Whirlwind week for Superleague winner Natalie

Barrowford's Natalie Haythornthwaite
Barrowford's Natalie Haythornthwaite
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Days after winning a second-successive Superleague Grand Final with Wasps, England Roses wing attack Natalie Haythornthwaite was hot-footing it to Australia to further her experience.

Last Thursday, after a whirlwind week, it was announced that the Barrowford ace had joined Suncorp Super Netball side NSW Swifts for the rest of the 2018 season.

Haythornthwaite, who won gold with England at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast earlier this year, beating Australia in their own back yard, replaced the injured Claire O’Brien in the squad.

And she has linked up with a familiar face in England teammate Helen Housby in Sydney.

She said: “It is very exciting for me to get this opportunity at such a famous club.

“I have had the privilege of playing for England in Australia on a number of occasions, and I can’t wait to get a taste of the club scene there.”

Haythornthwaite made her debut in a 74-68 defeat against West Coast Fever on Saturday, as they made the leaders sweat for another win.

Swifts are sixth in the league, with four games of the regular season to play.

She told the Sydney Morning Herald: “I just have to take every opportunity I get. I’m absolutely thrilled I am here, I want to test myself against the best, I want to show what I can do and if it means having that chance to try and get myself a contract for next year, I’d love to do that.

“Our league is going from strength to strength so I’m really excited to see how it’s going to be going from English Superleague to this one.”