McMAHON CALLS TIME ON ILLUSTRIOUS NETBALL CAREER

Netball Australia would like to congratulate former Australian Diamonds captain Sharelle McMahon on her illustrious career after the shooter announced her retirement from netball on Wednesday in Melbourne.

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The 35-year-old brought an end to one of the sport’s most successful careers, which included two world championship titles (1999, 2007), two Commonwealth Games gold medals (1998, 2002) and six national league (Commonwealth Bank Trophy/ANZ Championship) premierships.

McMahon finishes her career as Australia’s second most capped international player, with 118 appearances in the green and gold while captaining the Diamonds from 2008-2011, making her a recognisable champion beyond the netball family.

The shooter will long be remembered by netball fans for her last-second heroics after scoring the game winning goal at the 1999 World Netball Championships to beat the New Zealand Silver Ferns – a rivalry that enthralled fans for her entire international career.

McMahon, who had the honour of carrying the Australian flag for the opening ceremony of the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, remains the only netballer to represent her country at four Commonwealth Games (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010).

“Sharelle has contributed significantly both on and off the court to the success of Australian netball for over a decade as a player, captain and wonderful ambassador,” Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said.

“Her experience and leadership will be impossible to replace but I wish her all the best for the next stage of her life and I hope that she will remain involved in the sport in some capacity in the future.”

McMahon, who made her international debut against Jamaica in February 1998, is widely regarded as one of the best shooters to ever take the court for Australia with her unrivalled tenacity, composure and skill.

The Victorian native made 228 national league appearances for the Melbourne Phoenix/Melbourne Vixens before her final appearance on court in the ANZ Championship’s Preliminary Final loss to the Queensland Firebirds on July 7.

McMahon missed the 2012 season after rupturing her Achilles tendon in 2011, bringing a premature end to her season and chances of a fourth world championship campaign, before the birth of her first child, Xavier, last year.