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.
Captain: Johannah Curran – Monash University
Vice-captain: Caitlyn Strachan – Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels
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.