Round 6 Preview: Aiken to play 150th game in purple

Romelda Aiken will play her 150th game for the Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds this Sunday against the Collingwood Magpies at the Silverdome in Launceston, Tasmania.

The achievement comes in Aiken’s 11th season for the Firebirds, after debuting in 2008, and only missing one game for the club in that time.

GOA celebrated the milestone with a special run of billboards across Brisbane in the lead up to the big match.

Speaking to the media on Thursday Aiken praised the support she has received over the last decade.

‘I’m grateful for the opportunity that Netball Queensland and the Firebirds have offered me. I wouldn’t say it felt like home the first time I came here. I was very terrified. We’ve created such a strong family community. All the girls back then rallied around to ensure that they gave me everything for my comfort’.

Now the most capped Firebirds player in history, Aiken’s journey has come full circle.

‘What I learnt back then I’m trying to apply it more now to the younger girls coming in, to feel secure and safe in our environment,’ she said.

Ahead of the game this weekend, Aiken still sees room for improvement despite the Firebirds 10-point win over ladders leaders West Coast Fever in round 5.

‘We’re still working on the fundamentals. In the Fever game we showed in bits and pieces where we can be so deadly. We are on the right track’

Aiken said she was playing this match in the honour of her late granddad who passed away on Monday.

On what he would say about the 150-game milestone – ‘That’s a great achievement, now back to business and do what you’re supposed to do.’

 

MATCH DETAILS

Queensland Firebirds v Collingwood Magpies

Sunday 3 June

Launceston Silverdome

Live coverage on Telstra TV 3pm

 

LAST TIME THEY MET

Round 10, 30 April 2017

Launceston Silverdome

Collingwood Magpies 61 def Queensland Firebirds 59

Head to Head since 2017 Queensland Firebirds Collingwood Magpies
Games Played 2 2
Win / Loss / Draw 0/2/0 2/0/0
Highest Score 59 61
Lowest Score 50 54

 

 

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