Netball Victoria has announced the teams for the 2014 Victorian Fury and Victorian Flames, the state’s two elite teams competing in the Australian Netball League (ANL).
Undefeated champions in the 2013 season, Fury will look to defend their national crown when the team travels to Perth for their opening game on Saturday 12 July.
Last year Netball Victoria made the decision to invest in introducing a second Victorian team into the competition, with the Flames impressive in their inaugural ANL season finishing the year in third position.
Netball Victoria General Manager Netball Operations, Michelle Gerdtz said the high calibre of the two teams is a testament to the level of netball in Victoria and an exciting prospect for young netballers in the state.
“We are extremely confident that the athletes we have selected for our Victorian Fury and Victorian Flames teams will not only represent their state with distinction but they will also benefit hugely from exposure on the national level and an elite training environment,” Ms Gerdtz said.
“The selection process for the teams was highly competitive and based around athletes who are currently performing very well at the Victorian Netball League level and those with potential to progress through the player pathway to Melbourne Vixens level.”
“Having two teams represent Victoria in this competition is beneficial not only to the athletes, but also the coaching staff, umpires and officials. These people now have the opportunity to compete on the national stage and work their way through the Netball Victoria pathway system.”
The Fury and Flames will play home games at the Waverley Netball Centre.
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
Kaitlyn Black – Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels
Melissa Bragg – Geelong Cougars
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
Michaela Vaughn – Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels
*Please note the 15 player in the Victoria Flames will be named in the coming weeks.
Head Coach: Cathy Fellows
Assistant Coach: Leesa Gallard
Team Manager Lauren Darvell
Apprentice Coach: Katie Upton
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.