Dehaney becomes Australia's latest 'Vixen'

September 29, 2016
@Normal:Jamaica's goalkeeper Kadie-Ann Dehaney (left) defends against England goal shooter Amy Clinton during the second quarter of Game Two in their five-match series at the National Indoor Sports Centre in August. Jamaica Under-21s won 43-35.

The Mico University College's Kadie -Ann Dehaney is the latest Jamaican netballer to go the professional route as the former St Hugh's High standout has been offered a one-year contract to play for the Melbourne Vixens in the Australian National League.

Dehaney, 20, who will leave the island in a few weeks' time, joins Malysha Kelly and Romelda Aiken in the league.

Kelly will take up a one-year contract at the Adelaide Thunderbirds, and Aiken remains with Queensland Firebirds, where she has played since 2008.

Five other Jamaicans will also ply their trade in England soon.

Dehaney is excited about the opportunity but also has mixed feelings.

"I am nervous and puzzled because it will be a new culture for me, but at the same time, it will be a great experience. I always wanted to play at the highest level," she said.

Dehaney, who will be the youngest Jamaican to go on a professional netball contract is very concerned about her education.

"Academics are very important to me, and I want to know that when I go there I can still continue with my schooling, so it is something I will be making sure to continue with when I leave," she said.

Dehaney has played several international matches for Jamaica. She was part of the successful Jamaica Under-16 team that toured Birmingham, England, in a three-match series in 2012.

She was also a member of the Jamaica team that participated in the World Cup last year in Australia and a member of the Jamaica Under-21 team that played against England in a five-match series this past summer.

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