Name: Ingrid Colyer
Place of birth: Karridale, WA
Position: C, WA
Party trick: The Worm
Social media: Not Really!
Only taller in stature than one other player in Suncorp Super Netball, not on social media and growing up 250 kilometres away from Perth, it’s fair to say Ingrid Colyer’s on court work does the talking.
Hailing from Karridale in WA’s South West, sport and the country lifestyle is her identity.
Blessed with a knack for sport, starting with basketball and winning the Colyer Medal in primary school for the longest kick of a footy, yes, an award named after her father Ray, she admits it was netball that found her.
“I didn’t think I was crash hot at it, I filled in for my school team one day because they were missing numbers,” she said.
“Mum only told me a few years ago, the coach said you better learn to score because I think you’re going to be around this sport for a long time.”
The pocket rocket soon progressed through Netball WA’s pathway, representing South West’s B-Team before trying out for WA’s State Team.
Originally making it to the final 25 of WA’s 17U squad and of the view that was as good as it was going to get, a year later she made the team along with vice-captain duties.
“I’m so grateful for the opportunities that people from the South West gave me and then putting me in that representative team was the way that I got to where I am now.”
An injury to then Fever player Ash Brazill, fashioned a chance for Colyer to once again be called upon to help make up the numbers, catching the eye of Coach Norma Plummer.
“I had no fear, no expectations, I just went out there and played and I must have impressed Norma.”
“The following week Norma put me on court.”
Taking her chance, a permanent contract was not too far away.
“Once Stacey become Coach I got the call at work, I was working at the Eagles at the time and I was bawling my eyes out.”
One of the five WA born and bred contracted Fever players, Colyer said the opportunities for WA players was stronger than ever.
“There is a pathway in WA netball.”
“I think the way Netball WA has aligned with Fever is so exciting to see,”
“What’s happening in the underage competition is being fed into what Fever are doing.”
There’s still a long way to go for the kid of Karridale’s netball journey, but for now she said she’s isn’t the small towns biggest netball product.
“The only issue is Sally Ironmonger is from the same town, so what are the chances of that happening, so she holds the name for the best netballer coming out of Karridale.”
A majority of Fever’s squad are back in training mode, looking to go one step further from their 2018 Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final berth.
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