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Haythornthwaite re-signs with Swifts

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Nat Haythornthwaite has re-signed with Swifts for 2020

The duo debuted for the club in 2018 and have gone to become instrumental members of the team which currently leads the 2019 Super Netball ladder.

Garbin, who represented Australia at the Fast5 World Series in Melbourne last year, put in an-MVP performance in Round 9 against the Adelaide Thunderbirds and has recently stepped up in place of the injured Helen Housby.

Haythornthwaite, a Commonwealth Gold medal winner, has just returned to action after missing the opening half of the season with a hamstring injury which she suffered in a pre-season game. However, a standout performance in last weekend’s win over the Melbourne Vixens showed the England international is back to her best.

NSW Swifts General Manager Nikki Horton said the club was delighted to secure the services of both players, especially with the 2019 Finals Series looming.

“Sophie and Natalie are very popular players in our squad and really buy into the culture that our coaches have built,” she said.

“Natalie was really unlucky to get injured in the pre-season, and anyone who saw her in action around then knew she was looking world-class. But she has worked really hard and managed to get back on court for the World Cup and I think she demonstrated against the Vixens that she’s nearing the top of her game again.

“With the Finals Series only a few weeks away it is fantastic to have Sophie and Nat locked in and the majority of our roster set in stone for 2020.”

The NSW Swifts currently lead the Super Netball standings with two rounds of regular season action to go. Next up for the team is Round 13 clash with the Collingwood Magpies in Launceston on Saturday afternoon.

The team will again be without Housby, who has been given an extra week’s rest but is likely to play the final regular round game of the year against the Queensland Firebirds in Sydney next week.