27 Aug Jets star flying at the highest level
Bridey Condren, Goal Keeper for the HART Sapphire Series’ Ipswich Jets, was awarded a debut for the West Coast Fever when they faced the GIANTS in Round 3 of the Suncorp Super Netball.
The young defender, who was raised in Mackay and currently studies at the University of Queensland, was first alerted of the opportunity when West Coast Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich attended a Jets training match on the Thursday evening prior to the game.
“Tracey (Jeanes-Fraser, the Jets coach) introduced her and I was like “oh, okay, this is fine,” explains Condren.
“She said she was looking for someone to step up into the Fever team. The game actually went pretty well, and Stacey approached me afterwards.”
Fever lost the match 75-68, but for Condren it was a chance to refine her skills and gain experience defending against established international shooters Caitlin Bassett and Jo Harten.
“It was an incredible experience that I didn’t exactly see coming,” Condren said.
“Getting to train with a calibre of team like the Fever was a good opportunity and I’m glad that I’ll still get to train with them for a little bit. They’re just incredible”.
The relocation of West Coast Fever and the other five interstate teams to Queensland for the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball season has placed Sapphire Series players like Condren in prime position to step onto the court at the national level in the event of injuries.
“I think we’re really lucky that we’re able to have sport here for the time being. I know it’s certainly been an opportunity for me, and I hope there will be a few opportunities for other girls as well,” she said.
While the Sapphire Series usually functions as a feeder league for the Queensland Firebirds, the changes to the Super Netball season have opened up broader opportunities.
“I’ve always wanted to play for the Firebirds since I watched those girls growing up, but getting the chance to play for the Fever just sort of taught me that I really love netball, really love playing at that high level and getting to develop my skills wherever I can.”
The Jets have made a strong start to the season with victories over the Bull Sharks and defending champions the Wildcats, and Condren is pleased with her team’s performances.
“I’m proud of what we’ve done so far. We were happy with our first game, but we had a few things to work on. I think we stepped out onto the court at the weekend (against the Wildcats) playing the game we do best, and I hope we’ll continue to do that for the rest of the season.”
“It is our goal to win and we’re working hard absolutely every training to make sure we all get there.”
The Ipswich Jets will look to move one step closer to that goal when they face the Carina Leagues Club Tigers at Ormiston College at 7:00pm this Saturday.
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