Hood – Peninsula Waves

Emily Mannix – City West Falcons

Clare Moylan – City West Falcons

Stacey Northey – Monash University Storm

Ella Priestly – DC North East Blaze

Gabrielle Sinclair – Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels

Andrea Tai – City West Falcons

Lauren Tscharke – Monash University Storm

Chloe Watson – City West Falcons

Mikaela Vaughan – Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels

 

Head Coach: Cathy Fellows

Assistant Coach: Leesa Gallard

Team Manager Lauren Darvell

Apprentice Coach: Katie Upton

 

 

2014 Australian Netball League Home Game Fixture:

Friday 18 July 2014

5.00pm: Victorian Flames v Southern Force

7.00pm: Victorian Fury v NSW Blues

 

Saturday 19 July 2014

7.00pm: Victorian Flames v NSW Blues

8.30pm: Victorian Fury v Southern Force

 

Sunday 20 July 2014

10.00am: Southern Force v NSW Blues

12.00pm: Victorian Fury v Victorian Flames

 

Saturday 16 August 2014

7.00pm: Victorian Fury v NSW Waratahs

8:30pm: Victorian Flames v Southern Fusion

 

Sunday 17 August 2014

10.00am: Victorian Fury v Queensland Fusion

12.00pm: Victorian Flames v NSW Waratahs

 

Victoria will host the ANL Finals Series on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 August 2014. For a full draw please click here.