02/03/2024

Mia Stower and Ruby Bakewell-Doran sign on to the Firebirds. (Photos: Queensland Firebirds; Queensland Firebirds/Twitter)

The Queensland Firebirds have announced that homegrown duo Ruby Bakewell-Doran and Mia Stower have signed on for season 2022.

The Queensland Firebirds have announced that Mia Stower and Ruby Bakewell-Doran have signed with the club for 2022. For all the Suncorp Super Netball signing news, stay up to date with our Off-Season Hub and follow The Inner Sanctum’s netball podcast, Over a Third, on Twitter and Instagram to get the news when it breaks.

The pair were a part of the Firebirds extended squad in 2021 and have put together impressive performances when given the chance out on court.

Bakewell-Doran made her Super Netball debut in Round 9 against the Giants before playing two more games for the season, many will remember Bakewell-Doran’s game-saving intercept against the Melbourne Vixens in the final game of the season.

“It was one of those proud netball moments to see her get an opportunity this year,” Firebirds coach Megan Anderson said.
 
“She certainly took the opportunity and showed that she had what to takes to step up to SSN level.
 
“Ruby can play all three positions and she’s one of those defenders who just knows where the ball is going to go and that makes her such an asset to our defensive unit in 2022.”

While limited, Bakewell-Doran made the most of her opportunities out on court showing her athleticism and skillset.

Signing her first Super Netball contract Bakewell-Doran is ready to be that x-factor out on court for the Firebirds.

“I bring my own skills and flair both on and off the court to this team,” she said.
 
“It’ll be about owning that and making it fit and thrive in a team setting.
 
“We all bring something really different which is super exciting. Seeing all of that talent come together is pretty amazing.”

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Stower, another product of the Queensland Netball pathway is a player that Anderson watched develop from Queensland School Girls to the Australian Under-21 team.

After working closely with Stower for the past year, Anderson is looking forward to watching the young gun further develop.

She has one of the best netball brains going round and it’s lovely to watch her weave her magic out on court,” Anderson said.
 
“She’s mature and has great leadership potential which will add immensely to our group in 2022.”

Stower made her Super Netball debut in 2020 after making joining the club’s extended bench and while she was limited in her time out on court, she made the most of her opportunities.
 
When informed of the club’s decision to offer Stower a contract, she admitted it was an overwhelming experience.
 
“I was just in awe; was actually speechless. I just couldn’t wait to tell my mum because it is a dream come true really,” the shooter said.
 
“I will wear the purple dress with pride.”

The 21-year-old has been mentored by the likes of Romelda Aiken and Gretel Bueta and believed that they have her ready to take make the most of the opportunity.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn from players with such calibre who have represented their country and have all that experience and knowledge.”
 
“I can only hope that one day I can learn enough to do the same.”

The Firebirds have now named seven players for their 2022 roster, with three players still to be announced before the end of the signing period on October 8.

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