It's not often that on your first day in the job you are tasked with stopping a world-class professional from achieving their goal.
Well that was what debutante Macy Gardner faced when she ran onto the court for her first Queensland Firebirds and Suncorp Super Netball game.
The 19-year-old came up against Netball World Cup gold medalist and Sunshine Coast Lightning centre Laura Langman.
While she was only on court for eight minutes, Gardner made the most of it with four goal assists and six feeds while also putting her body on the line, throwing herself across to intercept a pass to Langman.
“Playing against Laura Langman was pretty scary but I tried to think of it as just another netball game," Gardner said.
"The intensity was definitely a lot higher than a Fusion game but it was so good to get out there and have a go."
The Melbourne-born player is also the youngest in the Super Netball competition.
Gardner, who has been a training partner for the Firebirds throughout the 2018 and 2019 season, played for the Queensland Fusion in the Australian Netball League. Earlier this year she was named MVP at National Under 19 Championships.
Firebirds coach Roselee Jencke said the young player’s debut was solid.
“When she came onto the court she created space for Jemma and Gretel and Romelda to work in and played her role really well. She protected the ball well and protected her space well,” Jencke said.
“To just get on with it without overthinking it; just playing and keeping it really simple and executing the game plan, it was a great first effort,” she said.