15/08/2022
Mid-courter Maddie Hay has signed a two year deal with Giants Netball.

Mid-courter Maddie Hay has signed a two year deal with Giants Netball. Photo: Giants Netball

Maddie Hay has secured a two-year deal with the Giants, after cementing herself as a dominant wing attack in the 2021 season.

Mid-courter Maddie Hay has penned a two-year deal with Giants Netball after a career-best 2021 season. 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.

A training partner for the Giants in the early years of the club’s existence, Hay has become one of the most consistent wing attacks in the league scoring the third-highest Nissan Net Points across the entire competition this season.

Hay ranked first for centre-pass receives with 346 and second for goal assists with a total of 309 across 17 games, whilst also collecting 11 intercepts and 31 deflections.

A product of the Sutherland Shire Netball Association, Hay received her first full-time contract in 2020 and made an immediate impact, missing just one game in the past two seasons.  

Speaking with The Inner Sanctum earlier in the year, Hay reflected on the process of transitioning from wing defence to wing attack.

“If you had told me a couple of years ago that I was playing wing attack, and starting wing attack, I wouldn’t have believed you,” she said.

“I was a wing defence and a goal defence in juniors, and was thrown into centre every now and then, depending on the team.”

After Kim Green’s retirement, Hay stepped up to fill her shoes and worked to develop her craft as an attacker recently earning selection in the 2021/22 Australian Development squad.

“I didn’t think it was something I’d be able to do, but Julie [Fitzgerald] and the team showed a lot of faith in me, throwing me in there for a couple of pre-season games in 2019, and I really enjoyed it,” Hay said.

“From there, I’ve just been really willing to learn and grow into that role.”

Hay, Price and Parmenter grew stronger with every game this year. Photo: Giants Netball/Twitter

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Developing into one of the best wing attacks in the game, Hay says she can’t wait to spend the next two years with Giants Netball.

“I’m super excited and grateful to be back in orange for two more years,” Hay said on her signing.

“I think we showed what we’re capable of in 2021 and we’ll be stepping it up again next year.  

“Every year in Super Netball is crucial experience, I take a lot away from last season and I can’t wait to make more improvements during pre-season with the girls.

“Thinking back to where I was six years ago makes so appreciative of my journey. The next two years are going to big ones!”

Hay is the club’s seventh player announcement and the seventh player to commit to a two-year deal, the maximum currently allowed based on the League’s new licensing and contracting deal.

Hay joins captain Jo Harten, young guns Tilly McDonell and Sophie Dwyer, as well as in-from defender April Brandley and fellow mid-courters Amy Parmenter and Jamie-Lee Price as GIANTS for 2022 and beyond.

Clubs have until October 8 to finalise their squads, with more announcements to be made in the coming days.

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