Swifts on the way to a win

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - SU­PER NET­BALL

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.

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