Wells to lead Fusion into battle
FORMER ATW Gold campaigner Ameliaranne Wells will be a long way from Daph Geddes Park when she leads Queensland Fusion into battle.
The Bundaberg girl, 19, has been given her break in the Australian Netball League as a goal shooter and has begun training for an August 14 debut against South Australia in Adelaide.
“I’ve been putting a lot of effort and extra training in this year and it’s beginning to show on the court,” Wells said.
The imposing shooter has established a name for herself at the front of the court with a physical presence and accurate shooting.
She will play alongside ANZ Championship League Queensland Firebirds stars Laura Sheridan and Sophie Croft in the side.
“I’ve never played at this level before so I know I’m going to have to step up,” she said.
“I’ve got a good idea of where I need to be so now it’s a matter of putting in the hard yards to make sure I perform at that level.”
Wells will enter the side after completing a two-month visiting scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport netball development squad.
As the only regional product in the state side, Wells plans to fly the flag for regional areas and for the Bundaberg Netball Association.
“Most of the girls in the competition are from metropolitan areas and I want to show being from a regional area doesn’t stop you from achieving,” she said.
“I want to show the city girls what a girl from Bundy can do.”
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 recent success to the work of the Bundaberg Netball Association in those formative years.
“It was a really good competition with a lot of older players and coaches who really took an interest in you and helped bring out your best,” Wells said.