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The comments come as both players begin preparation for the star-studded bushfire relief match between the Diamonds and the Suncorp Super Netball All-Stars on March 1.

“I don’t like to think too far ahead, you never know what’s going to happen with injuries and things like that,” Bassett said during the announcement of the match on Wednesday. “We’ve got a very long pre-season to stick my head down and really work hard and see how fit I can get in this next 14-weeks stretch and then we’ll see how the season goes.”

Diamonds star Caitlin Bassett.

Diamonds star Caitlin Bassett.Credit:AAP

After the charity match, the Super Netball season will kick-off with the Suncorp Team Girls Cup on March 27. The pre-season tournament will see all eight Super Netball teams compete in a round-robin style competition over three days at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney.

It is the first time the tournament will be held in NSW, with the inaugural event last year held in Brisbane.

The NSW Swifts will look to defend their title when the season returns in May.  Hadley believes her squad has a chance of going back-to-back but admits the number of injuries in her side will make the task difficult.

“Obviously, 2019 was awesome,” she said. “It proved we were able to stand up to the pressure and, after last year, people are going want to put pressure on us this year. It’s nice to be able to be recognised as a threat.”

One of the keys of that win was the leadership of head coach Briony Akle, who took over the team in 2017. Akle won two championships as a Swift and has been big on encouraging the team to embrace the club’s history.


Akle was nominated for NSW coach of the year last year at the NSW Sports Awards.

“One thing Briony does is she has the ability to have a line between a hard conversation and also understanding you are a person,” Hadley said. “Being a Swift herself, she places a lot of importance on the girls that came before us and I think it’s very special.”

Last year’s title meant the club became the first to win a premiership in all three national league formats: Commonwealth Bank Trophy (1997-2007), the ANZ Championship (2008-2016) and Suncorp Super Netball (2017-present).

“I think it’s one of those things, ahead of the season you are always focused on one goal and that’s to win,” she said.

Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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