28/02/2024

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Noongar woman and Queensland Firebirds goal shooter Donnell Wallam spoke about the importance of First Nations Round ahead of her team’s clash with the Melbourne Vixens.

Speaking to the media ahead of First Nations Round, Wallam spoke about what she is looking forward to about the round.

“It’s a pretty special round for us First Nations athletes and everyone involved,” Wallam said.

“It’s a chance to showcase our culture, start conversations, and get some recognition for our past players, current players, and players to come.”

Wallam appreciated her team’s approach to First Nations Round, embracing the activities surrounding the special period.

“We all love this round,” she said

“We’ll use that as a bit of energy, and the girls really connect with us and our culture, and I think they use that as their energy as well.”

In last week’s opening First Nations Round, Wallam scored her 1,000th goal in just her second Suncorp Super Netball season, leading the Firebirds to victory over GIANTS Netball.

“We’re going to look to bring that performance back here to Brisbane,” Wallam mused.

The round will be special for another reason, as Wallam will have four special supporters cheering her on in the stands.

“My mom and my three nephews came over from WA, so they’ll be in the crowd here, which will be pretty special and exciting,” Wallam revealed.

It will be their first time watching a Firebirds game in Queensland.

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Adding to the positive narrative, Wallam spent her inaugural First Nations Round with Jemma Mi Mi last year, who took her under her wing and made her feel comfortable.

Wallam will return the favour for Jemma’s sister, Leesa Mi Mi, after the Firebirds training partner got her first Super Netball start last week against the GIANTS.

“Yeah, that’s really exciting and really special as well,” Wallam said of the opportunity.

“To be able to take Leesa under my wing during this week in front of both our families here in Queensland is pretty special and something I’m looking forward to.”

A finals appearance is out of reach for the Firebirds, with the side currently sitting in 7th with three wins. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to play for against the Melbourne Vixens this weekend.

“I’m always looking forward to a challenge, and they’ve been playing really well lately, so we just need to rise to the occasion as well,” Wallam noted.

“We know that we’re not going to make finals this year, so it’s all about just keep building, keep working on what we need to work on, and then hopefully, we can come away with some wins.

“We know that we can put out four quarters; we’ve shown it against three teams this year, so we’ve just got to back ourselves.

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