Julie Corletto

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Julie Corletto
Personal information
Full name Julie Corletto (née Prendergast)
Born (1986-10-31) 31 October 1986 (age 28)
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Spouse Daryl Corletto
Relatives Ian Prendergast (AFL player)
Netball career
Playing position(s): GD, WD, GK
Last updated: 2009-03-27

Julie Corletto (née Prendergast; born 31 October 1986) is an Australian international netball player. She plays for the Australian Diamonds and the NSW Swifts. She usually plays in the positions of goal defence and wing defence. Corletto is the younger sister of former AFL footballer Ian Prendergast.

Career[edit]

Corletto started playing netball at aged 10 in home town of Kerang. She made her Commonwealth Bank Trophy debut at the age of 16 for the Melbourne Phoenix, where her style of defence saw her named Netball Australia's best new talent. She was selected in the Australian open squad at the age of 17. In 2005 she captained the Australian U/21 team to a bronze medal at the World Youth Championships, while on the comeback trail from a stress fracture in her foot.

In 2007 Corletto was recruited from the Melbourne Phoenix to cross-town rivals, Melbourne Kestrels. Also that year, she was named in the Australian national team to tour England in a tri-series. However, after injuring her ankle in the first minutes of the season opener, the local derby between Phoenix and Kestrels, she was forced to pull out, with Melbourne Kestrels team-mate Rebecca Bulley called up in her place. But a few months later Corletto went on to make an impressive debut for Australia against Jamaica, and played goal defence during a subsequent Australian series win against New Zealand. In November 2007, she won her first ever world championship title, as the youngest member of the victorious Australian team.

In 2008 Corletto signed with the Melbourne Vixens to play in the new trans-Tasman ANZ Championship. She again played for the Vixens in the 2009 (and married Melbourne Tigers basketballer Daryl Corletto). Julie capped off a sensational 2009 season with the ANZ Championship premiership winning Vixens; coming runner-up in the Vixens’ Best & Fairest, and being awarded the Liz Ellis Diamond, the highest and most prestigious individual honour in Australian netball; awarded to the player that has polled the most votes across the ANZ Championship and Australian Diamonds seasons. Unfortunately Julie’s 2010 season was interrupted with Julie having to undergo knee surgery on both knees, thus missing out in representing Australia in the Commonwealth Games.

Julie made up for her misfortunes in 2011, returning to the Vixens team during round 5 of the 2011 season, and being named in the Diamonds Squad to represent Australia in the World Netball Championships. At the end of the 2012 ANZ championship season Julie announced she was leaving the Vixens to sign with the New Zealand team the Northern Mystics in 2013[1] to join husband Daryl [2] who had re-signed with the New Zealand Breakers. She played for the Northern Mystics in 2013 & 2014. Corletto played in the Australian Netball Diamonds 2014Commonwealth Games team that won the gold medal.

Corletto will return to Australia to play in 2015 with Sydney-based team the NSW Swifts (her husband will play basketall with his former ANBL club, renamed Melbourne United).

ANZ Championship Accolades[edit]

  • 2011 Melbourne Vixens Coaches Award

Netball Career Facts[edit]

  • 2014 Australian Commonwealth Games Netball Team
  • 2011 World Championship gold medal (extra-time)
  • 2009 Liz Ellis Diamond winner
  • 2009 ANZ Championship victory with Melbourne Vixens
  • 2007 World Championship gold medal
  • 2005 Commonwealth Bank Trophy winner with Melbourne Phoenix
  • 2004 Commonwealth Bank Trophy Best New Talent

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rebecca Williams "Julie Corletto walks out on Melbourne Vixens to join Northern Mystics" Melbourne, August 20, 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  2. ^ Dana Johannsen "Netball: Sport's courting couple reunited as Mystic's new signing hits town" New Zealand, 28 August 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.