Sharni Layton (born 6 January 1988) is a former Australian netball player, who last played Super Netball for the Collingwood Magpies in 2018. She is a decorated former player in the Australia national netball team, having won two Gold medals at the Netball World Cup and one gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Sharni Layton
Sharni Layton 09.02.19.jpg
Layton with Collingwood in February 2019
Personal information
Born (1988-01-06) 6 January 1988 (age 32)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia[1]
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Spouse Luke Norder (fiance)[3]
Netball career
Playing position(s): GK, GD, WD
Years Club team(s) Apps
2004–2006 Melbourne Kestrels
2007 AIS Canberra Darters
2008–2009 Melbourne Vixens
2010–2013 Adelaide Thunderbirds
2014–2016 New South Wales Swifts
2017–2018 Collingwood Magpies

In September 2018, after retiring from netball, Layton switched to Australian rules football and was signed by Collingwood’s AFL Women’s team.

She is engaged to Luke Norder.[3]

Netball careerEdit


Born in Mordialloc, Victoria, Layton began her career in 2004 for the Melbourne Kestrels. She then received a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport in 2007, and was awarded captaincy in 2009.[citation needed] In 2008, Layton was signed to play for the Melbourne Vixens in the ANZ Championship. She was not signed the following year, but in 2010 Layton transferred to the Adelaide Thunderbirds.[4] In 2010 she was the winner of the ANZ Championship's young player of the year award.[5] She was part of the Thunderbirds winning premiership team that year.[5] The following year she was elevated to the position of vice-captain of the Thunderbirds under Captain Natalie von Bertouch, before becoming co-captain alongside von Bertouch in 2012.[6] Her Thunderbirds career culminated with a stellar defensive performance in the 2013 ANZ Championship Grand Final, which Adelaide won 50-48 over the Queensland Firebirds.[7]

On 29 July 2013, Layton signed with the New South Wales Swifts, where she grew in popularity over the next three seasons and was elevated in the team's leadership group.[8][9]

In 2017, Layton was one of several high-profile signings for the Collingwood Magpies in the new Suncorp Super Netball league.[10] After the conclusion of the 2017 season, which saw the Magpies fall short in a cliffhanger elimination final against the Giants, Layton revealed she would take an indefinite break from the sport due to severe exhaustion.[11] Layton returned to the Magpies in time for the 2018 season.[12]

On 18 July 2018, Layton announced she would retire from all levels of netball at the end of the season.[13] She finished her career having played in more than 140 domestic matches, winning two premierships with the Adelaide Thunderbirds and claiming a player of the year award in 2016.[13]

However, after playing for Collingwood's AFLW and VFLW sides in 2019, in December Layton registered to play netball with the Peninsula Waves in 2020 in the Victorian Netball League.[14]


Layton was a member of the Australian U21 team from 2006–09 winning gold at the 2009 World Youth Netball Championships in the Cook Islands where she was vice captain of the side.[15] Later that year, Layton was selected to debut for the Australian Netball Diamonds[2] at the World Netball Championships in Singapore, where the team won a gold medal and the Holden Netball Test Series, regaining the No. 1 rank in the world. Following Layton's Grand Final performance she was named in the Australian Netball Diamonds squad to attend a selection camp at the AIS. Following the camp, Layton was named in the team to compete against New Zealand in the Constellation cup and Malawi later in 2013. In 2014 Layton was named in the Australian National Netball Team to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games who went on to defeat the New Zealand National Netball Team in the gold medal match. This ended Australia's 12 year Commonwealth Games gold medal drought. Layton did not feature in the 2018 Quad Series or Commonwealth Games teams.[12]

Layton ended her career having earnt 46 national team caps.[13] She is a two-time International Player of the Year winner and she captained the Diamonds in 2017.[13]

National career factsEdit

National representation recordEdit


  • 2010-2011, 2013-2014 Australian Diamonds
  • 2009 Australian 21/U World Youth Netball Championships gold medal
  • 2006-2009 Australian Under 21 Team



  • 2017 Aussie diamonds captain
  • 2016 Australian ANZ Championship Player of the Year
  • 2015 Netball World Cup Winner
  • 2015 ANZ Championship Runner Up
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal
  • 2014 NSW Swifts Leadership Group
  • 2012 Adelaide Thunderbirds Co-Captain
  • 2011 World Champion with Australian Diamonds
  • Winning the 2011 Holden Test Series to regain World No. 1 ranking with the Australian Diamonds
  • 2011 Adelaide Thunderbirds Vice Captain
  • 2010, 2013 ANZ Championship Premierships (Adelaide Thunderbirds)
  • 2009 World Youth Netball Champion with Australian 21/U Team



  • 2016 Australian ANZ Championship Player of the Year (NSW swifts)
  • 2014 NSW Swifts Players' Player Award
  • 2014 NSW Swifts Best Moment Award
  • 2010 MARS ANZ Championship Best Young Player Award

Australian rules football careerEdit

Shortly after retiring from netball, Layton was signed as a player with the Collingwood Football Club.[16] Layton was part of Collingwood's VFL Women's premiership team in 2019.[17]


Statistics are correct the end of the 2019 season.[18]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2019 Collingwood 1 6 0 0 8 16 24 5 10 0.0 0.0 1.3 2.7 4.0 0.8 1.7
Career 6 0 0 8 16 24 5 10 0.0 0.0 1.3 2.7 4.0 0.8 1.7


  1. ^ a b c d "Sharni Layton profile". Collingwood Magpies. Archived from the original on 18 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Sharni Layton". Netball Australia. Archived from the original on 29 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b Davies, Alex (26 March 2019). "AFLW's Sharni Layton On Why You Need To Take A Risk". Australian Women's Health. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  4. ^ Partland, Warren (29 January 2010). "Sharni sets her goals". The Advertiser. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Inside Sharni Layton, an Australian netball champion". Motivations Magazine. 7 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Sharni Layton's a cut above". Adelaide Now. 30 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Adelaide Thurderbirds secure second ANZ Championship with two-goal win over Queensland Firebirds". Adelaide Now. 14 July 2013.
  8. ^ "NSW Swifts sign star defender Sharni Layton". Adelaide Now. 30 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Energy and enthusiasm make Sharni Layton a NSW Swifts favourite". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Collingwood's Diamond-encrusted Magpies netball team the envy of the world". Daily Telegraph. 21 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Workload few could shoulder finally takes its toll on 'exhausted' Sharni Layton". Guardian Australia. 10 August 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Netballer Sharni Layton opens up about 'mental health injury'". 29 March 2018.
  13. ^ a b c d "Australian netball star Layton retires". SBS News. 18 July 2018. Archived from the original on 18 July 2018.
  14. ^ Melki, Taylah (3 December 2019). "Recruits flood to VNL as 2020 fixture released". Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  15. ^ "Sharni Layton: Netballer for Collingwood Magpies + Aussie Diamonds". Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  16. ^ Rourke, Alison (13 September 2018). "Sharni Layton to play AFLW for Collingwood after stellar netball career". Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  17. ^ "VFLW Stats Central: Grand Final". 25 September 2019. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  18. ^ "Sharni Layton – Player Stats By Season". Australian Football. Retrieved 3 April 2019.

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