AN EVERGREEN Camperdown export feared her professional career was over before launching at last-minute opportunity with one Super Netball’s newest teams.
Sarah Wall inked a temporary replacement player contract after Giants Netball skipper Kim Green ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament in March.
Wall filled the void left by Green – her close friend – and is forming as a crucial cog in the Giants machine.
“It’s a hard one to explain, but I’ve always been one to take up an opportunity,” she told The Standard.
“Honestly, I thought I was finished playing elite netball. But I was watching every game of Super Netball and keeping as fit as I could.
“I tell the kids I work with through NetFit, my business, that it’s about being the best version of yourself that you can be. That was my attitude (prior to signing).”
The 32-year-old remained on court throughout the Giants’ triumph over Melbourne Vixens on Sunday, a feat which propelled the club to the top of the Super Netball ladder.
Wall chimed in with nine assists to help her side to a four-goal victory.
She described the Giants’ versatility as its greatest strength and said it would be vital if the team was to cause headaches for rivals in the finals.
“We have an amazing squad in that any player could come onto the court at any time,” Wall said.
“I don’t believe one set model will win this championship. We’re trying new things and I’ll play whatever role (coach Julie Fitzgerald) wants me to play.”
Wall said the guidance and advice from Green – who has continued as captain despite her injury – had made the transition into the team seamless.
“Kim is one of my best friends and she eased me into it. She was in my ear every training session and every game,” she said.
“I had a lot of respect for the girls, coming into that environment and moving in, I tried to get a feel for what it was like.
“I’m just grateful to be there in whatever capacity it may be and I’m buying in to what we’re trying to achieve.”
Wall’s Giants face off against Queensland Firebirds on Friday night.