Ruby Bakewell-Doran will remain in the purple dress for another three seasons, after taking Australian netball by storm in the last two seasons.
The reigning Laura Geitz medallist had another standout season with the Firebirds and is ready for more. Bakewell-Doran went from strength to strength last year, from commencing her first contract to a Diamonds defender.
She debuted in Round Nine of the 2021 season as a training partner and was a no-brainer to be elevated into the contracted 10. The intercepting machine plays like Proteas great Karla Pretorius and she does not disappoint in that comparison.
Bakewell-Doran was also the Firebirds Members Player of the Year last year. She was named a reserve player for the Diamonds World Cup campaign in South Africa, making her debut for Australia in the Constellation Cup in 2022.
Hailing from Newcastle, Bakewell-Doran played for the highly successful Brisbane North Cougars in Queensland’s HART Sapphire Series. She won two premierships alongside fellow current Firebirds Macy Gardner and Remi Kamo.
In 2018, Bakewell-Doran was selected in the Queensland Fusion team from a strong Cougars campaign at the Ruby series level. She was also selected in the U19 Queensland side to compete in the Netball Championships.
At 16-years-old, Bakewell-Doran dislodged her patella and tore her ACL but she bounced back strongly to become a training partner with the Firebirds in 2019. It was a bumpy start to the season as Bakewell-Doran had to have an ankle reconstruction during the pre-season.
Head Coach Bec Bulley has big plans for the Firebirds fan favourite.
“Ruby showed her debut 2022 season was no flash in the pan with a wonderful campaign this year,” she said.
“Not only is Ruby a born competitor and leader with a will to win, she has the physical and technical skills to trouble attackers inside and outside the circle.
“Her contribution to the team was highlighted by her success in joining the legends of our club as the 2023 Laura Geitz Medallist, a well-earned accolade.”
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Bakewell-Doran is ready to go straight in and fight to be in a finals campaign.
“I’m super grateful and incredibly stoked to be back in the purple dress for the next three years,” she said.
“Firebirds has always been home and I want to leave a legacy at this club – one that I can look back on at the end of my career and be really proud of.
“I’m really excited to get stuck in and see what this group of girls can achieve together this year.”