Bundy product in Firebirds line-up
NETBALL: Bundaberg product Ameliaranne Wells has graduated from the Australian Netball League (ANL) to be named in the Queensland Firebirds starting line-up.
The former ATW Gold campaigner turned heads with Queensland Fusion in the four-month ANL competition, catching the eye of Firebirds coach Roselee Jencke.
“Ameliaranne is a young shooter who is creative in her play and has a strong physical presence on the court,” Jencke said.
“Her talent really shone through in the Australian Netball League with some strong performances, which helped seal her position within the team.”
It has been an action-packed year for Wells, who backed up her Fusion campaign with a starring role in the Australian Under-19s victory at the Tri-Nation Championships against New Zealand and England.
Her renowned stature and pinpoint precision will be harnessed by Jencke as a shooter, as the Firebirds mount their 2011 campaign in the top-tier ANZ National Championships.
Wells began her netball apprenticeship with ATW Gold at 13 years of age and was taken under the wing of coach Sandy Baker.
She credits her success to the Bundaberg Netball Association in those formative years.
“There are a lot of passionate people who go the extra mile to foster young players out there, which is something I’m thankful for,” Wells said.
Wells said she would realise a lifetime dream when she ran onto the court for her debut with the Firebirds next year.
“It’s great they’ve looked to home-grown Queenslanders to be part of the team, and I’m pretty excited to represent my state.” It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and it’s something I’ve worked hard towards,” she said.