As the 2021 Suncorp Super Netball comes to a close for Melbourne Vixens, the reigning champions will look back on the season and reflect on what could have been.
Even with a tough season on the court, there are some positives – one of those being defender Kadie-An Dehaney.
The Jamaican star was able to get on court more this season and prove she can hang with some of the best.
Setting herself small goals prior to every season, Dehaney has relished her opportunity to smash her goals in 2021.
“I’m a pretty chilled person. I just go with the flow, go wherever the breeze takes me,” she told The Netball Post.
“I would say I’m getting more court time this year than last year, I’ve just been enjoying the experience.
“I feel like I just take on board any opportunity that I get to get on court just to make a difference even if I’m starting, trying to be that presence in the circle, make the shooters think or even the feeders be afraid to put it in.
“I’m just loving it at the moment.”
Since making the move from Jamaica to play in Melbourne, Dehaney describes the difference between international netball and playing with the Vixens as ‘a different kettle of fish’.
“You definitely have to have that switch to switch on back and forth to know that the rules are this and the rules of that when you get back to international netball. It’s about being adaptable for both Jamaica and SSN,” she said.
“Knowing that international netball is way different from SSN. I think that you have to be adaptable to any situation that presents to you.’
With the Suncorp Super Netball increasingly getting better and better as the years have flown by, Dehaney believes international players should aspire to test themselves down under.
“It’s the number one competition in the world. It’s definitely a big deal for anyone playing in SSN. It’s a privilege to be playing SSN because you know that it’s just a few people getting the opportunity to play,” she said.
“It’s the best of the best in the world for everyone not only internationals. I’m sure locals take the privilege to be selected in any team that they represent in SSN, so definitely a big deal for me.”
Despite everything, Dehaney still wants to improve herself and her game – and inspire others.
“Don’t give up, even if you have an injury, it is just a minor setback,” she said.
“Everyone has setbacks.”
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