GIANTS Netball have completed their team roster for 2019 after securing the signature of their 10th player – up-and-coming New South Wales defender Matilda McDonell. The addition of McDonell takes the total of New South Wales players on the team to eight, which showcases that GIANTS Netball truly is a team that represents the state.
Meet the 2019 GIANTS Netball team:
Kim Green | GIANT #1
Known for her strategic vision, bullet passes and clever circle feeds, 32-year-old Kim Green will now play her 200th elite national netball game as a GIANT in 2019. She made an impressive return to the game at the beginning of 2018 after a season-ending ACL injury in 2017, not missing a beat in helping lead GIANTS to lock-in a Top 4 spot for the duration of the season and finishing the regular season with the third most goal assists (338).
Jo Harten | GIANT #2
29-year-old Jo Harten, who has signed a multi-year deal with GIANTS Netball and showed her versatility as a shooter this year. With a remarkable reach, creative plays and a uniquely defensive mindset for an attacker, Harten was a real playmaker for GIANTS in 2018. The English international had a massive 2018, including winning gold with the England Roses at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and was the GIANTS’ top goal scorer with 453 goals from 520 goal attempts.
Sam Poolman | GIANT #7
As part of the GIANTS Netball Leadership Group, Sam Poolman recorded the best defensive stats for GIANTS during the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball regular season, taking 16 intercepts and 17 defensive rebounds, while making 40 deflections. Poolman will be a strong leader within the defensive team for 2019.
GIANTS Netball have added the talents of a superstar of Australian netball to their roster, with shooter Caitlin Bassett signing with the Club for three years. Bassett will join the GIANTS line-up for 2019, bringing with her an impressive résumé and world-class netball skills.
The two-time Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) Grand Final champion and MVP of this year’s Grand Final match Bassett will offer a variety of options in the circle.
30-year-old Bassett made her entry into elite netball in 2005 with West Coast Fever and has played 183 national league games. For the last two years she has been a standout for Lightning in the circle. She finished the 2017 SSN season as the most accurate shooter in the competition, with a remarkable 94% accuracy, while during the 2018 regular season, Bassett netted 553 goals from 601 attempts and registered 12 goal assists.
Her successes go beyond the national level, as current Samsung Australian Diamonds Captain Bassett has 86 test caps to her name and has taken home two Netball World Championship Gold Medals (2011 and 2014), a Commonwealth Games Gold Medal (2014) and a Commonwealth Games Silver Medal (2018).
Kiera Austin | GIANT #13
Kiera Austin debuted as a GIANT in the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball Round 2 match against the Adelaide Thunderbirds. Each subsequent appearance on court saw her develop her skills and presence as she battled against the best players in the world. She played three quarters in the Preliminary Final against Sunshine Coast Lightning, netting 12 of 16 attempts and showcasing creative plays against the reigning premiers. She has also been named as a Training Partner for the Samsung Australian Diamonds Team for their pre-departure September training camp.
21-year-old Amy Parmenter, who is fierce and relentless in the midcourt, was a 2017-18 Training Partner for GIANTS and a member of the Deakin University Australian Netball League’s Canberra GIANTS. Being a real force to be reckoned with on court during the latter’s road to winning the Silver Medal in the 2018 Deakin University ANL Grand Final. After two years as a Training Partner with the team, her elevation to the playing squad for 2019 shows the deep confidence the Club has in her abilities.
The player, who is from New South Wales, was overwhelmed to be offered a contract with GIANTS and says that she couldn’t contain her excitement about the opportunity.
“I’m pretty speechless to be honest. It’s an absolute dream come true to have received the call from Julie (Fitzgerald) and to know that next year I’ll get to be a GIANT.
Jamie-Lee Price | GIANT #5
Named to the Samsung Australian Diamonds squad for 2018/19 and elevated to the team fro the Constellation Cup, Jamie-Lee Price has been a dynamite defender for GIANTS Netball in the 2018 season and has dominated in the midcourt no matter the teams GIANTS have faced. Price an agile and strong player is able to seamlessly switch between playing Wing Defence and Centre to provide a multiple mid court arrangements.
Kristiana Manu’a | GIANT #12
23-year-old Kristiana Manu’a was a major impact player for GIANTS Netball in 2018 after missing the 2017 season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. Manu’a made her debut as a GIANT in the team’s 2018 Suncorp Super Netball Round 1 match against Sunshine Coast Lightning and was a standout for GIANTS during their finals campaign, with her intense defensive play putting heavy pressure on her opponents.
GIANTS Netball elevated 2018 Training Partner Teigan O’Shannassy to a member of the 2019 team, although the defender will miss most of the 2019 season after suffering an Achilles injury during the Super Club competition in New Zealand. O’Shannassy has been a standout in defender for GIANTS Netball’s ANL team Canberra GIANTS and was one of the crucial players in their successful 2018 season where they took home the Silver Medal in the Grand Final.
18-year-old Matilda McDonell will be stepping out of the classroom and onto the court, as the young player will graduate from high school at the end of 2018 before making her Suncorp Super Netball debut in 2019. McDonell will bring with her plenty of determination, along with a quick and athletic style, making her an exciting addition to the GIANTS Netball squad.
Another elite netballer who has come up through the Netball NSW pathways, McDonnell showed great potential in the 2018 Deakin University Australian Netball League, was a member of this year’s NSWIS Super Club team and for the last three years played in the Netball NSW Premier League, firstly for the Manly Warringah Sapphires and then for UTS Sparks in 2017 and 2018. She represented her state in the 2015 15/U All Schools team, 2015 15/U Australian School Girls team, 2016 NSW 17/U team and 2017 NSW 17/U team and made this year’s 19/U Australian squad.