2017 WANL Season Preview

WEST COAST WARRIORS

The West Coast Warriors have kept their premiership-winning squad largely intact, with only Haylee McKee not returning for the reigning premiers. McKee was influential in the Warriors’ success last season, however has chosen to have a year off, but is still involved in the Club.

The Warriors also have some young talent emerging through the ranks, with Taylah Johnson, Eli Johnstone and Ellie Sanzone all selected in the Open Squad after spending time in the 18U squad in recent years.

The reigning premiers will once again prove hard to beat in 2017, with Emma Cosh, Jess Eales, Andrea Gilmore, Brooke Walker and Lisa Millman all returning to defend their title.

Why They Can Win It: The reigning premiers have only lost one player from their premiership winning side, and any team that includes Lisa Millman, Andrea Gilmore and Jess Eales as their core is in with a big chance.

Open Squad: Bryanna BARTEL, Chelsea BOE, Chelsea BROOM, Emma BUGGINS, Stephanie COOPER, Emma COSH, Jasmine COUSINS, Jessica EALES, Cassie FARQUHAR-REID, Erin FEENEY, Molly FULLGRABE, Clare GEE, Andrea GILMORE, Emily HAYWOOD, Emma JOHNSON, Taylah JOHNSON, Eli JOHNSTONE, Clare LEIGHTON, Lisa MILLMAN, Ellie SANZONE, Denise SHEPLEY, Lenore SMITH, Helen TAYLOR, Brooke WALKER

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SOUTH EAST DEMONS

The South East Demons have lost some important names ahead of their 2017 season, losing three of their starting seven from last year’s Grand Final.

Josie Janz-Dawson won’t return after picking up a contract in England, while Brooke Brazill has moved to Melbourne. However, the biggest loss comes in the form of Ashleigh Neal who has signed with the Hertfordshire Mavericks. Neal lead all scorers with 473 goals in season 2016. Meanwhile, youngsters Morgan Millar and Courtney Kruta have moved to the Coastal Sharks, with Ellice Stewart relocating to Canada.

Last year’s Jill McIntosh Medallist Lindal Rohde returns, while Kodie Blay, Mia Washbourne, Amber Harvey and Emily Cunningham will don the black dress once again.

Alicia Janz has returned home from the Monash Storm, while Onalenna Theetso has relocated from Jetz Netball Club and Botswana 21U.

Why They Can Win It: Always in the hunt, the Demons will be keen to go one better after experiencing the pain of losing last year’s grand final. They have arguably the best midcourt in the league, lead by reigning Jill McIntosh Medallist Lindal Rohde.

Open Squad: Kodie BLAY, Emily BUCKBY, Emily CUNNINGHAM, Zoe FOURNEAU, Abbey HANLEY, Kelsey HARRIS, Amber HARVEY, Alicia JANZ, Rebecca LILL, Rachelle MCGANN, Skye MORRIS, Jazmin NASH, Hayley ROGERS, Lindal ROHDE, Rachel SOUTHAM, Hannah SUTHERLAND, Onalenna THEETSO, Tegan WAENGA, Madison WALL, Mia WASHBOURNE

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RANGERS

Last years bolters the Rangers return in 2017 yet again fielding strong sides across both the 18U and Open squads.

The Rangers were involved in one of the biggest moves in the off season, with Larissa Harrison moving to the Hills side from the Wheatbelt Flames. Harrison was the most accurate of any starting seven shooter last year and will serve as a solid target for the Rangers.

On the flip side, the Rangers have lost a big name in Jessica Anstiss, after the youngster picked up a full time contract with the West Coast Fever. The departure leaves big shoes to fill, however Rebecca Tuckey returns from a season ending injury as the Rangers look improve on their impressive 2016 campaign. In defence, one of the State’s leading young defenders Sunday Aryang will lead the charge for the Rangers.

The Rangers also add two key coaching additions to their ranks with Jaime-Leigh Strickland  taking up the 18U position, while Lorraine English will take charge of the Reserves.

The Rangers were the biggest improvers last year, making it all the way to the Preliminary Final, before bowing out to the South East Demons.

Why They Can Win It: The Rangers were the surprise packet of 2016, however if they were to go all the way in 2017, it would be no surprise at all. They’ve filled their Goal Shooter needs through Larissa Harrison and dynamic midcourter Rebecca Tuckey returns; they’re a red hot chance this season.

Open Squad: Rose ARYANG, Sunday ARYANG, Jessie BIDDLE, Kate BUNTEN, Amber CLEMESHA, Amy DELCARO, Paige DOY, Jayme HARKEN, Jess HARMER, Larissa HARRISON, Ashleigh HOWAT, Laura JENOUR, Giorgia KULJIS, Bridgette MAXTED, Hinemoa MEHAU, Casey MURPHY, Donalda PAEKAU, Georgia PITT, Katie TE AO, Rebecca TUCKEY

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SOUWEST JETS

The Souwest Jets return to the top flight in 2017, becoming the seventh team to enter the competition. Erin Culnane will take the reigns as Head Coach for the first season, and has kept a healthy flavour of local talent in her squad.

Culnane has added three ex-Rangers players to their ranks in Alkira Rodney, Stephanie Rankine and Nicole Rendell. While young, the Jets aren’t short on experience, boasting WA 19U team member Kate Duncan and WA 17U team members Riley Culnane, Jessica Repacholi and Shantelle Tassone in their open squad.

The Jets took out the 18U division of the West Australian Netball League last season, and will be looking to make their mark on the premier division in season 2017.

