Vitality Netball Superleague: Leeds Rhinos Netball appoint Tracey Robinson as new head coach | Netball News

Former Malaysia national team manager and NSW Swifts assistant coach joins the franchise for their second season in the Vitality Netball Superleague; Leeds Rhinos Netball will kick off the 2022 season playing in the traditional ‘Season Opener’ weekend on February 5th and 6th, live on Sky Sports

Last updated: 01/01/22 16:11


Leeds Rhinos have a new head coach for their second season in Superleague (Image credit – Morgan Harlow)

Leeds Rhinos Netball have named Tracey Robinson as the new head coach of the Vitality Netball Superleague.

The Aussie comes to the franchise with extensive experience and a reputation for identifying and developing emerging talent.

Most recently, Robinson coached internationally with Malaysia, where he led the team to the first Asian netball championship in 32 years and the first Southeast Asian games championship.

On the national scene, Robinson was assistant manager with the NSW Swifts and helped them win the ANZ championship in 2008.

After moving to the Queensland Firebirds as assistant manager in 2010, the Firebirds won two of three Grand Finals and remained undefeated in 2011. In 2015 she became assistant manager at West Coast Fever and helped them reach the semi-finals for the first time. .

“I am so excited to join the club [Leeds Rhinos], the girls were so welcoming and the whole organization was great with me, ”said Robinson, who flies to England on New Year’s Day.

“I have watched every game the team has played in, so it was really good to see their growth from last year to pre-season this year. They are a very close group and I am looking forward to working with them.

If we needed confirmation that we had the right person, Tracey arrives with a brilliant reference from Australian netball legend Norma Plummer, with whom I have been personally in contact.

Dan Busfield – Leeds Rhinos Netball Franchise Director

“I had a meet with them a couple of weeks ago and had a FaceTime with Jade Clarke, so it was really nice to get in touch with them before I left.

“Most of the communication was done via email and they were very open, so it will be exciting. Taking them out on the pitch and actually working with them, understanding them and communicating with them is really important. I can’t wait to get started.”

Robinson’s outfit will kick off the 2022 season by playing in the traditional “Season Opener” weekend on February 5th and 6th.

At Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena, all 11 Superleague teams will take the field and the Rhinos will face defending champions Loughborough Lightning on 6 February.

Each match of the 10-match opening weekend will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and streamed on the Sky Sports YouTube channel.

Broadcast details for the remainder of the 2022 season, featuring traditional home and away games and the return of fans to the premises, will be announced closer to the start of the campaign.

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