Athlete Insight – Matilda Garrett

Matilda Garrett is a young and talented Australian Netball player who has recently made the move to Adelaide to join their Suncorp Super Netball team, the Thunderbirds. Tilly has written a great piece into her journey in the Super Netball COVID hub, changing teams and moving cities.

2020 was a crazy year that taught me to embrace change, grow from hardship and appreciate the little things in life. Like many others, last year was my hardest year to date.   

My team in 2020 only won one game, which in a normal season would be very difficult to cope with. No one likes losing! Being in a hub and playing two games a week only amplified the emotions that came with losing and at times it was difficult to switch off from thinking about netball. I was really lacking confidence. Regardless of the difficult season, I was and still am extremely grateful that the Suncorp Super Netball League was able to go ahead during a year of so many uncertainties. There are always good things that come from challenging situations and the hub and contracting period in 2020 was an experience in which I definitely grew from.  

Contracting can often be a daunting period in an athlete’s journey. This was no different for me last year. As I was lacking confidence in my ability, a change in environment was something I knew I had to consider. I want to continue to grow as a player and person. Change can be scary but for me so was the thought of being stagnant.   

When Tania Obst (Adelaide Thunderbirds Coach) reached out, it was evident that she believed in me and my netball abilities. I needed to hear this. For me, telling the Collingwood girls I was moving clubs, was the hardest thing about changing teams. After reflecting and writing this piece I feel very fortunate that it was difficult letting the Collingwood girls know I was leaving, as it meant I had built really strong relationships with them. When the news came out that I had officially signed with the Adelaide Thunderbirds I received an overwhelming amount of support from my family, friends, my new teammates, Collingwood girls and fans. This really warmed my heart.   

Friends and family often asked me whether I was scared to be moving states and my answer was always “no”. I am a very social person and the thought of getting to meet and play with a whole new group of girls really excited me! It also made it easier knowing one of my best friends from Melbourne, Samantha Gooden, had also just recently signed to play for the Adelaide Thunderbirds and Hannah Petty, my World Youth Cup captain, was a part of the team as well.     

Transitioning from Melbourne to Adelaide has been really enjoyable for me. Compared to busy Melbourne, Adelaide is like one big country town. Traffic is non-existent and if you’re driving further than 20 minutes, it is considered a long road trip (in Melbourne it could take me 20 minutes to drive 2kms down the road haha). The coffee is also really good in Adelaide! From the moment I have arrived my teammates and club have welcomed me with open arms. I am thoroughly loving training, the new drills I am learning and building relationships with my teammates.  

 

  Having a good work/life balance is super important for my wellbeing. Since being in Adelaide I have just started working at Gleeson Secondary College where I am coaching aspiring students and when the semester starts back, I will continue my university degree at the University of South Australia. I was offered this job before moving over to Adelaide and knew I could do cross institutional studies, which also helped with my transition in moving states.    

I look forward to what this year brings! I hope everyone is healthy and staying safe! Thanks, RDK for asking me to write this piece, it was nice to reflect and share a bit about my journey! 

Emerging Athlete Weekly Wrap #10

Each week, we want to put a spotlight on our emerging athletes that participate in state league and local competitions across Australia. We are so proud to support clients from a wide range of sports and competitions, so let’s take a moment to highlight just a few who had stellar performances over the weekend!

Highlights

In the QAFL, it was Grand Final week with Broadbeach taking on Morningside. After a hard fought battle, Morningside came out on top winners by 9 points. For Broadbeach Aiden Fyfe who played across half back was named in his sides best players, Ryan Gilmore also kicked a goal for his side playing up forward.

The Colts Grand Final also featured Broadbeach taking on Palm Beach, it was a similar story to the seniors with Broadbeach going down by 20 points which featured both Tom Hofert and Ryan Pickering.

During the second week of finals for AFL Sydney, Ryan Hebron’s North Shore Bombers went down by 9 points in their Semi-Final. Jake Bartholomaeus was amongst Sydney University’s best players as they cruised to a 43 point victory, setting up a Preliminary Final clash with North Shore Bombers.

