Southern Force announce leaders for 2018


The Southern Force has announced their leaders for the 2018 season, with Gia Abernethy named Captain, and Kelly Altmann, Vice-Captain.

Southern Force Coach Brian Lines said Gia and Kelly have different leadership styles and strengths, but this creates strong guidance for the team.

“Both players have high standards and expect a lot from their teammates; Gia’s on-court presence is one of her strengths, while Kelly connects on an emotional level with the playing group,” he said.

“Together this creates strong leadership for our team.”

Southern Force players nominated themselves for the leadership roles, then presented to the coaches and playing group, with interviews following and voting taking place.

This season will be the second straight that Gia has been named Southern Force Captain, however her regular elevation to play for the Adelaide Thunderbirds in 2017 meant Kelly captained the team for the majority of last season.

“With Gia playing for the Adelaide Thunderbirds last year, Kelly was the on-court leader for most of the season. Gia has also been training with the T-Birds this pre-season, so again Kelly has taken on more leadership than is normally expected of a vice-captain,” Brian said.

“We’re so lucky to have two such experienced leaders looking after the group.”

Gia said she feels very privileged to be selected as Captain.

“Having not trained full-time with the Southern Force girls due to involvement with the T-Birds, it fills me with confidence that they trust my leadership and believe in my ability,” she said.

“I like to lead with passion and accountability. If I think players can give more I’ll demand it, but I’m also very open to copping feedback too.”

Both Kelly and Gia, believe this year’s Southern Force team has what it takes to make an impact on the competition and push for the trophy.

“I’m so proud to lead this great group of players and to see what we can achieve,” Kelly said.

“We’re now less than three weeks out from the start of the season, and it’s really exciting. There’s a great feeling around the team.

“Each time we get out on court we’re going from strength to strength, and everyone is trying their hardest. I think we will be a real threat.”

The Southern Force’s 2018 Deakin University Australian National League season begins against the Canberra GIANTS at Priceline Stadium on May 5 at 5pm.