Why They Can Win It: It would be one of the great Cinderella stories in West Australian Netball League history if the Jets could get up in their first year in the top flight. Despite entering the season as underdogs, the Jets shouldn’t be underestimated with four State Team players amongst their ranks.

Open Squads: Cassady ANDERSON, Courtney BABICH, Renee CASHELL, Maya CLIFT, Riley CULNANE, Sheridan DUKE, Kate DUNCAN, Ashton EMBRY, Isabella HANCOCK, Claire JENNINGS, Lauren JOHNSTON, Belinda LOWE, Stephanie RANKINE, Nicole RENDELL, Jessica REPACHOLI, Alkira RODNEY, Mirrante RYDER, Harmony SUTHERLAND, Shantelle TASSONE, Myra UGLE

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WHEATBELT FLAMES

The Wheatbelt Flames return to the 2017 West Australian Netball League season with an experienced side who will be looking to improve on their one-win 2016 season. The Flames salvaged a victory from the final match of the season against the Perth Lions.

The Flames will be missing their main target in the goal circle after Larissa Harrison moved to the Rangers for the season, however Sarah East remains, and will play an integral role in their 2017 campaign.

East’s leadership will be a key factor in rallying the Flames throughout the 2017 season as they search for their first League premiership in over a decade. The Flames last lifted the trophy in 2002.

Why They Can Win It: The Flames may only have won the single game in season 2016, but that didn’t mean they didn’t push many teams on a regular basis. Narrow losses to the Rangers and Demons in the back end of the season, as well as a massive 22 goal win over the Perth Lions in the final round showed what they’re capable of.

Open Squad: Kasey ABEL, Jacinta ANDERSON, Jessica ANSTISS, Paige BATEMAN, Renee CABASSI, Kayla DICKIE, Sarah EAST, Jac ELBOROUGH, Emma FEWSTER, Brittany FOLLETT, Lorrelle FORTUNE, Dinah GEORGE, Madison HUNTER, Taylor LAWLER, Nikki MCCALLUM, Stacey MOURISH, Marene PEYPER, Davis RATANA, Dav RERE, Neisha ROBERTS, Hayley SMITH, Hailey WYATT

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PERTH LIONS

After lifting the League trophy for the first time almost 20 years in 2015, there were big expectations for the second most successful club in WANL history last year. However, the loss of some key players had a dramatic effect on the Lions as they could only manage just two wins in a lacklustre 2016 season.

Things could change in 2017, however the Lions will have to cope with two big losses in Megan Bakeberg and 2016 Captain Maddison O’Regan. Despite the losses, 2016 Player of the Year and 2016 Player’s Player of the Year Tess Cransberg returns alongside Kim Shepherd in what shapes as an exciting shooting combination.

19U State Team athletes Keely Fitzpatrick and Annabel Saggers will play integral roles in the Lions’ assault on the 2017 season.

Why They Can Win It: Everyone at the Lions was disappointed with their 2016 season, with the reigning premiers managing just two wins. That only fuels the fire for Perth, who will come out firing in 2017, lead by reigning Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year Tess Cransberg. The shooter ended with 349 goals last season in a side that could only manage two wins, and her output, alongside Kim Shepherd, will go a long way to the Lions’ success in 2017.

Open Squad: Ariana BROWN, Hannah CADLOLO, Tess CRANSBERG, Abigail DARGAN, Keely FITZPATRICK, Jennifer GIBSON, Nicole GIRAK, Eden HARKNESS, Alice HASSETT, Lucy HOWARD, Ashlee JONES, Mia JUDKINS, Lily JOOSTE, Bella MCLERNON, Ellie MORRISH, Brianna NEWNHAM, Megan O’HURLEY, Caitlin PARIS, Breana PEACOCK, Olivia PESCE, Annabel SAGGERS, Maddison SCHULTZ, Kim SHEPHERD, Maddie SMEDTS, Bridget SMITH, Zoe SPENCER

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COASTAL SHARKS

Coastal Sharks boast one of the most impressive lineups of the 2017 season, with six Western Sting squad members (Natalie Bright, Sophie Garbin, Olivia Lewis, Jessica Penny, Brittany Turnbull and Phoebe Wilcox), four 19U State Team athletes (Natalie Bright, Olivia Lewis, Zoe Fisher and Phoebe Wilcox) and three West Coast Fever Training Partners (Natalie Bright, Olivia Lewis and Sophie Garbin).

Coupled with the reigning Reserves Best & Fairest winner in Zoe Fisher, and the recruitment of Morgan Millar and 2016 19U State Team MVP Courtney Kruta, the Sharks have assembled an exciting lineup for 2017. Teagan Phillips also returns after a season off.

They will be eager to improve on their 2016 campaign, which saw them drop some winnable matches, finishing fourth overall and being knocked out in the opening round of finals.

Why They Can Win It: 6 Western Sting squad members, 4 19U State Team athletes and 3 West Coast Fever Training Partners. What else can you say?

Open Squad: Natalie BRIGHT, Hannah BURKE, Zoe FISHER, Sophie GARBIN, Courtney KRUTA, Olivia LEWIS, Ruby MCWILLIAMS, Morgan MILLAR, Rebecca NITSCHKE, Grade PARKER, Jessica PENNY, Teagan PHILLIPS, Claire PICKERILL, Ellie SMART, Emily SMITH, Katie SWETMAN, Abbey THOMAS, Brittany TURNBULL, Phoebe WILCOX, Kirsten YOUNG

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