Maddie Hinchliffe and Brisbane North Cougars have now won 6 out of 6 games winning 51-44 against Wildcats.

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Emerging Athlete Report #9

Each week, we want to put a spotlight on our emerging athletes that participate in state league and local competitions across Australia. We are so proud to support clients from a wide range of sports and competitions, so let’s take a moment to highlight just a few who had stellar performances over the weekend!

Highlights

It was Preliminary finals week in Queensland Football, with Palm Beach Currumbin’s, Max Spencer, taking on Morningside. Unfortunately they weren’t able to recover from a poor first quarter losing to Morningside by 19 points and being knocked out of the 2020 QAFL Season.

Meanwhile it was a different story for Broadbeach’s Ryan Gilmore, Aiden Fyfe and Kwaby Boakye as they proved too strong for Sherwood winning by 43 points and booking themselves a spot in the QAFL Grand Final.

In the QAFL Colts, Tom Hofert proved to be too big and strong for Wilston Grange kicking 3 goals. However, it was Ryan Pickering who earned best on ground honours in Broadbeach’s 4 point win against Wilston Grange. They will head into next weekends Grand Final against Palm Beach Currumbin.

While Ryan Hebron’s North Shore Bombers had the week off, Jake Bartholomaeus and Sydney University took on UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs in a Qualifying Final. Jake was named in his side’s best players but it wasn’t enough as they lost by 2 points. A double chance has kept them alive, with a do or die clash next weekend.

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Ryan Pickering in the Ruck for Broadbeach Cats

Emerging Athlete Weekly Wrap #8

Each week, we want to put a spotlight on our emerging athletes that participate in state league and local competitions across Australia. We are so proud to support clients from a wide range of sports and competitions, so let’s take a moment to highlight just a few who had stellar performances over the weekend!

Highlights

In the final fixtured game of the year, Frank Anderson has helped Swan Districts claim a 31 point victory, where he had 25 disposals and 5 tackles playing through their midfield. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the case for Peel Thunder and James Sturrock as they went down in their final game of the year. Sturrock collected 12 disposals and 4 tackles for Peel.  

It was Elimination Finals this week in the QAFL and Max Spencer ensured Palm Beach progressed to a Preliminary Final adding 3 goals in their 45 point win. They will now take on Morningside for a spot in the Grand Final.

In the QAFL Colts, Ryan Pickering was named in Broadbeach’s best players guiding them to a 20 point win. Tom Hofert also kicked a goal for the side, helping them progress to a preliminary final against Wilston Grange next week.

Coolangatta’s Corey Joyce was named in his side’s best players as they went down in a Preliminary Final against Victoria Point.

North Shore Bombers Ryan Hebron and Sydney University’s Jake Bartholomaeus went head to head this weekend with North Shore Bombers coming out on top. Ryan kicked 2 goals for the game and has finished the season equal first in the competition’s goal kicking. Jake was also named in his sides best players. Both Jake and Ryan will move onto finals next week.

Maddie Hinchliffe’s Brisbane North Cougars have proved too strong for the Ipswich Jets on the weekend, winning by 3 points. The two teams were both undefeated heading into this round, making it an intense top of the table clash! With this weeks win, Maddie’s side is sitting on top of the Hart Sapphire Series ladder.

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Frank Anderson tackling opposition player

Emerging Athlete Weekly Wrap #7

Each week, we want to put a spotlight on our emerging athletes that participate in state league and local competitions across Australia. We are so proud to support clients from a wide range of sports and competitions, so let’s take a moment to highlight just a few who had stellar performances over the weekend!

Highlights

Frank Anderson has helped Swan Districts win their second game of the year by 27 points. Anderson collected 24 disposals, 8 tackles and 5 inside 50’s as they proved too strong for Perth.

It was the final fixture game for the QAFL this weekend, with Kwaby Boakye being named best on ground in Broadbeach’s 50 point victory over Morningside. Palm Beach’s Max Spencer went up forward in the last game of the year and proved to be the answer for his side kicking 5.4 and being named his sides best player as they defeated Mt Gravatt by 48 points. Max Pescud kicked 2 goals and was named in the best players for Surfers, while Rhys Nicholls was named in Labrador’s best for a second straight week.

