The Australian team heading to New Zealand for next month’s Fast5 Netball World Series will have a fresh new look in more ways than one.
Not only will the side be taking to the court in new uniforms, it will also have a fresh new image after being rebranded the Fast5 Flyers.
`Flyer’ is a term given to female kangaroos and Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer said it’s a fun nickname that fits well with the event.
“There are some similarities between our athletes and flyers: both are fast, fit and athletic and neither will take a backward step,” Palmer said.
“The Fast5 tournament is three days of fast-paced action and entertainment so the nickname is perfect for this version of the game and the atmosphere at the event.
“This is the first step towards establishing a new identity for the team with new name, logo and uniform.”
The Fast5 Flyers will take on England, Jamaica, Malawi, South Africa and New Zealand at the Fast5 Netball World Series at Vector Arena in Auckland between November 8-10.
The Fast5 Netball World Series is a variation of traditional netball with modified rules and regulations, including one, two and three point goals, no wing players, rolling substitution, shortened quarters and power plays.
The Australians, whose best finish has been a third place, are taking a young side into this year’s tournament featuring five players from the 21/U team that won silver at August’s World Youth Netball Championships.
The team has a new coach in Jane Searle with Adelaide Thunderbirds championship-winning coach Jane Woodlands-Thompson as her assistant.
The squad of 10 players will feature Demelza McCloud and Paige Hadley, who have both been named in the Australian Diamonds team to take on the Malawi Queens in two Tests at Wollongong (October 16) and the Gold Coast (October 19).
Five former Diamonds squad members are also part of the team.
The Australian Fast5 Flyers squad: Ashleigh Brazill, Courtney Bruce, Tegan Caldwell, Carla Dziwoki, Paige Hadley, Demelza McCloud, Susan Pratley, Gabi Simpson, Gretel Tippett and Jo Weston.