Adelaide Thunderbirds goal shooter Kristina Brice has been named ANZ Championship Best New Talent for the 2016 season.
First called up to the team in Round 4, Brice has been a reliable force for the Thunderbirds in the absence of veteran shooter Carla Borrego.
The 22-year-old has notched up eight appearances in a breakout season, with 226 goals from 262 attempts at 86 per cent accuracy, coming up against some of the league’s best.
In 2015 Brice played one quarter for the Thunderbirds against the Melbourne Vixens, however did not train regularly with the team.
“I moved to Adelaide to do all the training not expecting to get on court. Being able to get out there and have a go has been a bonus,” explained Brice.
Brice has progressed through State and National high performance pathways. The shooter holds the record for most goals scored by an individual in an Australian Netball League season, set it 2014.
She held a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport, representing the AIS ANL team (2012-2013), before returning to her home state and playing with the Netball NSW Waratahs (2014-2015). In 2016 she was named a training partner for the Adelaide Thunderbirds, moving to Adelaide to play for Southern Force, before being called up as a Thunderbirds replacement player.
According to the shooter, the Australian Netball League has proven to be invaluable in her development.
“The ANL gives you the experience of playing with players who are in the ANZ Championship, who may not be getting court time (at ANZ Championship level), so they help pass on all their knowledge. It provides solid competition each week.”
Kristina Brice follows in the footsteps of formidable international shooters Mwai Kumwenda and Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who were named the Best New Talent in 2014 and 2013 respectively.