Wells stars in Tri-Nation success
FORMER ATW Gold campaigner Ameliaranne Wells has made an easy transition into an Australian Under-19’s bib playing a starring role in the team’s victory in the Tri-Nation Championships.
Wells, 19, used her trademark precision around the goal to help Australia reign supreme over representative sides from New Zealand and England.
Wells used her renowned stature and imposing presence to good effect helping Australia dominate the championships with a single loss to New Zealand, the team’s only hiccup in the nine-game tournament.
“We got there pretty easily in the end, but that’s not to say we weren’t made to earn it,” she said.
“The standard of netball was exceptionally high and we had to scrap and scrape for every win.”
In a career-best performance, Wells achieved an overall accuracy rate of 93 per cent in the tournament and a 97% accuracy rate in the opening game against New Zealand.
“I actually had no idea I was shooting so well when I was out there,” she said.
“I was just out there doing my job, but I must have been in the zone.”
The international tournament was warm-up for Wells’ campaign with Queensland Fusion in the Australian Netball League next month.
Wells will serve as goal shooter in the state side and said her stint with the Australian U-19s had given her a taste of what to expect in the national competition.
“It’s a whole other ball game when you’re playing at that level,” she said.
“The first game was a bit of a blur, but you soon realise you need to lift to keep up.
“The championships were a real step up so hopefully I’ll be able to take something from it when I start playing for Fusion,” she said.
Wells will make her Queensland Fusion debut in Adelaide against South Australia on August 14.