Wallam Watch: Donnell Wallam signs on to continue with Queensland Firebirds for 2023 Super Netball season

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Donnell Wallam has signed on to continue with the Queensland Firebirds in 2023.
Camera IconDonnell Wallam has signed on to continue with the Queensland Firebirds in 2023. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

After an impressive debut Suncorp Super Netball season, Harvey’s Donnell Wallam is set to continue with the Queensland Firebirds.

The 28-year-old sharpshooter has signed on to continue with the Firebirds for the 2023 Super Netball season, along with teammates Ruby Bakewell-Doran and Mia Stower.

It comes ahead of Wallam travelling to Birmingham as a reserve for the Australian Diamonds at the Commonwealth Games later in July.

Wallam, a Noongar woman, was a break-out star for the Firebirds during the 2022 Super Netball season after joining the club during the January off-season and debuted to replace Romelda Aiken-George who went on maternity leave.

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She managed 519 goals during the 2022 Super Netball season behind West Coast Fever’s Jhaniele Fowler (804 goals), Collingwood’s Shimona Nelson (661) and Melbourne Vixen’s Mwai Kumwenda (540), along with 26 super shots, and 35 offensive rebounds — the third highest in the competition behind Fowler and Kumwenda.

Wallam got her start playing basketball in Waroona before switching to netball when she was discovered by West Coast Warriors coach Lorraine Ward in 2018.

During her time in the WA Netball League, Wallam won consecutive Jill McIntosh Medals as the best and fairest before moving to England to play for the Leeds Rhinos.

She became the second Indigenous woman to play in Super Netball and had the special opportunity to play alongside Wakka Wakka woman Jemma Mi Mi.

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