Moloney ready to fly into Fast5 World Series

CJG-186This weekend’s Fast5 Netball World Series in New Zealand is an opportunity for young midcourter Kate Moloney to show the rest of the world why she’s highly regarded by Australian selectors.

The Melbourne Vixens wing defence is making her senior international debut when she steps out with the Australians Fast5 Flyers for the tournament in Auckland on 8-9 November and the 21-year-old said she’s looking forward to the experience.

“It’s always an honor to put on the green and gold and represent Australia so I’m really excited to go over to New Zealand and hopefully have a really good tournament with the girls and get a win,” Moloney said.

“Any international competition is great. Everyone plays differently so to get that experience against other countries will be really good for me and the other girls.”

It’s Moloney’s second trip across the Tasman with a national team in as many months, having recently travelled across with the Australian 21/U side for a week-long training camp that included practice matches against the Diamonds and New Zealand.

“It was great to play against the world’s two best teams and we definitely got shown how it’s done,” Moloney said of the 21/U experience.

“Now I’m looking forward to Fast5.”

Moloney has enjoyed a rapid rise after playing just two seasons in the ANZ Championship. She was a key player in the Vixens’ 2014 premiership and earned an invite to be part of Australia’s Commonwealth Games selection camp back in May.

CJG-361Fast5 Flyers’ coach Jane Searle said she was eager to watch how Moloney adjusted to the Fast5 format.

“Kate has got great potential,” Searle said. “Her defensive skills are pretty well known throughout the ANZ Championships. What we’re looking for is to hone her attacking skills in this format.

“So I feel she’s certainly well suited to this game.”

Moloney said she had a taste of Fast5 during her recent stint at Netball Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Canberra and has also watched the Australian team play in recent Fast5 Netball World Series.

“I’ve watched it the last couple of years on TV and it looks a lot of fun so I’m really excited to head over to Auckland and play.

“It’s a really different game style and I suppose you have to change up the way you play. But it’s nice and fast and I like playing fast netball so hopefully I can adapt.

“It is lots of fun but as soon as we step on court it’s really competitive and we all want to get that gold medal.”

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.