Swifts on the way to a win
MUCH has been written about the new NSW Swifts in 2018.
This is now a team with no excuses for losing and a belief they can challenge the Super Netball top dogs.
They’re no longer hung up on youth and inexperience, even if their oldest player is captain Abbey McCulloch at 28 and the average age is 23.
The Swifts are out to prove age doesn’t matter; it’s about talent and tenacity. But it could be their age that helps them build something big.
“That would be the ultimate — to be able to keep this group together and I think they’re very aware of that as well,” coach Briony Akle said.
“Having that tag of inexperience will melt year by year.
“This is only round four, and we haven’t played great, great netball yet. If we can keep building on what we’ve got and they want to stay together then it’s only a good thing for the Swifty family.”
There needs to be a special something for it to work though. Look through a Swift player’s Instagram feed and you’re likely to see lots of photos of Swifts players.
They are genuine friends — out-of-towners like Maddy Turner and Maddy Proud live together — which is the basis for what they’re building on the court. Training is fun but productive as players can handle honesty from each other.
“I’ve never been in a team where there are 10 girls who genuinely like each other and have fun every day,” Akle said.
“It’s probably half a coach’s battle to have unity and honest conversation; we have it every day. It probably helps that half of them live together.”
Turner agreed. “I think because a lot of us are out-oftowners we have to be each other’s friends, family, our go-to people,” she said.
Fever v Swifts, Perth, today 3pm (AEST).
Swifts celebrate last week.