Suncorp Super Netball Internationals 2019

WITH so many changes made to the Suncorp Super Netball team lineups following the end of season 2018, it is hard to keep track of players past, present and future.

Netball Draft Central has put together your definitive list of international players for the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball.




Beth Cobden: England

A centre-court player for England prior to doing her ACL at the end of the 2018 England Vitality Netball Superleague season, Cobden is in doubt of whether she will play for most of the 2019 season, however her dynamic movement through the midcourt and effective passing will be highly valued for the Thunderbirds’ 2019 rebuild and years ahead.


Maria Folau: New Zealand

It is official – New Zealand fan favourite and longbomber Maria Folau (ne’e Tutaia) is returning to Australia following the Netball New Zealand temporary ban on international competitions. Folau is an exciting new get for a side that struggled in the goal circle in 2018, with her movement around the circle and ability to shoot both short and longer distances ideal against the calibre of SSN defenders.


Layla Guscoth: England

A new addition to the Thunderbirds’ defence line, Guscoth is coming off a successful year of both international and domestic competition in England in 2018. Predominantly a goal defence, Guscoth’s ability to read play seamlessly and shut down attackers will come in handy when paired with the Thunderbirds’ other new defensive recruit Shamera Sterling and the ever-reliable Aussie GK Kate Shimmin.


Chelsea Pitman: England

Returning for her ninth season in Australia and her third with the Adelaide Thunderbirds, wing-attack Chelsea Pitman will be hoping for a more successful 2019 with her new teammates. Pitman’s experience playing with fellow England internationals Beth Cobden and Layla Guscoth will definitely be something for fans to look forward to after a disappointing 2018 season.


Shamera Sterling: Jamaica

Jamaica’s exciting young player Shamera Sterling is a fantastic pickup by the Adelaide Thunderbirds for the 2019 SSN season. Her height in defence is something that will intimidate goalers and create opportunities for the Thunderbirds’ newly created midcourt.






Jo Harten: England

The only international player for the Giants in 2019, England-born Jo Harten will be looking to follow up her fantastic 2018 SSN season and get the Giants one step further for the flag. Harten’s adaptability was showcased in 2018, with the tall typical-GS switched into GA for most of the season. Despite the Susan Pettitt-shaped hole in the Giants goal circle following the end of 2018, Harten’s flexibility will prove effective with the addition of Aussie GS Caitlin Bassett to the side. With the Giants’ new-look goaling lineup, it will be interesting to see how they compete for the top spot in 2019.




Geva Mentor: England

Fan-favourite Geva Mentor has come home to Victoria following a two-season stint at the Sunshine Coast Lightning. With a Commonwealth Gold medal and two premiership wins at the Lightning under her belt over 2017/2018, Collingwood fans will be very excited to see how Mentor can boost the side after two disappointing Suncorp Super Netball seasons.


Shimona Nelson: Jamaica

Picked up from the Adelaide Thunderbirds after a solid season under the ring, 20-year-old Shimona Nelson will look forward to learning from ex-Diamond Nat Medhurst in goals and help her new side to a more successful 2019 SSN season. With a skilled split and height in the goal circle, Nelson will be a solid target for the Magpies midcourt.




Kadie-Ann Dehaney: Jamaica

Young-gun defender, Kadie-Ann Dehaney sat on the bench for the first half of the 2018 SSN season, but got her moment in the spotlight when Vixens goalkeeper Emily Mannix was forced to sit out due to an ongoing finger injury. An exciting young player with long arms and quick footwork, Vixens fans will be crossing their fingers for Dehaney to get time on court in 2019.


Mwai Kumwenda: Malawi

Though star-shooter Mwai Kumwenda will be sitting out most of 2019 with an ACL injury attained in the latter half of the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball season, her power in attack and shooting skills will surely be used for good in her season off to help bring up new goalers to Vixens level.


Ine-Mari Venter: South Africa

New to Suncorp Super Netball in 2019, South African Venter will be looking to boost her shooting with some quality time on court to bring back to the SPAR Proteas for the 2019 Netball World Cup. With a high, loping shot at goal, a fast circle drive despite her height and a shooting ability for both short and longer shots, Venter will be a great addition to the Vixens if given court-time.




