Tight-knit Giants having fun on and off the court in inaugural season

Most sporting franchises take several seasons to get going but Giants Netball have burst out of the blocks in their inaugural season to sit top of the Super Netball ladder.
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The Giants are the only unbeaten side and will look to extended their winning streak to five games when they face the Adelaide Thunderdbirds in Canberra on Sunday.

Giants’ captain Kim Green said the silky smooth connections on the court are simply a reflection of the camaraderie off it.

“You can’t fake the off court stuff and in previous teams sometimes you have to say ‘our culture is great’ but here don’t have to because it speaks for itself,” Green said.

“I know this is home game but realistically it’s an away game because we’re still staying at hotel and we really enjoy being on the road together, we have lot of fun.

“We have some unique characters who keep things interesting. Serena [Guthrie] is so funny and she’s a DJ so she mixes our music for the games, last week was childhood memories which was really cool with all the different ages.”

Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald insisted on an early start to the preseason the side wanted to be competitive and in 10 games before round one the table-toppers formed some deadly combinations.

“Being a new team Julie said it was important we started building earlier and lucky we did because a lot of those early preseason games were quite bad,” Green said.

“We’ve been able to come through games well because we’re quite a mature group with good connections and have the ability to change things up if they’re not working.

“We’re absolutely cruising at the moment but we need to be super cautious not to get complacent. We’re still a very new combination and things are going quite nicely but this week is definitely a danger game with Renae Ingles back in their squad.”

Diamonds legend Catherine Cox will call the game and believes the Giants immediate success comes back to Fitzgerald.

“NSW netball has been super smart appointing Julie Fitzgerald as head coach because so many great players have flooded to the Giants to follow her,” Cox said.

“She is such a great coach and she just gets it. She understands that players have lives outside of netball and what happens outside affects what happens on the court.”

Former n captain Green said mentoring the Giants has been the easiest leadership role of her 12-year career.

“We’ve got strength in leadership all over the court but some of our strongest leaders are on the bench which is really fantastic to have,” Green said.

“Having 10 in a team is hard because it’s really tough to sit on the bench and watch but they’re so supportive and they come on and do a great job for us.”

Green spent a year in Canberra at the AIS in 2005 and said she’s looking forward to returning to the capital and meeting the Giants fans.

“I hope everyone is there wearing orange because we can’t wait to get amongst the Canberra crowd,” Green said.

“We appreciate the support and know they are a part of us and there is so much talent coming through. Canberrans love their netball so I can’t wait to meet our members down there.”