Emerging defender Sunday Aryang has re-signed with the West Coast Fever for another two seasons. For all your 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.
Aryang had a stellar 2021 recording 54 gains, 50 deflections and 24 intercepts, and creating a dangerous partnership with Fever captain Courtney Bruce.
The 20-year-old’s season was recognised by national selectors, getting the call up to the Diamonds squad for 2021/22. She also received West Coast Fever’s People’s Choice Award, which was voted by members.
Making her Super Netball debut in 2019 against the New South Wales Swifts, she’s since played 31 games in the green dress.
Outgoing Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich praised Aryang throughout the season for her “energy” in defence and pushing up through the mid-court, lauding the variety she offered the side.
In a dominant smashing of the Adelaide Thunderbirds in July, Aryang performed a strong lockdown role on fellow rising star Georgie Horjus.
Marinkovich saw it as a turning point for Aryang and the defensive group.
“The biggest thing in defence is that you’ve got to lock down on your individual player and then you’ve got to link in with your unit,” Marinkovich said.
“[In the past fortnight] I think our linking didn’t work or wasn’t as prominent, tonight it was definitely there.”
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Aryang said that she’s looking forward to continuing her netball career at the Fever.
“I’m super excited and grateful for the opportunity to be with the club for another two years,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Green Army again, being back with the girls and starting our new journey with Dan Ryan.”
The signing means that the Fever’s team for 2022 is now complete with Aryang joining Bruce, Jhaniele Fowler, Verity Charles, Jess Anstiss, Stacey Francis-Bayman, Alice Teague-Neeld, Sasha Glasgow and new recruit Rudi Ellis.
Aryang will be expected to quickly form a new partnership with Ellis as the Fever push for finals once again, but the familiar and experienced hands of Francis-Bayman and Bruce should see the defensive group as dangerous as ever.
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