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Rookie of the year - Dehaney pleased with 'humbling' Suncorp season but aims to improve

Published:Tuesday | September 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Jamaica goalkeeper Kadie-Ann Dehaney (right) competes for the ball with Chelido David of Botswana during their Netball Youth World Cup match at the University of Botswana on July 11, 2017.

National senior netball player Kadie-Ann Dehaney said she was shocked after being named Rookie of the Year for the Melbourne Vixens in the Australian Suncorp Super Netball competition.

Dehaney, who turns 22-year-old today, said that winning the award is a major boost for her career.

"I was surprised that I got the Rookie of the Year award, but I am very humbled by it," she said.

"For a rookie, I did my best, so I would give my performance an eight because there is definitely room for improvement," she said. "The plan is to be much stronger and much fitter for the competition and just continue to improve my game so that I can become of the best defender in the league."

 

TOUGH COMPETITION

 

The lanky player, who spent first half of the season on the bench, was thrown into the starting line-up after one of her fellow defenders picked up a season-ending injury.

She that the league was very competitive, but stuck to her game plan and she was successful at the end.

"The competition was very tough because I came off the bench and I had to mark the best shooters in the league, but it was good for me," she said. "I only got to start the games when the starting goalkeeper got injured, so I had to step in for six games, and I stepped up my game and I am very happy about that."

Dehaney was the captain of Jamaica Under-21 team which, fifth at last year's World Youth Championships in Botswana.

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