BIRTHPLACE Newcastle, NSW
POSITIONS GK, GD
ELITE CAPS 71
JUNIOR CLUB West Leagues Netball Club
ASSOCIATION Newcastle Netball Association
A proud product of the Netball NSW player pathways, Sam Poolman started as a junior netballer at West Leagues Netball Club in Newcastle. She was a staple of the Australian underage squads, making her first representative netball team at the age of 12 and going on to be named to every State and National team for her age group as she progressed through the pathways. During this time, she won five National Netball Championship titles.
The agile defender, who has made a name for herself as one of the toughest goal defenders in professional netball, made her elite debut in 2013 as a member of the Trans-Tasman Netball League 2013 Premiership winning Adelaide Thunderbirds. She played with the team for three years, making her mark in the netball world and garnering attention around the league.
Poolman was selected to be one of the inaugural GIANTS Netball team members and GIANT #7 when the team made its debut in the Suncorp Super Netball League in 2017.
In 2017, she was named as the GIANTS Netball Members’ Player of the Year, reflecting her popularity with the team’s fanbase and the respect held for her as an elite athlete.
On the international level, Poolman has represented her country at the 2017 and 2018 Fast5 Netball World Series competitions and was also named as an Australian Diamonds Training Partner during the squad’s 2017 Quad Series preparations.
As part of the GIANTS Netball Leadership Group, 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 in 2019.2
2018 Australian Fast5 Team – Captain
2017 Australian Fast5 Team (Bronze Medal)
2017 GIANTS Netball Members’ Player of the Year
2013 trans-Tasman Netball League Premiers (Adelaide Thunderbirds)
2011 Australian Institute of Sport Scholarshi