Meanwhile in the QAFL Colts, Tom Hofert and Ryan Pickering proved to be too strong working as a ruck combination together with Tom being named in his sides best players and Ryan kicking a goal.

We wish all our QAFL Clients playing in finals next week the best of luck on their journey to the big dance!

In Sydney, Ryan Hebron kicked 3 goals for North Shore Bombers as they won their 8th straight game. Jake Bartholomaeus was named in Sydney University’s best players and kicked a goal as they also won their 8th straight game, setting up a top of the table clash next week against North Shore Bombers in the final fixture game of the season.

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Emerging Athlete Weekly Wrap #6

Each week, we want to put a spotlight on our emerging athletes that participate in state league and local competitions across Australia. We are so proud to support clients from a wide range of sports and competitions, so let’s take a moment to highlight just a few who had stellar performances over the weekend!

Highlights

Swan Districts Midfielder Frank Anderson had a strong performance in his side’s 35 point loss to East Fremantle collecting 18 disposals and 9 tackles. The loss over the weekend diminishes their finals chances this year, with now just 2 games left for the fixture season. 

In Queensland, Aiden Fyfe  was named best on ground in Broadbeach’s big win over Wilston Grange. Playing off half-back and through the wing, Fyfe was able to help his side rebound the football from their back half. Ryan Gilmore was able to add 2 goals to Broadbeach’s tally and Kwaby Boakye was also named in their best players. Rhys Nicholls provided plenty of run and carry from Labrador’s defensive end but unfortunately wasn’t enough as the side lost by 26 points to Maroochydore.

Ryan Hebron has continued his strong form kicking 4 goals for the North Shore Bombers in their 41 point win, taking his season total to 22 goals from 7 games. Jake Bartholomaeus has been named Best on Ground for the 4th time this year in just his 5th game for Sydney University, they proved too strong for their opponents on the weekend winning by 70 points.

It was Brisbane North Cougars proving too strong again in the Hart Sapphire Series, with Maddie Hinchliffe assisting her side to victory playing through mid-court.

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Frank Anderson Swan District WAFL

Emerging Athlete Weekly Wrap #5

Each week, we want to put a spotlight on our emerging athletes that participate in state league and local competitions across Australia. We are so proud to support clients from a wide range of sports and competitions, so let’s take a moment to highlight just a few who had stellar performances over the weekend!

Highlights

Peel Thunder (James Sturrock) and Swan Districts (Frank Anderson) took on each other over the weekend, seeing Anderson’s Swan Districts come out on top. James Sturrock impressed for Peel with 21 disposals, 3 marks and 2 inside 50’s.

Rhys Nicholls was named in Labrador’s best players as he returned back to his local club after two strong performances for the Suns Academy. Ryan Gilmore kicked a goal and was named in Broadbeach’s best players as they maintained their undefeated record. RDK Sports’ latest client signing, Max Pescud starred for Surfers Paradise kicking 6.4 as he helped his side get over the line by 3 points.

Courtney Daniec has continued her strong and impressive season being named in Aspley’s best players for a 10th straight game.

In Sydney, it was Ryan Hebron who kicked 4 goals for the North Shore Bombers as they went on to win by 58 points keeping them at the top of the ladder.

For a second straight week, Maddie Hinchliffe’s Brisbane North Cougars have been victorious in the Netball Queensland Hart Sapphire Series as they defeated Bond University Bull Sharks 60-39.

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Maddison Hinchliffe Brisbane North Cougars

Emerging Athlete Weekly Wrap #4

By Flynn Loft

Each week, we want to put a spotlight on our emerging athletes that participate in state league and local competitions across Australia. We are so proud to support clients from a wide range of sports and competitions, so let’s take a moment to highlight just a few who had stellar performances over the weekend!

The Gold Coast Suns Academy have once again defeated the Brisbane Lions by 7 points, claiming the series 2-0. Both Rhys Nicholls & Aiden Fyfe led from the front again for the Suns Academy being named in their sides best players. A big congratulations to all boys who have featured in the series, who now will return to their QAFL clubs.

