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SHE’S got a rep­u­ta­tion as the come­backs queen, now St Clair net­baller Paige Hadley is gear­ing up for the Fast 5 World Se­ries in Mel­bourne. “It’s ex­cit­ing,” Hadley said. “It’s the first time it’s been played in Aus­tralia. It’s dif­fer­ent from a tra­di­tional game but fun.”

Hadley will join the Aus­tralian team and com­pete against New Zealand, Malawi, Eng­land, Ja­maica, and South Africa in the two-day Fast Five Net­ball World Se­ries in Mel­bourne from Oc­to­ber 29.

Fast Five rules limit the teams to five play­ers in to­tal, fea­ture shorter quar­ters and al­low one-, two- and three-point shots.

Hadley said the game’s mod­i­fi­ca­tions put every team on a level play- ing field and of­ten the un­der­dogs come out on top.

“Aus­tralia has al­ways been con­fi­dent in the tra­di­tional game, but Malawi plays a dif­fer­ent skill,” Hadley said. “The win­ner is not al­ways the team you would ex­pect. It’s a good chal­lenge. It’s def­i­nitely go­ing to lift the pro­file of the sport.”

At a na­tional level, Hadley is feel­ing the pres­sure af­ter be­ing one of the few Swifts play­ers that re­mained loyal to the side fol­low­ing the re­vamp­ing of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I wasn’t ready to close the chap­ter on the Swifts yet,” Hadley said.

“We lost some re­ally big play­ers, which was dis­ap­point­ing, but we have got a re­ally good team.

“I have al­ways been a part of a team with five or six in­ter­na­tional play­ers on the court.

“I wanted a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge and go­ing from be­ing one of the younger ones to the old­est is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent chal­lenge.

“It’s the per­fect time to come to­gether. Our team is def­i­nitely go­ing to be com­pet­i­tive in 2017 and I want to be a part of that.”

“This chal­lenge is go­ing to make me a bet­ter player and a bet­ter per­son. What I want to be is true to my­self.”

Hadley has one piece of ad­vice for young girls fac­ing chal­lenges. “I just think, 100 per cent back your­self and throw ev­ery­thing at it. That’s what I’m look­ing for­ward to.”

NSW Swifts veteran Paige Hadley is pulling out the green and gold for the up­com­ing Fast 5 World Se­ries. Pic­ture: Mark Evans

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