Flyers’ spot accomplishes Wild’s pre-season goal

CJG-244When Amorette Wild moved ANZ Championship franchises this year, she had her sights set on higher honors than just getting more court time in the world’s premier netball competition.

Wild’s goal was to ensure that her performances for the Queensland Firebirds to put herself back in the frame for national selection in the Australian FAST5 Flyers – a goal she’s achieved.

Her selection in the Flyers’ team for this weekend’s FAST5 Netball World Series in Auckland has come on the back of a career-best ANZ Championship season.

Wild played every game as the Firebirds made it back-to-back Grand Final appearances and she shot 231 goals at an average of just under 15 a match.

“Earlier this year I did set a goal that I wanted to make it back into the FAST5 team and it’s happened so I’m very happy about that,” Wild said.

“I’m looking forward to getting back out on court now and representing Australia again.

“I’ve had a big season and got a lot of court time so that definitely gives you a lot of confidence and I’m ready to take it to the court in Auckland.”

CJG-450It will be the third time that Wild has represented Australia in the FastNet or FAST5 format. She was part of the 2011 and 2012 campaigns, winning a bronze medal in her debut year.

The 25-year-old said she’s eager to erase the memories of Australia’s 2012 campaign, where they finished sixth, by helping the Flyers win the FAST5 title for the first time.

“In 2012 we didn’t have the best tournament. We were quite a young team but this year we’ve got a good variety of experience and the young girls coming up through the ranks so I think we’re going to give it a really good crack,” Wild said.

“All the teams are going to come out firing.”

Wild believes her game style suits the FAST5 format.

“The main difference (from a regular netball game) is having no wing attack or wing defence so centre passes are a lot harder than a normal netball game,” Wild said.

“I guess the goal attack and goal defence has their work cut out for them on centre passes so my agility and speed on the centre pass and into the circle will be my strengths.”

Wild said this weekend’s tournament would give her a good fitness base for when the Firebirds return to pre-season training on December 1.

“I haven’t had a lot of netball since the end of the (ANZ Championship) season,” she said. “It’s going to be a great experience and it’s a good way to finish off the 2014 season. But then it’s a good start into 2015.”

The FAST5 World Netball Series will be broadcast lived on FOX Sports 3 and you can follow the Flyers progress over the tournament through @NetballAust Twitter account.