17/04/2024

After four seasons Tara Hinchliffe will say goodbye to the Firebirds. (Photo: Super Netball)

Firebirds defender Tara Hinchliffe has chosen to depart the club in search of a new opportunity as she recovers from her ACL injury.

Defender Tara Hinchliffe has told the Queensland Firebirds that she’ll depart the club in search for new opportunities. 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 being offered a contract for the 2022 season, the co-vice captain politely declined due to wanting a new challenge while recovering from her ACL injury.

Although saddened by the news Firebirds coach Megan Anderson wishes the defender nothing but the best for the future.

Tara has been a defining force in our circle for the past four years,” Anderson said.

“As an athlete, she’s persistent, well known for her quiet determination and competitiveness.

“She’s a genuine and selfless person who gives her all to the club and Firebirds have been lucky to have watched her grow into an amazing athlete.

“We want to thank Tara for all she has given to the club and the purple fans and wish her well as she recovers from her recent knee surgery.”

Firebirds defender Tara Hinchliffe will depart. (Photo: Queensland Firebirds)

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Across her four seasons in the purple, Hinchliffe quickly found her way into the hearts of many Firebirds fans across the country.

When Hinchliffe arrived to the Firebirds she was mentored by Firebirds legend and former captain Laura Geitz and over the years created a dangerous combination with fellow defender Kim Jenner.

Hinchliffe has said after four years in the purple it’s time to take on a new challenge.

“I have learnt and grown so much during my time at the club and have gained such amazing friendships,” she said.

“I had to weigh up a lot of different perspectives, and it wasn’t a decision I took lightly because I am not a massive risk-taker, and I haven’t changed clubs before.

“I read this quote, and this summed it up pretty well for me – ‘Always go with the choice that scares you the most because that is the one that is going to help you grow.”

Hinchliffe said that breaking the news to her teammates, the club and the wider Firebirds family was tough and leaving them behind will be even tougher.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to the purple family for their support over the four years, you will definitely always have a place in my heart,” the defender said.

“Being able to play in front of our home crowd has been a highlight over the last two challenging years, and making such close friendships with our supporters has been a privilege.

“You made our wins better, and our losses a little easier, and I can’t wait to come out and feel the force of the purple crowd from a new perspective next year.”

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