Echuca's Caitlyn Strachan will join the Queensland Firebirds for the 2015 ANZ Championship.LUKE MCMANUS July 25, 2014 3:04am
Echuca netballer Caitlyn Strachan has joined the Queensland Firebirds for the 2015 ANZ Championship season.
Strachan, 27, was starved of court time during her first full season with the Melbourne Vixens, prompting a move north to develop at the Firebirds under premiership coach Roselee Jencke.
‘‘I am very grateful for the time I have spent at the Melbourne Vixens,’’ Strachan told the Vixens’ website.
‘‘Whilst it was an extremely difficult decision to make, I am looking forward to the chance to further my development as a player.’’
Strachan, vice-captain of the Victorian Fury in the Australian Netball League, managed four games for the Vixens in 2014, overlooked in the starting seven for fellow debutante Liz Watson.
Two offers were presented, with the Firebirds inquiring about Strachan’s services while another contract was offered at the Vixens.
Strachan’s decision should see the versatile midcourter receive more opportunities, with family and the Queensland weather providing other incentives.
‘‘My brother lives in Brisbane
‘‘My fiancé Sam will move up with me at the end of the year. We get married in November so it is has been a bit hectic but I am just delighted to be playing with the Firebirds next season.’’
Strachan will play out the rest of the ANL season with the Fury before making the move to the Firebirds, with the Fury looking the goods ahead of another premiership tilt.
Strachan will be Queensland-bound in December, with a wedding and honeymoon to plan in the meantime and a proud but heavy-hearted family to console.
‘‘The family will miss her heaps, but we are always prepared to support our kids as they chase their dreams,’’ Lyn Strachan, Caitlyn’s mother, said.
‘‘It’s an exciting opportunity for her and we’ll always be there to support her.’’
The family attended all of the Vixens’ home games last season, on top of trips around Australia and New Zealand.
With Strachan to be based in Brisbane, the travelling ‘‘logistics’’ will need to be fine-tuned.
‘‘It’s going to cost us a bit in airfares and we might need to use some long service leave,’’ Lyn said.
‘‘We’ll need to definitely keep our Foxtel subscription going.’’
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