Sport

Firebirds happy to fly under radar

Mahalia Cassidy and Kim Ravaillion of the Firebirds celebrate during the 2016 ANZ Championship grand final.
Mahalia Cassidy and Kim Ravaillion of the Firebirds celebrate during the 2016 ANZ Championship grand final. Jason O'Brien

RISING Firebirds star Mahalia Cassidy says the competition's new teams have helped take the target off the back of netball's defending champions.

The Firebirds will kickstart their championship defence on Saturday, February 18, in the new, all-Australian Suncorp Super Netball competition.

With the split of the ANZ Championship, the Firebirds no longer have their various New Zealand opponents but will instead face their old Australian foes as well as three new sides - Collingwood, the Giants and Queensland rivals the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Cassidy says with most of the attention on those teams, the Firebirds will not be the biggest targets in the game despite having won the last two ANZ Championship titles.

"What the Firebirds have done in the past two years has been phenomenal and it is incredible but it's a new competition so it's a whole new game now," she said.

"There's three brand new teams that are packed with incredible players of a high calibre. Every team is going to be really, really hard to meet. For some, we're not quite sure what they'll bring.

"We have to stick to our game and do what we know best.

"We don't look or dwell on what we've done in the past. We just want to continue the legacy of the Firebirds."

The Firebirds are also expected to have their own unknown element this year following the loss of Clare McMeniman (retirement), Laura Geitz (pregnant) and Kim Ravaillion (Collingwood).

These changes have opened the door for Cassidy to claim the centre position.

Having spent last year on the bench, the 21-year-old is ready for her breakout season.

"It's a big year for me to get out there and make a name for myself," she said.

"I want to play good netball every week and do that consistently across the whole season. I really want to cement my spot and be dominant in that mid-court role.

"I'm chomping at the bit to get out there."

The Firebirds will open their season against newcomers the Sunshine Coast at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

News Corp Australia

Topics:  mahalia cassidy queensland firebirds super netball



Science Festival seriously awesome

CALLING everyone who wants to see, hear and be a part of something totally cool: this is where you need to be this March.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

Tears flow for top Turtle Tremaine

TRAGEDY: Tremaine Tairawhiti, middle row second left, celebrates with his Turtles teammates on Friday.

Players mourn for one of their own

Have your say on drink driving

Locals can now have their say on drink driving laws through an online survey.

Feedback on protecting the community

Local Partners

Crocodile, hippo fears as I'm A Celeb filming hit by flooding

THERE are fears crocodiles and hippos could make their way into the I'm A Celebrity camp after cyclone causes flooding.

Small screen users make switch to smaller screens

In this photo taken Oct. 16, 2013, a girl plays Supercelll's Hay Day game on an iPad. The Finnish 'Clash of Clans' mobile game maker Supercell said Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, it plans to launch its third game next month on a tide of soaring revenues and profits. The new game, 'Boom Beach,' will be launched in March. It's been tested in Canada and Australia, ranking fifth in both countries' iPhone app store lists, according to the company. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Milla Takala)  FINLAND OUT

The digital age generation makes the switch

Nadia visits Coast to escape Married At First Sight drama

Married At First Sight's Nadia Stamp takes a breather from the show's drama at Mooloolaba.

MAFS bride unwinds on the Coast ahead of commitment ceremony

‘I didn’t stuff it up like you have’: Plibersek on Q&A

“I didn’t stuff it up the way you have stuffed it up, George”: Tanya Plibersek.

Plibersek lashed out at Brandis to plenty of applause

MKR cheating scandal: Alyse and Matt hit back

Matt Jenner shows his MKR rivals the curry paste he and Alyse used.

Alyse and Matt Jenner have hit back at claims they cheated on MKR

The spare part that forced the ABC off air

Aunty's showing her age ahead during new IT roll out

Why ABC Coast FM has taken so long to resume local programming

MKR rocked by satay sauce cheating scandal

Alyse and Matt slammed for satay sauce fiasco.

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

50 more high rise buildings planned for Brisbane CBD

Height limits have been scrapped for Brisbane CBD

800,000 more people expected to work in city over next 20 years

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!