The Queensland Firebirds have today confirmed that both defender Rudi Ellis and goaler Tippah Dwan will both depart the club. 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 two seasons with the Firebirds, Ellis will look interstate for more opportunities after the club advised her of its plans for the future.
Throughout her time at the Firebirds, Ellis has made 17 appearances in the purple dress. She showed great promise since moving from Melbourne for the 2020 season, and although she had limited court time, Ellis provided a rotation in the Firebirds defence end.
“Rudi has been an integral part of the purple family, both on and off the court,” Firebirds coach Megan Anderson said.
“She’s had immense growth over the two seasons with the Firebirds and we know her career will continue to progress in 2022 and beyond.”
Although it wasn’t the way she wanted to depart the Firebirds, Ellis said she’s loved her time in purple.
“I have absolutely loved my past two years at the Firebirds and it’s going to be sad leaving this beautiful group of people,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my netball journey but will always have a place in my heart for the purple.”
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Dwan informed the club that she won’t be returning as she will look to seek more court time.
The shooter made her Super Netball debut in Round 1 last season against the Sunshine Coast Lightning after she was brought into the team to replace Gretel Bueta, who was on maternity leave.
Anderson said the club is upset to lose such a talented goal attack, but is understanding of Dwan’s decsion to move.
“Tippah is an amazing talent and one of the most genuine and humble players in the league,” the Firebirds coach said.
“We appreciate her need to gain more opportunities on the court and have no doubt she will continue to impress in 2022. We will miss her and wish her well.
Dwan said that it was a tough decision to leave the club that she’s called home since 2017, but is in need of a fresh start.
“I’d like to thank the Queensland Firebirds for everything they have done for me, I certainly wouldn’t be the person or player that I am today without them,” she said.
“Everyone at the club has made my time enjoyable, especially my teammates, and I am going to miss them dearly.”
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