Canberra Darters look for first win at home

Georgia Clayden is primed to help Canberra win its first game of the season.
Georgia Clayden is primed to help Canberra win its first game of the season. Photo: Ben Southall Photography (

The Canberra Darters are looking to register their first win of the Australian Netball League season in a triple-header at home this weekend.

The Darters have lost their first four matches, but after two weekends of byes the team is fit and ready to take on the two Victorian teams and the Territory Storm in front of the home crowd at the AIS Arena.

''It's been a tough start to the season,'' centre Georgia Clayden said. ''We've started off with losses, but now back with our home crowd we're really looking to turn that around and turn the season around.''

Clayden, in her second season with the Darters, is a young star to watch, having played in the Australian under-19 team against England in a practice match in Perth this year.

''That was just so tough,'' she said of the international. ''But it was so good to get that exposure and get that opportunity.''

The 19-year-old has been drawing inspiration from watching the Commonwealth Games and the England players she lined up against play at the top level she aspires to.


''I'd absolutely love to be [at the next Commonwealth Games] but I think it's just a matter of seeing where it takes me at this point in time, really training hard and putting it all in.''

The team has been working on fitness, a requirement for the season schedule of back-to-back games each weekend, which will have them play games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

Friday will see Canberra go up against the Victoria Flames, which have a 3-3 win-loss record, before a very winnable match against the winless Storm from the Northern Territory on Saturday night.

Sunday will pose the biggest test for the Darters when they play the undefeated Victorian Fury

''The Fury are a very tough side,'' Clayden said. ''I think that'll be very challenging, but a very good opportunity for us, and Flames – they train alongside the Fury, I believe – so another challenging game, but NT, I think, will be very close.''

Fellow centre-court player Peta Rogers said the key to the season was matching the opposition in physicality.

''It's really physical out there and we've just got to learn to hold our own out there, and really value possession and value that ball,'' she said.

''Canberra has the best ANL crowds in the whole league, so we're really excited to get out there and play in front of our home crowd.''


6.30pm Canberra Darters v VIC Flames


3pm VIC Fury v Tassie Spirit

5pm QLD Fusion v NNSW Blues

7.30pm Canberra Darters v Territory Storm


10am Tassie Spirit v QLD Fusion

12pm NSW Blues v Territory Storm

2pm Canberra Darters v VIC Fury