Wishing Wells’ netball jackpot
THERE was one notable absence from the Across The Waves team that fell at the final hurdle in last year’s grand final against Alloway Purple — the tall presence of Ameliaranne Wells.
She skipped town last year to play for the Brisbane South Wildcats in the high-quality metropolitan league and her loss had an impact on the perennial champions.
But she has taken advantage of her new surroundings and, after a short stint away from representative outdoor netball, has secured a spot in the Queensland under-19 team.
She has also been selected in the Australian under-21 indoor team to tour South Africa in March, but she knows to reach the top it is the outdoor honours that count for everything.
“To play for the Firebirds and Diamonds you have to go through the outdoor pathway and that is something I have realised I want to do,” she said. “I took a bit of time off from outdoor and played probably some of my best indoor netball, so I’m back into it now.”
Wells was part of the Wildcats team that clinched the Queensland State League last year against red-hot favourites Kedron Wavell Cougars.
In perhaps the best performance of her short career, Wells was named player of the final.
“That was a big highlight for me, especially against the Cougars,” she said.
Boasting Queensland representatives throughout their line-up, the Cougars were favoured to win, but Wells played a key role in their downfall and emerged as best on court.
“Playing in Brisbane has helped my game so much. Playing against high-quality opposition and having more opportunities to play in more teams and train with some top players, it all helps,” she said.
Gym and cardio work has made her feel better in a pre-season than ever before.
“Trials and pre-season start soon but the way I’m feeling right now, it could be a good year,” she said.
Knowing this, she will head to the national championships in Adelaide full of confidence and with a clear goal.
“They will select a squad to train at the AIS and that’s the pathway I need to take,” she said.
Friend and team-mate Steph Woods is already in the squad and Wells uses her as a source of inspiration.
“It spurs you on to know how close you are. She’s definitely a motivator,” she said.
However, her first tasks are training well for Brisbane South and enjoying her first taste of international netball during the tri-series with England and South Africa in March.