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SYDNEY SWIFTS



 

The Sydney Swifts were one of the eight inaugural teams in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy (CBT) in 1997.

The eight inaugural teams of the CBT: Sydney Sandpipers, Sydney Swifts, Adelaide Thunderbirds, Adelaide Ravens, Melbourne Kestrels, Melbourne Phoenix, Queensland Firebirds & Perth Orioles.

The Sydney Swifts played from 1997 to 2007, eleven seasons of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy.

Sydney Swifts team captains: Catriona Wagg (1997-1999), Liz Ellis (2000-2007)
 

Statistics
Total games played: 178
Wins: 134
Losses: 42
Draws: 2
Appearances in Finals Series: 11 (all series)
Appearances in Grand Final: 7
Premierships: 4 (2001, 2004, 2006, 2007)
Head Coach: Julie Fitzgerald (11 seasons)
 
 
 
 
 

Season by Season
 

The Sydney Swifts placed third in the inaugural season of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy after losing their preliminary final against the Adelaide Thunderbirds 39-65.

1997 Team: Catriona Wagg (Captain), Megan Anderson, Donna Broadbent,  Catherine Cox, Erin Culnane, Liz Ellis, Raegan Gilmour, Carly Harridge, Sharyn Hill, Joanne Morgan, Tracy Pierce, Victoria Saywell, Amy Stevens, Alison Williams, Megan Williams  

Coach Julie Fitzgerald, Manager Jan Troy

 

In 1998 the Sydney Swifts enjoyed their first grand final appearance. The grand final was played in Adelaide against the Thunderbirds at ETSA Park, with the Swifts unable to hold out the home team, losing 42 – 48. The home court of the Sydney Swifts was established in 1998 at the State Sports centre, moving from the Anne Clark Centre which was the inaugural season venue.
1998 Team: Catriona Wagg (Captain), Catherine Cox, Erin Culnane, Susan Diver-Tuck, Liz Ellis, Mo’onia Gerrard, Raegan Gilmour, Julie Harrison, Elise Middleton, Karen Miller, Joanne Morgan, Marie Clare Oshea, Victoria Saywell, Nerida Stewart, Amy Stevens, Alison Williams
Coach Julie Fitzgerald, Manager Jan Troy

 

In 1999 the Sydney Swifts placed third in the competition after losing their preliminary final against the Adelaide Ravens. The Ravens victory set up the only home derby grand final of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy with Adelaide’s Thunderbirds v Ravens in the final. 1999 was also the final season of their captain and NSW netball stalwart Catriona Wagg.

1999 Team: Catriona Wagg (Captain), Kelly Adamson, Shay Barley, Catherine Cox, Susan Diver-Tuck, Liz Ellis, Raegan Gilmour, Selina Gilsenan, Hayley McKivat, Karen Miller, Marie Clare Oshea, Victoria Saywell, Nerida Stewart,  Briony Thornley, Alison Williams

Coach Julie Fitzgerald, Manager Jan Troy

 

In 2000, Liz Ellis’ inaugural season as captain the Sydney Swifts were defeated in an “extra time” preliminary final by the Thunderbirds, placing third overall.

2000 Team: Liz Ellis (Captain), Kelly Adamson, Megan Anderson, Shay Barley, Selina Gilsenan, Raegan Jackson, Hayley Mckivat,  Karen Miller, Natalia Sloane,  Briony Thornley, Alison Williams

Coach Julie Fitzgerald, Manager Jan Troy

 

In their fifth season of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy, 2001, the Sydney Swifts attained their first premiership at the State Sports Centre before a huge home crowd against the Adelaide Thunderbirds in a 25-goal victory; 57-32.

Sydney TAB Swifts went on to win the NSW Team of The Year award.

2001 Team: Liz Ellis (captain), Kelly Adamson, Briony Akle, Jane Altshwager, Megan Anderson, Shay Barley, Alison Broadbent, Susan Diver-Tuck, Michelle Gillett, Kim Gilmour, Selina Gilsenan, Reagan Jackson, Hayley Mckivat,  Natalie Sloane, Julia Symons
Coach Julie Fitzgerald, Manager Jan Troy

 

In season six of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy, the Sydney Swifts finished third on the minor and major premiership tables, unable to secure themselves a grand final birth in 2002.

