Australian eye-opener for Kelly

June 15, 2017
Jamaica's Malysha Kelly (left) looks to pass the ball as she is defended by New Zealand's Maria Tutaia during a World Fast5 Netball Series semi-final match in Auckland, New Zealand in 2012.

DESPITE getting limited playing time in this season's Suncorp Super Netball, Australia's top netball league, Sunshine Girls defender Malysha Kelly is happy with her progress and experience gained Down Under.

The 26-year-old, who had a stint in England's top netball league in 2016, represented the Adelaide Thunderbirds, who failed to make the play-offs this season.

Kelly told STAR Sports from her base in Australia that the competition was very challenging and it took her some time to adjust to the high-intensity training at the Thunderbirds.

"It has been a rough season because it is my first time playing at this level, week in, week out, in tough competition," said Kelly.


More intense


"I think I started out a little shaky, in terms of the preseason, but when I got to the competition it was good," she said.

"I didn't play a lot during this season. However, every time I played I made an impact," Kelly said. "It was not what I was expecting it to be, in terms of games, but whatever game time that I got, I played well."

Kelly added that the games in Australia is much more intense and competitive from what she is accustomed to in Jamaica and England, so adapting to the league was a big challenge for her.


Skill level


"Transitioning into this league was very difficult for me, but throughout the season I saw where progression was made because I got what I came here to achieve, in terms of improving skill level and fitness, which is good for me," Kelly said.

"The games are much faster, physical and so you always have to be on your toes on every possession," she said.

The lanky defender, whose one-year contract with the Thunderbirds is set to end next month, noted that she was satisfied with the compensation.

"It is one of the best leagues in the world, so I am comfortable with what I got but, more so, were the opportunities that I got out of it," she said.

Meanwhile, Kelly, who last represented the Sunshine Girls in September, a three-match tour of New Zealand, said she is available for selection to Jamaica's team to the Caribbean Netball Championships in August.

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