Natalie Haythornthwaite: England

Picked up mid-2018 SSN season by the Swifts, Haythornthwaite will be looking to back up her strong form with a full season in 2019, on top of her England international duties. Her versatility allows movement through centre-court, with an ability to move in goals if needed. Haythornthwaite’s strong drive will be pivotal for movement downcourt for the Swifts in attack.


Helen Housby: England

England sharpshooter Helen Housby had another fantastic season in the Suncorp Super Netball in 2019. Her effectiveness both under the ring and defensively downcourt makes her an exciting player to watch, and with a similar 2019 lineup to 2018, the Swifts will be hoping to make their way up through the ranks through the shooting skill of Housby, her GS and fellow international counterpart Sam Wallace (Trinidad), and young Aussie GS Sophie Garbin.


Sam Wallace: Trinidad

Despite a solid two years playing for the Swifts in the Suncorp Super Netball, goal-shooter Sam Wallace will have her work cut out for her to remain in the Swifts starting seven in 2019 with the speedy development of young Aussie Sophie Garbin. Playing a typical tall goal-shooter role, Wallace’s dynamic movement off the body and quick footwork under the ring will once again prove effective when paired with Helen Housby.




Romelda Aiken: Jamaica

Tall shooter Romelda Aiken is back again with the Queensland Firebirds, for her eleventh year with the club and playing for the Australian league. A great target in the circle for the Firebirds, Aiken’s height and skilled movement around the circle and players alike paired with her partner in crime Gretel Tippett will be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming season. After the Firebirds’ spectacular rise up the ranks in 2018, Aiken will be wanting to up her own form and shooting accuracy ready for season 2019.






Laura Langman: New Zealand

Exciting New Zealand star centre, Laura Langman is returning to Australian netball in 2019, rejoining the Sunshine Coast Lightning after being forced to sit out of the 2018 season in accordance with Netball New Zealand’s international guidelines. Lightning will be looking to three-peat their brilliant first two years in the Suncorp Super Netball, and Langman’s speed downcourt and accurate circle feeds will surely help them towards that goal.


Phumza Maweni: South Africa

With a strong pass and long arms, Maweni is another great addition to the Lightning’s 2019 lineup. Experience playing in defence with fellow South African Karla Pretorius will prove useful, while her ability to confuse space and stall player movement in the circle will help reduce shooting opportunities for the opposition.


Karla Pretorius: South Africa

Widely described as the best goal defence in the world in 2018, Karla Pretorius will be looking to back up her stellar 2018 SSN and international seasons in 2019. With the help of her fluid footwork, arms over ball pressure and ease of deflection, Pretorius racked up 40 intercepts in the SSN in 2018. With the loss of Geva Mentor to the Collingwood Magpies at the end of 2018, Pretorius will likely have to step into more of a leadership position on court with young players rotating through GK.


Peace Proscovia: Uganda

New to Suncorp Super Netball in 2019, Ugandan goal-shooter Peace Proscovia will have the work cut out for her filling the shoes of current Australian Diamonds Captain and ex-Lightning premiership player Caitlin Bassett. Captain of the Ugandan national team, Proscovia’s smooth shooting action and leadership will be helpful in the goal circle, and with her commanding presence we can expect her to play a similar role to Bassett.




Stacey Francis: England

After Fever’s low ranking 2017, Francis came out flying to start off the West Coast Fever’s successful 2018 campaign. Paired with Aussie Courtney Bruce in defence, Francis’ power as a defensive mid-courter and high vertical leap despite her shorter stature will be pivotal to the Fever’s continued success in the SSN.


Jhaniele Fowler: Jamaica

Named Suncorp Super Netball Player of the Year for 2018 after a record-breaking shooting season, Jhaniele Fowler will be back with a vengeance in 2019 after the Sunshine Coast Lightning snatched SSN victory with a three-goal win in the grand final. With a 2018 season accuracy of 92 per cent, Fowler will be hoping to break her own record and up her accuracy to push Fever to win the Suncorp Super Netball in 2019.

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