2002 Team: Liz Ellis (Captain)  Briony Akle, Jane Altschwager, Megan Anderson, Katie Bradstock, Alison Broadbent, Casey Bye, Catherine Cox, Susan Diver-Tuck, Michelle Gillett, Selina Gilsenan, Raegan Jackson, Jackie Murphy, Natalie Sloane, Julia Symons   Coach Julie Fitzgerald, Manager Jan Troy

 

2003 was one of the most memorable grand finals of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy, the Sydney Swifts were defeated narrowly 44-47 by Melbourne Phoenix in front of a 10,500 crowd at The Superdome (later named Acer Arena) in Sydney. The home team fought gallantly but the Phoenix came storming home in the final minutes devastating the home side.

2003 Team: Liz Ellis (Captain),  Briony Akle, Jane Altschwager, Megan Anderson, Sarah Barrett, Alison Broadbent, Casey Bye, Catherine Cox, Kim Gilmour, Selina Gilsenan, Raegan Jackson, Julia Symons

Coach Julie Fitzgerald, Manager Jan Troy

 

Back after a crushing grand final loss in 2003 to the Melbourne Phoenix, the Sydney Swifts took their revenge with a one goal victory 52-51 over the Phoenix in 2004. Also in 2004, Netball NSW created netball history, hosting the largest home game of netball (13,439 spectators) with their CBT Double Header at The Superdome with Sydney TAB Swifts v Melbourne Phoenix and Hunter Jaegers vs Melbourne Kestrels round game.

2004 Team: Liz Ellis (Captain),  Briony Akle, Jane Altschwager, Megan Anderson, Sarah Barrett, Katie Bradstock, Alison Broadbent, Catherine Cox, Mo’onia Gerrard,  Selina Gilsenan,  Kimberlee Green,  Paula Peralta, Julia Symons, Vanessa Ware

 Coach Julie Fitzgerald, Assistant Coach Collette Longley, Manager Jan Troy

 

Appearing in their third consecutive grand final, the Sydney Swifts were defeated by Melbourne Phoenix 61-44 in Melbourne.

2005 Team: Liz Ellis (Captain), Megan Anderson, Sarah Barrett, Erin Bell, Lauren Berger, Alison Broadbent, Catherine Cox, Samantha Dennis, Nardia Fitzgerald, Mo’onia Gerrard, Selina Gilsenan, Adelaide Johnson, Sepi Langi, Karen Thew,  Vanessa Ware

Coach Julie Fitzgerald, Assistant Coach Jenny O’Keeffe, Manager Jan Troy

 

In 2006 the Sydney Swifts made sporting history with a undefeated season of competition earning them a premiership, Australian Team of the Year award and coach Julie Fitzgerald picking up the NSW Sport Coach of the Year award and a nomination for the Australian Sport Coach of the Year. The Daily Telegraph reported that the Sydney Swifts are only the second team in Australian sporting history to achieve a season without a loss.

2006 Team: Liz Ellis (Captain), Erin Bell, Alison Broadbent, Catherine Cox, Mo’onia Gerrard, Selina Gilsenan, Kimberlee Green, Adelaide Johnson, Samantha May, Jackie Murphy, Chelsea Pitman, Susan Pratley, Leah Shoard, Joanne Sutton, Vanessa Ware

Coach Julie Fitzgerald, Assistant Coach Jenny O’Keeffe, Manager Jan Troy

 

After attempting back-to-back premierships in 2002 and 2005, the Sydney Swifts achieved their dream in 2007 with victory over Melbourne Phoenix 45-37 at ACER Arena. The finals series format changed in 2007 with a sudden-death Semi Final on Friday evening followed by the Grand Final on Sunday afternoon, all taking place at ACER Arena in Sydney. This successful season also marked the retirement of Australian netball icon Liz Ellis from the sport after the World Championships in November 2007.  

2007 Team: Liz Ellis (Captain), Catherine Cox, Megan Dehn, Mo’onia Gerrard, Selina Gilsenan, Kimberley Green, Adelaide Johnson, Jackie Murphy, Chelsea Pitman, Susan Pratley, Kimberley Purcell, Joanne Sutton, Vanessa Ware, Amy Wild, Julie Symons

Coach Julie Fitzgerald, Assistant Coach Jenny O’Keeffe, Manager Jan Troy



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