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Bianca Lee Chatfield (born 2 April 1982) is an Australian retired netball player. She played in the positions of GK, GD and WD. In 2001, she was selected for the Australian team as an 18-year-old, one of the youngest ever netballers to play for her country. She is a Commonwealth Games Gold and Silver Medalist, World Champion and played over 240 games for the Melbourne Phoenix and Melbourne Vixens, captaining the latter for several years and winning six premierships - four with the Phoenix and two with the Vixens.[1]

Bianca Chatfield
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Bianca Chatfield
Personal information
Full name Bianca Lee Chatfield
Born (1982-04-02) 2 April 1982 (age 37)
Somerville, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Height 189cm
School Flinders Christian Community College
University Deakin University
Netball career
Playing position(s): GK, GD, WD
Years Club team(s) Apps
2008–2015 Melbourne Vixens 113
1998-2007 Melbourne Phoenix 133
Years National team(s) Caps
2002 U21 Australian Netball Team
2001–2009 Australia 42
Last updated: 2016-06-23

In 2018, she became a contestant on an Australian home renovation television show, The Block, along with fellow netballer, Carla Dziwoki.[2]

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CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Bianca Chatfield started playing netball on the Mornington Peninsula as an 11-year-old, and became one of the best netballers and leaders to represent her state and country.

Her first international duties were for the Australian U21 team against Jamaica in the Caribbean. She made her Australian Diamonds debut as an 18-year-old in 2001, one of the youngest ever players to represent her country.

However, she and the other young girls that made the team thought that their expectations since joining the team were not met, as the older girls saw them as a ‘threat’.

Professional careerEdit

Her elite career became evident when she was part of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy premiership-winning team, the Melbourne Phoenix in 2000 at the age of 16.[3] She won premierships with the Phoenix in 2002, 2003 and 2005. In May 2011, Chatfield was presented with the Vixens' Most Valuable Player award after captaining the team alone following the Achilles injury sustained by fellow co-captain Sharelle McMahon.[4]

In 2008, Bianca was appointed vice-captain of the Melbourne Vixens and was made co-captain the following year, with the Melbourne Vixens winning the 2009 ANZ Championship title. She was a member of the silver medal-winning team at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. She is also a world champion, representing Australia at the 2007 Netball World Championships in New Zealand.[5] She also competed in the 2009 World Netball Series in Manchester, with Australia receiving the bronze medal.

In 2010 she was dropped from the Diamonds and missed the 2010 Commonwealth Games. However, in October 2011 she and Susan Pratley were selected by new Australian head coach Lisa Alexander as co-captains of the Australian FastNet Diamonds for the 2011 World Netball Series tournament in Liverpool, with Australia receiving the bronze medal.[6] This was the start of her comeback with the Australian Diamonds where she fought her way back into the team and became an integral part of the starting lineup over several years.

Later careerEdit

In 2014 Chatfield captained the Melbourne Vixens to claim their second ANZ Title with a victory over the Queensland Firebirds.[7] Later that year she was named vice-captain of the Australian Team to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games who went on to win gold in the final against New Zealand. After the Australian Netball Diamonds won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games Chatfield announced that she was officially retiring from international netball but would stay on to play in the ANZ Championship.[8]

Chatfield ended her playing career the following year, after the conclusion of the 2015 ANZ Championship season.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Bianca Chatfield holds a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in sports science.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Melbourne Vixens official player profile Archived 10 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 28 November 2011.
  2. ^ Day, Mikaela (6 July 2018). "The Block 2018: Meet the new 'Blockheads', including former professional netballers Bianca Chatfield, Carla Dziwoki". Herald Sun. Retrieved 20 January 2019 – via news.com.au.
  3. ^ "Netball: A final word on Melbourne Vixens captain Bianca Chatfield". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  4. ^ Windley, Matt (24 May 2011). "Valuable Vixen Bianca Chatfield has higher ambitions". Herald Sun. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Diamonds' Bianca Chatfield retires from international netball". The Guardian/AAP. Guardian Media Group. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  6. ^ Bianca Chatfield player profile, Netball England website Archived 9 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  7. ^ Ward, Roy (22 June 2014). "Melbourne Vixens beat Queensland Firebirds in netball final". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Bianca Chatfield retires from netball after Australia Diamonds' Commonwealth Games gold medal win". ABC news. ABC. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Netball: Comm Games gold medallist Bianca Chatfield to retire". The Guardian/AAP. Guardian Media Group. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  10. ^ Sewell, Eliza (11 January 2013). "Elite athletes Daniel Jackson and Bianca Chatfield explain why summer to them only means pain". Herald Sun/The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 January 2019.