T&T's Samantha Wallace re-signs with NSW Swifts in Suncorp Super Netball league

By October 21, 2020

Trinidad and Tobago international Sam Wallace has re-signed with the New South Wales Swifts club for the 2021 season of the Suncorp Super Netball League.

Wallace, a two-time club MVP and 2019 Grand Final best-on-court recipient, joined the Swifts in 2017 and won the Suncorp Super Netball League in 2019.

Head Coach Briony Akle said having the key partnership of Wallace and Helen Housby in for next season was vital for the club’s continued success.

“Since both players joined the Swifts in 2017 they have formed a formidable partnership in the attack end,” she said.

“Sam has been a rock for us in attack and she really showed what she can do in all areas of the attack circle with her long-range shooting this year.

“Her partnership with Helen is one of the best to watch in the game. While we didn’t get the finish to 2020 we were looking for, the connections we’ve formed over the past three seasons will only continue to strengthen.”

Wallace, 26, enjoyed another outstanding season during the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball League. She was the third-best shooter scoring 522 goals from 591 attempts and scored 46 Super Shots from 85 attempts, which ranked her fifth in both categories. She also ended up fifth in the rankings for offensive rebounds with 31 for the season.

 

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