Turner ready for step up to ANZ Championship

Remember the name Maddy Turner.

If you don’t know it already, no doubt you will be hearing a lot more about this up-and-coming defender over the upcoming ANZ Championship season and for many years to come.

The 20-year-old South Australian has been lured to Sydney to play with the NSW Swifts, who’ve had their eye on her development for the past couple of years.

_MCA1573LiTurner was a standout for her home state at underage level. She played in four consecutive titles for South Australia at 19/U level (2013) and 21/U level (2013-2015) before moving to New South Wales.

She recently added another 21/U title to her CV – this time wearing the blue dress of New South Wales.

Turner admitted facing her old state down at Launceston was a `weird’ experience.

“The weirdest game of the week was definitely playing against my home state, coming up against my friends on court. But once that whistle went it was game on,” Turner said.

Turner was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player for the second straight year, becoming the second athlete to claim this award back-to-back since April Brandley (nee Letton) in 2009-2010.

She’s the first to claim the coveted individual award for consecutive states.

Turner is now turning her focus to her debut ANZ Championship season, with the Swifts beginning their campaign against arch rivals Melbourne Vixens in Sydney on April 3.

The retirement of Julie Corletto has opened an opportunity in the Swifts defence and Turner believes her game is constantly growing learning from the likes of Sharni Layton, Laura Langman and Kimberlee Green on a daily basis.

“They’re making me step up my game and I’m just learning little things all the time that will hopefully make me a better player,” Turner said.

“I’ve just got to make my mark and try and get on court and do my best; that’s all I can do.”

Swifts coach Rob Wright, pictured, is excited about Turner’s potential to develop into an integral part of their defence.

“I really rate Maddy – clearly that’s why we wanted her at this team,” Wright declared.

“Even the progress we’ve seen in her from when she first arrived to now has been really exciting.

“She certainly came from a great environment in South Australia and we’re trying to add to that.

“Every time she goes out she seems to get better and better so I’m excited to see what she can produce on court.”