FAMILIAR FACES AND RISING STARS OF NSW NETBALL NAMED AS 2019 GIANTS NETBALL TRAINING PARTNERS
GIANTS Netball have locked in their Training Partners for the 2019 season, announcing that NSW players Toni Anderson, Maddie Hay, Georgia Marshall and Latika Tombs have signed on with the team for next year
Toni Anderson will be welcomed back to the GIANTS Netball family after making her elite netball debut with the team in the 2017 Suncorp Super Netball season. Anderson is a talented defender from NSW, who is able to play across GD, GK and WD. She came up through the Netball NSW pathways after making her representative debut with the NSW 17/U Team in 2013.
After that, she represented NSW in the 19/U team in 2014 and the 21/U team in 2016. On the national level, she represented Australia in the 17/U squad in 2013 and the 19/U squad in 2014-15. She also played for the Netball NSW Blues in 2014 and on a side in the Deakin University Australian Netball League (DUANL) in 2016. In 2017, Anderson made the Australian World Youth Cup Squad and during the 2018 season she in the UK Superleague competition.
Maddie Hay has been a Training Partner with GIANTS Netball since the team’s inaugural season in 2017. The midcourter is another product of the NSW pathways, having been named to the NSW 17/U team in 2011-12, the 19/U team in 2013 and the 21/U team in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
She was a member of the NSW Blues in 2012-13 and played in the DUANL from 2014-18, the last two years as a member of the GIANTS Netball affiliated Canberra GIANTS. Hay made her debut at the elite level in the ANZ Championships in 2014. She represented Australia in the 17/U squad in 2012 and the 19/U squad in 2013.
A skilled attacker and shooter, Georgia Marshall was a GIANTS Netball Training Partner in 2018 and also a member of the Silver Medal winning Canberra GIANTS in the DUANL. She previously played with another team in the DUANL in 2016. Having developed as a player in the Netball NSW pathways, Marshall made the NSW 17/U team in 2012-13, the Netball NSW Blues in 2012-14 and the NSW 21/U team in 2016.
She was part of the NSWIS team (a joint endeavour between Netball NSW and the New South Wales Institute of Sport) that played in the Super Club events in 2017 and 2018. Her Australian representation includes the 17/U squad in 2013 and the 19/U squad in 2014.
Latika Tombs was a temporary replacement player for GIANTS Netball in their Round 9 game against Adelaide Thunderbirds in Canberra earlier this year, although she didn’t take to the court during the match. A talent on the rise, the midcourter from NSW was the recipient of the Marj Groves AM Scholarship at the Netball NSW State Dinner earlier this month.
A member of the Manly Warringah Sapphires in the Netball NSW Premier League in 2018, Tombs also played in the NSW 19/U representative team in 2018 and was selected to the 17/U team in 2017. She was part of the NSWIS team that played in the Super Club event in New Zealand in 2018.
GIANTS Netball Training Partners are in a unique development position within the Netball NSW pathways, as they not only play in the Canberra GIANTS team in the DUANL, they also train alongside the professional athletes in the GIANTS Netball team, under the guidance of the GIANTS Netball coaching staff. It is a wonderful opportunity to advance their skills and prepare themselves for playing at the elite level. Three previous GIANTS Netball Training Partners – Kiera Austin, Amy Parmenter and Teigan O’Shannassy – have all gone on to be offered positions in the GIANTS Netball playing ten. Austin made her debut in 2018, while Parmenter and O’Shannassy are set to debut in 2019.
GIANTS Netball Head Coach Julie Fitzgerald has nothing but praise for the four players who will be training alongside the GIANTS in 2019.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Georgia, Latika, Maddie and Toni to the 2019 GIANTS as Training Partners. They are four young players who have proven their skills in NSW and Australian representative teams and in the semi-elite DUANL competition.
“We are excited to have Toni re-join us at GIANTS Netball as a Training Partner in 2019. She returns to us with vital experience from her time playing in the Superleague competition and we are so pleased to welcome her back to the GIANTS family.
“Maddie, Latika and Georgia are also familiar faces for the GIANTS, after training with the team in 2018 – Latika after her announcement as a temporary replacement player midway through the 2018 season. I have seen all three take huge strides in their development as players during that time and I cannot wait to see how they continue to progress in the future.
“All four are wonderful examples of the talent that is evident in the NSW pathways and we are committed to continuing to support their development, along with the development of other up-and-coming players in the State,” says Fitzgerald.
GIANTS Netball are already gearing up for 2019, with 2019 Membership renewals opening soon. Those interested in becoming a 2019 Member can register their interest here to receive information about 2019 Memberships once details are announced.