After 14 rounds and five months, another thrilling GIANTS season has come to an end. Whilst the season didn’t end our way, it will be a driving force behind a bigger and better 2020.
Season 2019 was unique for many reasons.
The competition began in late April with the GIANTS taking on cross-town rivals the Swifts in the opening round. Despite not taking the win, the GIANTS saw Australian Diamonds Goal Shooter Caitlin Bassett in orange for the first time and got a glimpse of what was to come from the recently elevated Amy Parmenter.
It took the GIANTS a few rounds to find their best form, recording their first win of the season three rounds in against the Collingwood Magpies.
At the conclusion of Round 9, the competition had a five-week break for the Netball World Cup which featured three of the GIANTS players - Caitlin Bassett, Jamie-Lee Price and Jo Harten - each representing their home nations.
The break seemed to work wonders for the GIANTS with the side winning four of their last five games.
However, the slow start to the season caught up with the GIANTS with the club missing out on finals for the first time with percentage the determining factor at the conclusion of the regular season.
The GIANTS celebrated many milestones and achievements in season 2019 including Kim Green celebrating a whopping 200 elite games, Kristiana Manu’a began her chase notching up 50 games and five players debuted in orange for the first time.
The moment all GIANTS fans had been dreading became a reality in the lead up to Round 14 when Captain Kim Green announced her retirement from elite netball. Recognising not only an amazing career but an amazing person, Green was given the send-off she deserved in front of over 10,000 people at what turned out to be the GIANTS final match of the season.
2019 GIANTS Netball Playing Roster
Kim Green (Captain), Jo Harten (Vice-Captain), Kiera Austin, Caitlin Bassett, Kristiana Manu'a, Matilda McDonell, Teigan O'Shannassy, Amy Parmenter, Jamie-Lee Price
Training Partners: Toni Anderson, Maddie Hay, Georgia Marshall, Latika Tombs
Head Coach: Julie Fitzgerald
Assistant Coach: Jenny O'Keeffe
Team Manager: Denny Peacock
Physiotherapist: Gemma Vale
Strength & Conditioning: Simone Freeman
Performance Analysis: Zoe Vicic
Dietician: Jessica Spendlove
Team Doctor: Sophie Armstrong
2019 Awards Winners
HCF Most Valuable Player: Jo Harten
Players’ Player of the Year: Sam Poolman
Members’ Player of the Year: Amy Parmenter
Club Person of the Year: Denny Peacock
|Round 1||Sunday 28 April||GIANTS (56) v Swifts (63)||0-1-0|
|Round 2||Sunday 5 May||Vixens (61) v GIANTS (45)||0-2-0|
|Round 3||Sunday 12 May||GIANTS (58) v Magpies (50)||1-2-0|
|Round 4||Sunday 19 May||Firebirds (61) v GIANTS (69)||2-2-0|
|Round 5||Saturday 25 May||Lightning (72) v GIANTS (61)||2-3-0|
|Round 6||Sunday 2 June||GIANTS (65) v Thunderbirds (54)||3-3-0|
|Round 7||Saturday 8 June||Fever (62) v GIANTS (62)||3-3-1|
|Round 8||Sunday 16 June||Swifts (59) v GIANTS (55)||3-4-1|
|Round 9||Saturday 22 June||GIANTS (57) v Vixens (66)||3-5-1|
|Round 10||Sunday 28 July||Magpies (56) v GIANTS (63)||4-5-1|
|Round 11||Sunday 4 August||GIANTS (63) v Firebirds (57)||5-5-1|
|Round 12||Saturday 10 August||GIANTS (56) v Lightning (60)||5-6-1|
|Round 13||Sunday 18 August||Thunderbirds (40) v GIANTS (54)||6-6-1|
|Round 14||Saturday 24 August||GIANTS (70) v Fever (60)||7-6-1|
2019 Suncorp Super Netball Placings
|1||Sunshine Coast Lightning||14||12||0||2||855||759||1112.65||48||33||81|
|6||West Coast Fever||14||14||2||3||821||904||90.82||14||18||32|