Future stars in focus
The inaugural year of Suncorp Super Netball has seen some fabulous talent on display.
Some talent are established superstars, some are old legs reinventing themselves and some are emerging stars that will grace the elite netball courts of Australia and the world for years to come.
So far this season we have seen:
- 89 elite athletes play Suncorp Super Netball
- 43 players feature in all 12 games
- 25 players debut in a national league competition in Australia
- Out of the 25 debutants, four have played in all 12 games
- Sam Wallace (Swifts)
- Jessica Anstiss (Fever)
- Fiona Themann (Thunderbirds)
- Karla Mostert (Lightning)
This week, we feature five up and coming athletes that we anticipate to see in the years to come.
SAM WALLACE (NSW SWIFTS – GOAL SHOOTER)
23-year-old Sam Wallace has been a great inclusion for the NSW Swifts. Standing at 193cm, Wallace debuted on a national league level in the English Super League with Hertfordshire Mavericks in 2016.
She has however already played 32 internationals for Trinidad and Tobago. This season she has been one of the Swifts best.
Playing goal shooter, Wallace has scored 436 goals (fourth best in the league) from 488 attempts for a shooting percentage of 89.3% (fifth best).
Wallace is also the fifth best for offensive rebounds with 21. Having a season of Australian league netball under her belt, she will only get better which is good news for the Swifts but not so good news for the defenders of the future.
JESSICA ANSTISS (WEST COAST FEVER – WING DEFENCE)
Jessica Anstiss has been a rock for the Fever in the midcourt this season.
She has played all games in her debut season and her consistent form has seen her selected in the Australian World Youth Cup Team that will be playing in Botswana in July.
The season Anstiss stats have been impressive. She is ranked eighth for intercepts with 29, has deflected the ball 19 times, had 45 feeds into the shooting circle and has only turned the ball over seven times.
ALICE TEAGUE-NEELD (MAGPIE NETBALL – GOAL ATTACK)
In her third national league season (15 games for the Melbourne Vixens), Teague-Neeld has played 10 games this season.
With the season ending injury to her team mate Cody Lange, Teague-Neeld will be an important part of the Magpies tilt at this season’s title.
Teague-Neeld has so far this season scored 62 goals from 96 attempts. She has 31 goal assists, 46 feeds, 126 centre pass receives (second for the Magpies), five intercepts and seven deflections.
Teague-Neeld has also been selected for Australia’s World Youth Cup Team.
EMILY MANNIX (MELBOURNE VIXENS – GOAL KEEPER)
Emily Mannix, the 23-year-old, 188cm goal keeper for the Melbourne Vixens has been sensational this season.
Australia has produced some superstar goal keepers over the years, and Mannix has all the skills to continue that production line.
Mannix has taken 27 intercepts so far which places her seventh in the competition. She is sixth for deflections with 52 and ninth for defensive rebounds with 17.
For the Vixens to hold up the trophy they need Mannix firing, and based on her form to date there is no doubt she will continue to.
JAMIE-LEE PRICE (GIANTS NETBALL – WING DEFENCE)
Considering 21-year-old Jamie-Lee Price currently has 56 national league games to her name (44 for WBOP Magic and 12 for the Giants) you would think she is a seasoned veteran.
She debut at national league level when she was only 17 years old and since crossing back over the Tasman in 2017, Price’s form has gone to another level under her old Magic coach, Julie Fitzgerald.
Her selection in Australia’s World Youth Cup Team is well and truly warranted.
Playing all 12 games this season at wing defence with the odd cameo at centre, Price has taken 33 centre pass receives, 15 intercepts, 32 deflections and 11 loose-ball pickups.
Price has only 10 turnovers to her name which is extremely impressive considering she has played all but three minutes this season.
The Australian Netball Diamonds currently hold the two highest honours in world netball – the Netball World Cup and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallists. If the current crop of junior talent coming through is anything to go by, Australian netball is in safe hands to contest these in the future.
By Christian Eshman, Sports Manager Champion Data
All stats provided by Champion Data
(Official Data Provider to Netball Australia and Suncorp Super Netball)