by Jordan Witte & Claire Macuz
Metro Jets are extremely proud to announce their leadership group and captains for the 2017 autumn season.
After careful consideration, discussions with coaches and the players themselves, we believe we’ve found the best possible leaders for each team, based on their level of play, ability to lead by example and encourage others on court.
Congratulations to all the girls named in leadership positions.
Captain: Jaclyn Rooney
Rooney – the starting centre for the Division 2 side – has lead by example since coming to the club. With a chequered injury history, Rooney has never let setbacks affect her, returning to the court each time with her trademark speed and passing game providing drive and direction for her teammates. She sets the standard at training, going above and beyond to improve and succeed.
Vice-Captain: Kali Fraser
Fraser brings a tougher edge to the midcourt. Whenever there’s a ball in dispute, Fraser is always there to be found, setting the tone for the team. Not just a wing defence, Fraser’s versatility throughout the midcourt means she’s a valuable asset for any coach, able to succeed and excel in an attacking or defending role. Fraser’s passing ability sets her apart, with deft touches helping to improve her teammates every week.
Captain: Megg Ryan
Ryan brings a vast array of skills. The goal shooter has a wealth of experience behind her, with top-flight netball at 14 just one of her many achievements. Responsible for the development of the club’s younger shooters and a helping hand to many, Ryan is capable of lethal shooting stretches and putting the team on her back, and is peerless as a holding goaler. In addition to captaining Division 4, she is also the co-coach.
Vice-Captain: Alanna Macuz
Macuz’s rise is phenomenal in its speed. After taking time off netball during Year 12, the versatile midcourter returned with a vengeance last season, playing in Division 5. A monstrous pre-season, combined with working in her own time and improving her fitness, has seen Macuz firstly promoted to Division 4 and now rewarded for her on-court leadership with the vice-captaincy, and she’ll help the younger members of the squad deal with the demands of combining a final year of study (four Division 4 players are currently in Year 12) with their netball careers.
Captains: Emily Aitken & Georgia Rajic
Aitken is new to the club in 2017, but has already displayed leadership on court as a wing defense & goal defense. Aitken brings an unrelenting positivity to the squad, and has slotted in seamlessly. With sharp hands and an ability to see the game unfold before it happens, Aitken’s Metro career is off to a flying start and will be fun to watch develop this season.
Rajic is a fellow member of the Division 5 defense, after being elevated from Division 6 last season. An outstanding pre-season and a massive uptick in defensive pressure earned her the promotion, and Rajic has gone from strength to strength in this season, directing traffic on court and leading a resurgent defense.
Captains: Scarlett Padden & Tanya Beaumont
Another Metro junior, Padden capped off an outstanding underage career by winning the U17 best and fairest last season. The undersized goal attack has outstanding versatility, and has played in every position bar goalkeeper on the court during her junior career. Despite giving away height to her opponents most weeks, Padden’s shooting form, attacking movement and all-round instincts are developed far beyond her years. The youngster has incredible potential and will only get better as she continues to grow as a player.
Beaumont is new to the club, but has fitted nicely into a team that is comprised of multiple new arrivals. She seeks out opportunities to get better, does extra work and has thrived as a leader of young players. Learning a new system and set plays have proved easy for the wing attack, who leads on court through her voice and drive.
Vice-Captain: Georgia Tymms
Tymms rounds out the Open Age leadership group. Having come through the junior ranks with Padden, Tymms’ athletic ability has developed since her underage days. She has taken on the role as starting centre and improved in leaps and bounds since the start of the season, implementing whatever her coaches ask of her. Tymms can play anywhere on the court and beat her opponent hands down through a combination of superior work rate and sheer talent.
Captain: Darja Bilyanska
Bilyanska is arguably the most consistent player at the club. The midcourter has exceptional vision and touch in her passes, and turns up every week and hands out assists to her goalers like it’s her day job. A tireless work rate and on-court leadership, along with being involved at the club at the most junior level as a coach and an umpire, means the decision to elect Bilyanska captain is an easy one.
Vice-Captain: Bela Hartman
Hartman’s defensive instincts are second to none. The defender plays hard and fair, going everywhere with her opponent and always getting a hand to passes. Hartman can also shoot if you need her to, and she’s athletic enough to play midcourt in spurts. If you need an interception, Hartman will get it for you. A product of the junior development system at Metro, Hartman is another girl with a massive future at the club.
Captain: Leah Cheevers
If you need a story that defines Cheevers, it’s that she tore ligaments in her ankle in a pre-match warmup, then played 3 quarters with the injury. The defender gives absolutely everything she’s got for the entirety of her court time, moving with speed and purpose, defending not only her player but huge parts of the court through superior positioning. She will be missing in action for several weeks due to her ankle injury, but will return to the team midway through the season.
Vice-Captains: Aimee Harris & Charlotte Caldow
Harris has worked exceptionally hard on her shooting form throughout the pre-season, which was rewarded with a stint in the top 17s side. Harris is the first one at the stadium on game days and for training, signalling a work ethic that comes in second to none. Harris can play in goals or as a wing defence, and has improved her reliability and her leadership to persevere through setbacks and become a genuinely good netballer.
Progressing through the junior ranks, Caldow has continued to improve and develop as a defender. Now, she represents Metro with controlled aggression, great positioning and leading by example, forming a formidable defensive pairing with Cheevers and repelling whoever comes into her defensive third. She brings a harder edge and has all the development in the world ahead of her.
Captain: Sara Abate
Abate seems to be everywhere on court, with the undersized defender rising to poke away passes and intercept balls seemingly at will. She leads on court and off court, listens at training and plays much taller than she is, in addition to her versatility and positive attitude. Despite her relative youth, Abate has quickly proven that she is the undisputed leader of the side. She has a massive future ahead of her at Metro.
Vice-Captain: Pauline Genreau
Genreau has never let anything stand in her way. The midcourter’s desire to improve is second to nobody at the club, and she is constantly asking how she can get better. Working on her evasiveness and defensive pressure at training, Genreau can look forward to a big season and continuing to lead a young and developing team.