Suncorp Super Netball

‘Games became a source of joy and a much relied-upon distraction’

By Swifts ‘walking billboard’ Lisa Anderson

The NSW Swifts in the SSN Grand Final- we love to see it!

Especially in the club’s 25th anniversary year.

To describe their 2021 season as a ‘rollercoaster’ would be an understatement- the girls relocated to different hubs around Australia almost as many times as Maddy Proud hit the deck.

Us Swifts fans got 4 home games in at Ken Rosewall Arena before that pesky virus reared its head again and threw everyone’s plans out the window. *Insert inspirational ‘don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened’ quote here*.

For those of us under stay-at-home restrictions, watching the SSN games on weekends became a source of joy and a much relied-upon distraction, and for this we are very grateful.

We recognise the toll taken and sacrifices made by the entire organisation in order to keep this season going. And now I’m wondering what I’m going to do after this weekend.

In return, I found myself heavily leaning in to my team, the NSW Swifts, in a sort of symbiotic relationship.

I bought just about every piece of Swifts merch I could, essentially becoming a walking billboard for the club.

Thanks to social media I could pump up the players by celebrating their birthdays, graduations, game milestones and amazing hair braiding skills (credit to Nat Haythornthwaite).

In a team sparkling with Aussie Diamonds and international talent, it’s been the little moments that too have brought us Swifts fans joy.

Watching Tayla Fraser absolutely flourish out on court this season has been one of my personal highlights. And who could forget Maddy Turner’s mad dash back into the goal third after forgetting she wasn’t playing her usual GD position- iconic.

To see the Swifts claim their 7th premiership on Saturday would be glorious- and I will cry happy tears if it happens- but we are incredibly proud of our girls no matter what happens.

Always a Swift!

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