01/03/2024

West Coast Fever defender (Photo: Sunday Aryang/Instagram)

Returning Australian defender Sunday Aryang will pair up with new Fever recruit, England Roses defender Fran Williams who has signed ahead of her debut SSN season in 2024.

Sunday Aryang’s past few years have been an absolute whirlwind with the 22-year-old already having made her Diamonds debut as well as having played 62 games for the Fever.

Having debuted in 2019, the versatile defender can play in both goal defence or wing defence due to her athleticism, reach and agility.

Since her Diamonds debut in 2022, Aryang has been a part of a very successful international campaign winning the Constellation Cup, a Test Series against the South African SPAR Proteas as well as the latest Netball World Cup.

She will be expected to take a step further this season with former club captain and their best defender, Courtney Bruce announcing she will be leaving the Fever.

Aryang spoke about her decision to sign on with the Fever for two more seasons.

“I’m super excited to play in front of the Green Army again at RAC Arena in season 2024,” Aryang said.

“Our fans are truly the most amazing crowd and there is nothing quite like playing in front of a packed stadium, especially when it is time for us to play and perform.  The Green Army really are like having an extra player on the court.”

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She then elaborated on her new teammate Fran Williams and what she will bring to the West Coast.

“I cannot wait for Fran to arrive in Perth and we can start to build our defensive connection under our new Assistant Coach Sara Francis-Bayman. I saw Fran’s performance at the World Cup and I truly believe she is going to be a major asset for Fever in 2024,” she said.

“Speaking with the other players we are all ready to step foot on the training court and beginning our preparations for another big year of Suncorp Super Netball.”

Dan Ryan, the West Coast Fever head coach described Aryang’s ‘work ethic, tenacity and selflessness’ as ‘second to none’.

 “Sunday is such an important player in our team and her versatility to play in the circle and on the wing, make her one of our most valuable players,” Ryan said. 

“Her work ethic, tenacity and selflessness are second to none and everyone in the team just respects and adores her so much.

“I’m so thrilled to have her on board once again, we are looking forward to her combination with Fran under the guidance of Assistant Coach Sara Francis-Bayman.” 

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Williams joins the Fever on a deal which will see her play with them through to the end of the 2025 season.

Impressing in the Roses’ silver medal campaign during the Netball World Cup, she was named as the goal defence in the Team of the Tournament. She was also awarded with the Player of the Series award in the recent series between South Africa and England.

Williams spoke about her excitement at joining the Fever. She will arrive in Perth in February.

“I am super excited to be joining West Coast Fever and cannot wait to get going with the team and see what we can achieve in 2024,” Williams said.

“I have heard the Green Army are full of passion and I look forward to playing at RAC Arena and meeting you all!” 

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Ryan described Williams as a ‘big game player’.

“Fran has awesome netball smarts and plays the game so uniquely that she can do things that simply defy logic. She’s going to be a great addition to our new look defence line,” Ryan said.

 “She was outstanding at the World Cup in Cape Town and played a huge role in helping the Roses win the silver medal. She’s a big game player and knows how to stand up under pressure.”

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