Kristy's Swift ascension

KRISTY DURHEIM has finally cracked it.

The 21-year-old has been registered full-time with the NSW Swifts in netballs’ ANZ Championship.

And what timing.

The Lismore junior joins the club as it enjoys one of the golden runs in Australian sport.

The Swifts on Monday became the first women’s netball team to go through the season undefeated with a record of 13-0.

Now for the finals.

Swifts’ coach Julie Fitzgerald has seen plenty of Durheim over the years – and it just keeps getting better.

“We brought Kristy in for practice matches and to play State league and she continues to improve considerably,” Fitzgerald said. “She is a player of great promise.”

As is the nature of the sport, Fitzgerald is unsure if, how and when Durheim will be used in the finals, but she will be quick to identify a situation where the rookie can help turn a game, just as she did on debut where her injection turned a tied game into a blowout win.

“Kristy finds space really well – finds it and works the ball into it,” Fitzgerald said.

“She is spot-on with feeding the ball into the circle and she is quite quick which makes her even better defensively.”

While Durheim can only sit on the bench and bide her time as she waits for the call to court, she is only beginning her journey on Australian netball’s biggest stage.

Fitzgerald knows that with a full off-season under her belt Durheim will be a force in the league.

“Kristy will have a season in the Australian Netball League at the close of the ANZ Championship,” she said.

“It will be interesting to see how much she can improve ahead of 2011.”

The Swifts’ finals campaign gets underway on Sunday when they host Adelaide Thunderbirds at ACER Arena, Sydney.



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