She's got the fever

Verity Simmons, formerly of Grafton, has won selection in the NSW under-21 side to play in the Australian championships in September.
Verity Simmons, formerly of Grafton, has won selection in the NSW under-21 side to play in the Australian championships in September.

FROM an early age, Verity Simmons has dreamt of playing netball on the big stage.

Well, the wait is finally over.

The former Grafton and under-21 Australian player has turned a pipe dream into reality.

Simmons, along with fellow mid-courter Ashleigh Brazill and defender Chanel Gomes, has signed with West Coast Fever under the guidance of former national coach and netball icon Norma Plummer.

All three players are products of the AIS netball program and. according to Plummer, the trio are all future Diamond contenders.

Simmons, who has been described by Plummer as a "pocket dynamo" with great speed and defensive skills, was over the moon after signing a two-year deal with the Perth franchise.

"I've secured a two-year ANZ contract with West Coast and I'm absolutely stoked," Simmons told the Examiner.

"I was lucky Norma asked me if I wanted to play for her. I told her I would move anywhere to play under her.

"Norma got the coaching job in Perth so I took up the invite and move over there in January… it's just unbelievable."

For the former Grafton High student, 2011 has been a year she'll never forget and having the chance to play in arguably the best netball competition on the planet is the icing on the cake.

"I played for the AIS side and toured around Australia which was a fantastic experience," she said. "The AIS side were also training partners for the Aussie Diamonds and the Singapore side."

Last week Simmons played a dominant role in the NSW Waratahs' maiden Australian Netball League (ANL) final, downing Victoria Fury 55-46.

For as long as she can remember, Simmons has been in awe of former Silver Ferns skipper Temepara George, who, after retiring from national duty, now plays with the Auckland-based Northern Mystics.

"Temepara plays the same position on the court as me and who knows, I just might get the chance to play against her," Simmons said.

"She has been my idol for a long time and I love the way she plays. It's been a long time goal of mine…maybe dreams do come true."

Topics:  grafton netball verity simmons

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