Pan­thers’ new dawn

SQUAD HAS BIG STAR POWER

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Car­leen Bonora

AUS­TRALIAN Diamond Paige Hadley and Mon­tana Geyer are among the Pan­thers Premier League Net­ball inau­gu­ral squad.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which will re­place State League, starts next year.

The three team coaches whit­tled down the near 70 hope­fuls to a dozen for each of the opens’ and un­der-20s teams af­ter tri­als at the State Sport Cen­tre.

Pen­rith Dis­trict Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Joy Gil­lett said the side in­cluded sev­eral home­grown play­ers, in­clud­ing Hadley, who will play in the side if her NSW Swifts’ and Di­a­monds’ com­mit­ments al­low.

“There’s prob­a­bly about four or five home­grown play­ers,” Gil­lett said.

“There are a cou­ple of peo­ple who are lo­cals and have left for State League, but now come back to play in our Premier League team.”

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Pan­thers player Mon­tana Geyer with Pen­rith Dis­trict Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Joy Gil­lett.

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