Former NSW Swift Lauren Moore has signed with Giants Netball, completing the team’s defensive line-up 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.
After winning the Suncorp Super Netball premiership with the NSW Swifts this season, Lauren Moore left the champions seeking opportunities elsewhere for 2022.
Playing a number of roles for the Swifts this year, the versatile defender spent time both in the defensive circle as an alternative to Maddy Turner, and split the wing defence position with Tayla Fraser.
Moore is expected to find more court time at the Giants in 2022, in the absence of Kristiana Manu’a and Sam Poolman whose departures left a gaping hole in the Giants defensive structure.
Hailing from the Central Coast, Moore was awarded ‘Athlete of the Year’ for the Central Coast Academy of Sport in 2013 for her outstanding efforts in the netball program.
Since then, the 23-year-old has flourished within the Netball NSW pathway, representing the NSW Waratahs state team alongside fellow Giants Amy Parmenter and Maddie Hay.
In 2021, Moore claimed one rebound, 11 intercepts and 29 deflections across 15 games to earn selection in the Australian Diamonds development squad for 2021/2022.
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Moore spent a total of six years with the Swifts as both a training partner and contracted athlete, playing 39 games and winning two Super Netball titles.
Happy to remain in her home state for the upcoming season, Moore said she’s excited to continue to ply her trade alongside veteran defender April Brandley, a fellow NSW pathway athlete.
“I’m a proud NSW junior, so I’m really excited by the opportunity to continue my career in my home state and play alongside girls who I’ve come through the pathway with,” she said.
“I believe Julie Fitzgerald has built something very special at this club and I can’t wait to take the court as a Giant in 2022.
“Leaving a club I’d been at for six years was a difficult decision to make but I believe it’s the right one to further my netball career, with the potential of more court time as a circle defender.”
Giants’ head coach Julie Fitzgerald welcomed Moore to the Giants with open arms.
“It’s really exciting to have Lauren come on board for next year,” Fitzgerald said.
“We obviously had a few holes in our defensive end with the departure of Sam (Poolman) and Kristiana (Manu’a).
“Alongside Tilly McDonnell, April Brandley and Amy Parmenter, I think her style will fit in really well.
“Loz is a NSW junior and with seven of our eight announcements so far local players, she can clearly see our club’s dedication to developing homegrown talent.
“She is really keen to be a Giant and I look forward to seeing what she can do in the orange dress next year.”
Moore signs on with the Giants on a one-year deal, becoming the eighth play to commit to the orange dress for season 2022.
She joins captain Jo Harten, young guns Tilly McDonell and Sophie Dwyer, in-form defender April Brandley and the 2021 midcourt of Maddie Hay, Jamie-Lee Price and Amy Parmenter at the club for 2022.
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