In the spotlight: Kimberlee Green

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After taking out the title in season one (2008), the NSW Swifts had a disappointing season last year finishing second last. However, after only two rounds this season, they are sitting pretty on top of the ANZ Championship ladder with 2 away wins.

Kimberlee Green, the Swifts dynamic Wing Attack/Centre, is one of the key playmakers in the side and an integral player in its early season good form.  She is statistically better than her 2009 averages.

This year Green has received the ball from the centre pass 15.5 times per game, compared to last season where she only received the ball an average of 1.2 times per game. Even though Green played predominately Centre in 2009, she has been able to easily adapt to her Wing Attack role this season. She deflected the ball 12 times for the entire 2009 season (0.9 per game).  This season she has already deflected the ball 3 times (1.5 on average).

In terms of the negative stats, Green has improved immensely this season. Last season she turned the ball over an average of 4.7 times per game.  In her two games this season, she has turned the ball over 3.5 times and only twice on the weekend against the Thunderbirds.

Greenís discipline is another area that has really stood out. Last season she gave away 11.5 penalties each game, compared to only 4.5 per game this season (5 against the Firebirds and 4 against the Thunderbirds).

Only 2 rounds into the 2010 ANZ Championship season, the NSW Swifts are well positioned to make season 2009 a distant memory. If all their key players such as Kimberlee Green keep firing as they have been, can the Swifts emulate the dizzy heights they achieved in 2008?