Australian Fast5 Flyers captain Erin Bell and Clare McMeniman will play in New Zealand this weekend.
Australian Fast5 Flyers captain Erin Bell and Clare McMeniman will play in New Zealand this weekend. Netball Australia

Clare McMeniman ready to lead the Fast5

CLARE McMeniman couldn't hide her excitement in the run-up to her first game as co-captain of the Australian Fast5 Flyers team for the World Series tournament in Auckland this weekend.

The former Warwick West State School student will share the captaincy with Erin Bell.

Fast5 Flyers netball is played without a wing attack or wing defence so is a quicker form of the game.

While the teams are not full-strength Test teams from each country, an indication of the standard of the competition is gauged by the decision of New Zealand legend Irene van Dyk to make herself available for the New Zealand side.

Unfortunately, the 42-year-old goal-shooter with 217 Tests was forced to withdraw yesterday with a back injury, robbing McMeniman of the chance to mark her.

McMeniman said there were a lot of up-and-coming players in the Australian team for the Fast5 series.

Last month, McMeniman debuted in open netball for the Diamonds and said the moment she took to the court was absolutely incredible.

She is not getting carried away with her hopes for world championship selection next year in Sydney.

"There is a lot of netball to be played, I need a good pre-season and good season with the Queensland Firebirds," McMeniman said.

While she plays predominately goal defence for the Firebirds, she said it was important for her championship chances to also spend some time playing in wing defence.

Australia is in a competition with New Zealand, England, Jamaica, Malawi and South Africa in the Fast5 World Series this weekend.

- Additional reporting

APN Sports Bureau



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