Giants Netball have today confirmed that star shooter Sophie Dwyer will remain in orange until the end of season 2023. 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 New South Wales pathway athlete, Dwyer shot her way to netball stardom this year, stepping up to a full-time goal attack role after Kiera Austin suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear (ACL) in Round 1.
The 19-year-old completed her first full Suncorp Super Netball season with a total of 389 goals and 52 Super Shots, partnering with captain Jo Harten on court, whilst receiving off-court guidance from injured Austin.
With poise and confidence, Dwyer has slotted goals across the circle with ease, displaying maturity beyond her years against some of the world’s best defenders.
Currently training with the Australian Diamonds as a camp invitee in Queensland, Dwyer says she’s ecstatic to be joining the Giants for a further two seasons.
“We are building something really special at this club and I’m grateful and excited to be a part of it. I can’t wait to get back out on court again next year,” she said.
“I learned a lot from the 2021 season, and I can’t wait to continue developing my game over the next couple of years.
“It’s any young netballer’s dream to play at the elite level and to do it with the Giants is extra special.”
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Jamie-Lee Price signs two year deal
Giants Netball also announced the signing of star mid-courter Jamie-Lee Price for another two seasons.
The 25-year-old has been a consistent performer for the Giants since she joined the club in 2017, with her game only getting stronger in recent years.
The Giants’ go-to centre finished the 2021 season with 366 feeds, 278 goal assists and 22 intercepts, earning selection into the Australian Diamonds squad.
An inaugural Giant, Price’s leadership is fast developing both on and off the court, promising a future of success.
“I’m really thrilled to extend my time at the Giants,” Price said.
“I’m super excited for the next couple of years – 2021 was a great year for us as a group and I can’t wait to build on from the year that was.”
Bringing physicality and strength to the Giants, Price’s signature was a must in order to continue the recent success of the team.
April Brandley signs two year deal
April Brandley will remain a Giant until the end of 2023, with the in-form defender putting pen to paper to become the second Giant locked in for the upcoming seasons.
Joining the Giants in 2020 as a training partner after having her son Clay, Brandley stood tall for the Giants in 2021 as her return to the game progressed.
As the side’s starting goal defence, Brandley finished the 2021 season with 21 intercepts, 58 deflections and 14 rebounds, a true testament to her skill.
Awarded the Giants Players’ Player award for her approach to the game and contribution to the team, Brandley brings strength and experience to the defensive end of the court.
Turning down the opportunity to play for the Australian Diamonds, Brandley’s focus remains on the team in orange, expressing her excitement to continue her career at the Sydney-based club.
“I’m really looking forward to hitting the court with the Giants again next season and I get really excited looking at what’s ahead for our team,” she said.
“The club have been incredible with the support they’ve shown my family and myself in making the transition from motherhood, to getting back on court.
“I feel grateful to be in a place where I’m really enjoying my netball, so I’m very much looking forward to what we can continue to build in 2022.
“Hopefully that looks like some more home games and a home finals series.”
Dwyer joins Brandley and Price, becoming the third player announced to join Giants Netball for 2022 and beyond, with more reveals to be made in the coming week.
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