Swan Districts Midfielder Frank Anderson has returned after the bye collecting 17 disposals and 5 tackles in his sides 20 point defeat to South Fremantle, while Peel Thunder’s James Sturrock had 14 possessions in his sides loss to Subiaco.

A top of the table clash in the QAFL over the weekend with Palm Beach Currumbin taking on Broadbeach. Max Spencer was judged best on ground by his coaches as they narrowly lost by 1 point to Broadbeach at Salk Oval. Meanwhile, Daniel Charlesworth was named in Surfers Paradise Demons best players in their loss to Mt Gravatt.

North Shore Bombers once again proved to strong for their opposition winning by 41 points, Ryan Hebron was named in his sides best players with 2 goals and now sits in equal 3rd for goals kicked in the competition.

In the Hart Sapphire Series, Maddie Hinchliffe’s Brisbane North Cougars have defeated the Carina Leagues Club Tigers 60-34. Playing through the mid-court Maddie was able to dominate the game and provide her side with key opportunities to win the game. 

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Emerging Athlete Weekly Wrap #3

By Flynn Loft

Each week, we want to put a spotlight on our emerging athletes that participate in state league and local competitions across Australia. We are so proud to support clients from a wide range of sports and competitions, so let’s take a moment to highlight just a few who had stellar performances over the weekend!

Highlights

7th of August - 9th of August

Over the weekend we saw a return to the U18 Academy Series with Gold Coast defeating Brisbane by 53 points. Aiden Fyfe made the most of the first quarter hitting the scoreboard early and continued his dominance throughout the remainder of the game. Rhys Nicholls’ run-and-carry during the game proved to be productive for the Suns, rebounding it from their back half. Ryan Pickering and Tom Hofert both shared the ruck duties for the Suns Academy and had great performances. 

Broadbeach’s Kwaby Boakye was named in the side’s best players, as they were able to defeat the reigning premiers over the weekend. Boakye’s dashing speed and foot skills proved pivotal to breaking lines and entering their forward half. Meanwhile, Coolangatta’s Corey Joyce has continued his strong form being named best on ground in their sides victory, putting them into 2nd spot on the ladder.

Sydney University remains undefeated with Jake Bartholomaeus now making it three straight best on ground performances. Whilst Ryan Hebron’s North Shore Bombers are also undefeated winning by 25 goals, Ryan was able to chip in with 4 of his own.

There was also a return to the Queensland Basketball League over the weekend. We can’t wait to see our very own Maddie Hinchliffe back in action this weekend for the Hart Sapphire Series, playing for the Brisbane North Cougars.

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Emerging Athlete Weekly Wrap #2

By Flynn Loft

Each week, we want to put a spotlight on our emerging athletes that participate in state league and local competitions across Australia. We are so proud to support clients from a wide range of sports and competitions, so let’s take a moment to highlight just a few who had stellar performances over the weekend!

Highlights

31st of July - 2nd of August
In the WAFL, Frank Anderson (23 disposals, 3 tackles and 5 free kicks for) has been named in Swan Districts best players, as they lost to WAFL Reigning premiers Subiaco by 39 points.
 
Round 3 of AFL Sydney’s Premier Division has seen Sydney University (32.26 218) defeating UTS Australia (1.8 14), with Jake Bartholomaeus making it a back-to-back best on ground performance and adding 4 goals to their tally. Meanwhile in other scores around the league, Ryan Hebron’s North Shore Bombers, went on to win by 127 points, with Ryan kicking 3 goals.
 
Heading north in the QAFLW, Courtney Daniec has once again been named in Aspley’s best players despite being defeated by Yeronga South Brisbane. In the QAFL Colts competition, Ryan Pickering kicked a goal for Broadbeach who were defeated by 11 points. Whilst for Coolangatta Men’s Seniors, Corey Joyce has returned to his junior club and helped his side pull off a remarkable last half, where the side kicked 13 goals to 1 to defeat Tweed Coast. 
 
We are looking forward to seeing the Northern Academies back in action this weekend with Ryan Pickering, Tom Hofert, Rhys Nicholls and Aidan Fyfe all set to return for the Gold Coast Suns Academy.

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