Preparations are well underway as Australia gear up for the Fast5 Netball World Series on the 27 and 28 October at Melbourne Arena.
Fast5 Netball is fast, exciting and energetic – with different rules to regular netball, giving it a quicker edge including: five players-a-side, shortened quarters, multiple point shots and double point power plays.
Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich will lead the team for the second year running and said she was looking forward building on the playing group’s positive Suncorp Super Netball season.
“It’s been a bit mixed to what players have been doing, Marinkovich said.
“Some of the players have had to have a break after a hectic Suncorp Super Netball season and then you have players that have also been in the Diamonds squad.”
Australia will look to build on their 2017 third place finish, with a youthful squad featuring three Samsung Australian Diamonds and with six new additions.
“We can make sure the players can see what the game is all about and highlight things within different clips to make sure they understand the strategy in which we want to play.”
“I think it’s going to show the growth and depth that Australia actually has,”
“Even though it’s a different style of game, anytime you get to play against an international opposition in a pressure situation can only grow you as a player.”
The Australian team will boast Netball WA products Jess Anstiss and Kaylia Stanton, along with fellow Fever star Verity Charles.
The Australian Fast5 team will gather in Melbourne on Tuesday 23 October for a pre-series training camp.
A full schedule for the series can be found here: http://fast5worldseries.com.au/event-schedule/
Tickets for the Fast5 Netball World Series, presented by Deakin University, are available via: http://fast5worldseries.com.au/tickets/
The Fast5 World Series will be broadcast live on 9Gem.
2018 Australian Fast5 Netball World Series team
1. Jessica Anstiss – Western Australia
2. Kiera Austin – New South Wales
3. Verity Charles – New South Wales
4. Sophie Garbin – Western Australia
5. Matilda Garrett – Victoria
6. Kimberley Jenner – Queensland
7. Sarah Klau – South Australia
8. Kate Moloney – Victoria
9. Samantha Poolman – New South Wales
10. Kaylia Stanton – Western Australia