After a massive end to last season, the Super Netball powerhouse NSW Swifts will be seeking back-to-back triumphs upon the league's resumption.
Re-signed: Sam Wallace, Maddy Proud, Helen Housby, Maddy Turner, Sarah Klau, Lauren Moore, Nat Haythornthwaite, Sam Wallace, Paige Hadley
In- Sophie Craig (Elevated from training partner)
Out- Kate Eddy (Melbourne Vixens), Katrina Rore* (New Zealand)
*temporary replacement player
What happened last season
It was a great season from the Swifts, winning their first premiership since 2008.
The road to glory was no easy feat. After an awesome start to the season, tragedy struck when the Swifts lost captain Maddy Proud to a nasty ACL injury, then young defender Kate Eddy to also to injury.
They did, however, bring in experience for a temporary replacement player in New Zealand Silver Fern Katrina Rore.
What to look forward to
The return of Maddy Proud, after suffering a nasty injury against the Firebirds.
She missed last year’s grand final win, so it is going to be a tough Swift’s team to defeat adding Proud back into that midcourt.
You can also look forward to seeing a fully fit Swifts line up, after last season was riddled with injury. Get ready to see a fit and firing Swifts line up in 2020.
Three Integral players
Helen Housby: The England rose goaler is a game-changer, which she showed in the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medal match, scoring the winning goal to give England the gold medal.
Housby can flip a game on its head with her long-range shooting ability, she is dangerous anywhere in the circle. She is also a very smart player, being able to read off her fellow attackers.
Paige Hadley: Hadley is one of the most underrated midcourters in the competition, she’s always flying under the radar, but makes a big impact in the Swifts line up.
Her delivery into the goal circle is outstanding, and the way she is able to start that link-up play between the defenders and the attackers is outstanding.
Sarah Klau: Last season was a season to remember for Klau, having a breakout season and put her name up for Diamond selection, making her Diamond debut in the Netball World Cup this year.
With her partner in crime in Maddy Turner, she gives the shooters nightmares. Klau is one of the up and coming defenders in this competition, and your certainty haven’t seen the best of her yet.
A scary thought for any opposition team.
One to watch
Sophie Craig (nee Halpin) is one to watch.
Her first season as a permeant listed player for the Swifts, she can play anywhere in the midcourt and is able to run it really well. In an already young Swifts line up; she complements the side very well.
With the loss of Kate Eddy, Craig has the potential to fit in that spot and really make it her own. Craig was a Replacement player last season, which allowed her to play in the 2019 premiership win over the Sunshine Coast Lightning.
The future is certainly bright for Craig and it’s only going to go up from here. Craig spoke to Swifts Media about her elevation to the senior list:
“It’s a dream come true. Hopefully, I can get on court and preform and go back to back.”