01/03/2024

Allie Smith will be a Swift for another two years (Image: NSW Swifts)

Allie Smith has recommitted to the NSW Swifts for the next two years.

The Geelong product started out in the Super Netball league in 2020, where she won a premiership in Melbourne Vixens in her debut year. She was elevated into the extended squad from a training partner, making her first appearance against the West Coast Fever.

Smith played for the Geelong Cougars in the Victorian Netball League and the Vic Fury in the Australian Netball League. She was named the Vixens Rookie of the Year for the 2020 season and quickly secured her first contract.

Smith was named in the Australia under 21 squad in 2017, while in her second year as a Vixens training partner. She has also represented Victoria and Australia at several underage levels.

The 23-year-old made the move to the Swifts ahead of the 2022 season, proving how essential her versatility is. Smith is able to play across goal defence, wing defence, and centre.

Smith was fighting a foot injury during the 2023 season, forcing her to sit out of the Swifts finals campaign.

Smith said staying with the Swifts was a no brainer, looking forward to the 2024 season.

“I have loved my time with the Swifts so far and feel really at home in Sydney,” she said.

“While injury ruled me out for the Finals Series in 2023, I felt I was playing really good netball and that has given me confidence looking ahead.

“My teammates, coaches and the wider staff are all exceptionally supportive and there is a real family vibe at the Club which is pretty infectious when you come here.

“I obviously grew up in Victoria and making the move in 2022 was a little dauting at the time, but the support here has been fantastic and I am really grateful for it.  

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Head Coach Briony Akle idolises Smith’s determination and resilience that she displays as part of the Swifts family.

“Allie had some injury setbacks in 2023 but that didn’t limit her ability to provide key support to the environment,” she said.

“She was playing brilliant netball before her foot injury and we know that she has the ability to become one of the premier midcourters not just in Australia, but in world netball.

“Her commitment to training and recovery is second to none and her maturity and team-first approach, despite personal disappointment, really impressed us last year so she’s really earned this contract.

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