Ashlee Unie in motion. Image: Queensland Firbirds

The Queensland Firebirds have confirmed the departure of Queensland product Ashlee Unie after she appeared in five games for the club last season.

The 108th player to don the Firebirds purple dress, Unie debuted for the club in Round 2 of the 2023 Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) season. Surprisingly, it would be against her former side – Sunshine Coast Lightning – before going on to play a further seven games for the Firebirds last season.

The defender made her SSN debut for the Sunshine Coast Lightning in the 2020 season but would, unfortunately, tear her ACL in a practice match against the GIANTS before the beginning of the 2021 season.

From then on, Unie would make a steady journey back to the court and become a practising physiotherapist away from the court.

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Before her call-up for the Lightning, Unie appeared for the Sunshine Coast Thunder, who compete in the Netball Queensland domestic competition – the HART Sapphire Series.

She also joined the Brisbane North Cougars alongside other Firebirds in Macy Gardner, Remi Kamo and Leesa Mi Mi after returning back to the court from injury. They would go on to win the club’s third premiership in a row.

It was difficult for Unie to get court time this season, having been stuck behind Ruby Bakewell-Doran and Remi Kamo.

Following her departure from the Firebirds, it is understood that Unie will most likely return to the domestic league while continuing her physiotherapy career.

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