West Coast Fever will enter the 2015 ANZ Championship season with a new captain after the club announced the appointment of Ashleigh Brazill to the coveted leadership position.
Brazill was announced captain to the 2015 West Coast Fever squad after a robust selection process that included input from the playing group, coaching and support staff.
A panel, including Head Coach Stacey Rosman, reviewed all assessments before making a final decision on Fever’s captaincy.
This process determined that Brazill was the front-runner for the role as Captain.
“Ash has a magnetic personality that is contagious to those around her. She drives and creates unity,” said Rosman.
“The respect and trust she has from teammates, her focus for the club and her ability to communicate were driving criteria to her successful selection.”
Brazill has always considered herself a leader and says it’s important to her not to change.
“A big thing for me is not changing. I’ve been put in this role for a reason and I don’t want to let them down in that way. I’ll continue being who I am, and that’s being vocal on court and always talking to the girls and trying to get the best out of everyone.”
While Brazill spent most of the 2014 ANZ Championship season on the sidelines with injury, she turned misfortune into opportunity.
“Ash is enthusiastic and driven, showing growth in her leadership over the last 12 months,” said Rosman.
“She worked hard on the sidelines and showed great resilience during the West Coast Fever season by providing support and guidance to her teammates.”
At the close of the ANZ Championship season Brazill captained Western Sting, leading WA to a bronze medal in the Australian Netball League. She was also named joint Player of the Year in the 2014 Australian Netball League.
“Ash plays the game with great purpose and can be relied on to make great impact when it is needed most,” said Rosman who was the coach of Western Sting this year.
Brazill went on to successfully lead the young up and coming netballers of Australia, as captain of the Centre of Excellence residential program and while on tour in South Africa.
2014 West Coast Fever captain, Natalie Medhurst has thrown her full support behind Brazill’s appointment to captaincy.
“Coming off a successful international season, Nat will continue to play a vital role both on and off the court.
“Her contribution as an experienced player and leader in the club will continue to help grow and shape our culture,” said Rosman.
“Nat is not only an amazing netballer, she’s also an amazing person and a true team player. She’s been really supportive of my appointment as captain,” said Brazill.
The 2015 ANZ Championship season commences in March 2015. For details click here.