30/05/2024
Teigan O'Shannassy and Tayla Fraser are the latest players to have signed with the NSW Swifts.

Teigan O'Shannassy and Tayla Fraser are the latest players to have signed with the NSW Swifts. Images: NSW Swifts

Tayla Fraser and Teigan O'Shannassy are the latest players to sign on with the NSW Swifts for their premiership defence.

Tayla Fraser signed with the NSW Swifts, meaning that the whole starting Grand Final team will return for 2022, meanwhile, Teigan O’Shannassy has been elevated from Training Partner. 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.

In her second full season, Fraser transitioned to playing more time in the wing defence position, sharing the role with Lauren Moore for much of the year. There, her speed and attacking nature allowed the Swifts to rapidly counterattack from turnovers.

With Moore announcing her departure from the Swifts, Fraser is likely to spend more time in the wing defence bib, and become a key cog for the Swifts going forward.

“Over the past numbers of seasons I have been lucky to take to the court with players I grew up admiring and wanting to emulate, so now getting to call them teammates makes me immensely proud,” the 22-year-old said.

“This past season has been particularly testing with so much time on the road but I feel it’s only brought us closer together as a group. Our vision is to keep building and adding to the legacy of the Swifts, which inspires not just us but countless netball fans all over the state.

“I also can’t wait to play more games back [in] Sydney and push for higher honours. I’ve played over 30 times for the Swifts but only a handful of those games have been at home so getting to run our as Premiers at Ken Rosewall Arena will be a very special moment.”

Tayla Fraser showed her versatility and playmaking throughout the season
Tayla Fraser showed her versatility and playmaking throughout the season. Image: NSW Swifts (Twitter)

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Teigan O’Shannassy has been elevated to the roster, after spending 2021 as a Training Partner with the Swifts. As a junior who played for Briony Akle in 2016 at the NSW Waratahs, and as part of the Swifts Pathway, O’Shannassy spent time with the Giants as well, before returning this year to the Swifts environment.

“I’ve loved being a part of the Swifts environment over the past 12 months and feel I’m in a great place ahead of what’s going to be a huge season,” the former Training Partner said.

“It is a very special club with a proud history and I love how this current group of players have set the standard for the rest of the competition, so getting the opportunity to play regularly with the likes of Sarah Klau and Maddy Turner is very exciting for me.

“I’ve had the chance to work with Briony as my coach down the years via the Netball NSW pathway and getting to reconnect with her at Super Netball level is a real full circle moment, while Bec Bulley is another great mentor to have in my corner.”

Bulley was notably impressed with her development of Turner and Klau in her first year as an assistant coach at the NSW Swifts, and will likely help O’Shannassy fit in seamlessly with the Swifts in 2022.

Fraser and O’Shannassy are the seventh and eighth players to sign on with the NSW Swifts for their premiership defence, leaving just two holes on the roster to be filled in the coming days.

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