New South Wales team announced
Saturday December 8, 2007
The team to represent New South Wales in the new Netball Trans-Tasman Championship was launched earlier this week.
To be known as the Swifts, the team features a mix of experience including veteran goaler Cath Cox and exciting young defender Emma Koster.
Australian goaler Cox will captain the team and four-time Commonwealth Bank Trophy premiership coach Julie Fitzgerald is the coach.
Cox said it was a huge honour to be named as captain and is looking forward to playing in the new competition.
“It is a huge honour to captain the new team, in a new international competition,” said Cox.
“Fans have always loved clashes between Australia and New Zealand – the recent world championships is a prime example of that passion. Now, thanks to the ANZ Championship we get to duke it out with the Kiwis week in and week out – we can’t wait for April 7 to arrive, bring on the Southern Steel.”
Commenting on the new uniform colours of blue and red, Cox said that they worked for her.
“And colours? Well really, what woman doesn’t love wearing red? And the blokes can wear the blue gear … the colours work for me!”
The Swifts will open their season when they face off against the Southern Steel at Sydney’s Acer Arena on April 7 next year.
Australia will be represented in the new semi-professional competition by the Melbourne Vixens (Victoria), Adelaide Thunderbirds (South Australia), West Coast Fever (Western Australia), Queensland Firebirds and the Swifts.
Playing Roster (as at 4/12/07)
Cath Cox (captain)
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