15/04/2024

GIANTS Netball star midcourter Jamie-Lee Price (Photo: GIANTS Netball/Twitter)

The new Suncorp Super Netball season has arrived and GIANTS centre Jamie-Lee Price is more focused than ever to lead her side to their first-ever championship.

Although her focus hasn’t shifted course from making the Grand Final, Jamie-Lee Price and the GIANTS haven’t had the best start to the season. Currently sitting near the bottom of the table, the GIANTS have failed to win a game in the opening three rounds.

After getting demoralised by the Sunshine Coast Lightning by 16 points in the opening round, they bounce-backed last week against the West Coast Fever. As the game went down to the wire, they nearly achieved an upset win, only losing by one point.

Despite the loss, Price had an outstanding performance at the centre position. Ending the game with 15 goal assists, 34 feeds, three interceptions and three gains she was a crucial piece in nearly getting them over the line.

Last week the GIANTS got close to upsetting the Melbourne Vixens at home but again lost in close fashion going down by five goals.

Admitting she has developed her skills over the off-season, Price’s personal goal this season is to help the club in a leadership role with captain Jo Harten and grow as time progresses.

“I’ve learnt a lot in this pre-season, obviously not having our captain Jo (Harten), it’s allowed [myself] and Maddy [Hay] to step up and lead by example,” Price said.

“I was one of the younger girls and I always looked up to the older ones and now all the young ones are looking up to me.”

Jo Harten returned back to the court last week after missing the first round. (Photo: Giants Netball Website)

Despite a highly successful 2022 season, the GIANTS fell two goals short of reaching the Grand Final. In what was a heartbreak for the entire squad, Price has stated it’s still playing on her mind.

Speaking on the club’s expectations for the season, Price is confident that the squad is one of the strongest in the competition and is aiming to go one win better than last year.

“I think every year we have high expectations especially when we’ve got such a strong group of girls. We always aim high and we’re very competitive,” Price added.

“Last year was really heartbreaking and it still breaks my heart thinking about that game but we want to go all the way (this season).”

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Whilst the GIANTS and the seven other teams compete for the championship, this is the last time all the players will be able to impress for a position in the World Cup squad.

After being chosen for the Constellation Cup against New Zealand, Price is hoping to keep her spot in the Australia Diamonds squad. However, she knows that a poor showing this season could determine whether or not she puts on the yellow singlet.

“I think it’d be silly for me not to say that it doesn’t run through my mind…but it’s something that I want to achieve.”

“It’s something that I think about every now and then but I think for myself and us as GIANTS is if we’re not performing well in Giants land, then you’re not gonna get that opportunity.”

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