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Housby : 3 More Years

Helen has been writing for the Australian Players Voice

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The best netballers in the world play in Australia. It’s the place to be. The league here is outstanding and head and shoulders above the rest of the world, proven even more so after these first two seasons of Suncorp Super Netball.

This made the decision to sign with the Swifts for another three years an easy one.

The temptation to move clubs never even crossed my mind. Sydney isn’t just where I play my netball now, it’s my Australian home. Looking at the two years I’ve had and how it’s progressed my game, it was probably the best decision I’ve ever made – not just coming to Australia, but to this club. It was a daunting move as a 21-year-old but one I’m so glad I did.

As a younger girl I witnessed a lot of the English girls – like Geva Mentor, Jo Harten and others – come out to the Aussie and Kiwi leagues and return as completely different players.

They came back as world-beaters; with such confidence and knowledge of their abilities and of the game.

That was my dream, as well.

Here at the Swifts a lot of the girls are similar in age, which can make a big difference when it comes to life outside of netball. The majority are from out of state and a few, including me, from a different country.

We’ve become each other’s family, support network and genuine friends – it makes the whole experience infinitely better. We spend a lot of time together outside of netball because we want to, rather than it being a forced thing.

We’re also at similar stages in our careers; we’re all learning how to play our best netball consistently and wanting to take the next steps on the international stage. It’s a brilliant place to be to grow as a professional athlete.

My game has improved considerably since my move out here, yet I still have a lot of changes to make and much more to give. For me, I think it’s about finding consistency; I’m at my best when playing with freedom, passion and at high intensity. Bringing that consistently game after game is the key.

I love the pressure of being a shooter. All the hard work the whole team does means nothing if we don’t put the ball in the net. It can be a scary thought being only 1 of 2 players who can do that job, but we practise for that pressure in training.

There’s nothing like delivering for your team in an actual game, especially if it’s a big one. Everyone has their own role to play in netball and when it all comes together, it’s a very powerful feeling.

Read more at https://www.playersvoice.com.au/helen-housby-three-more-years-hard-yakka/#Z4dj2UZTvXAMuIWU.99

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