Natasha Chokljat

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Natasha Chokljat
Personal information
Born (1979-04-27) 27 April 1979 (age 35)
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Netball career
Playing position(s): C, WD, WA
Last updated: 2009-03-12

Natasha Chokljat (born 27 April 1979 in Tasmania) is an Australian netball player. She has played international netball as a member of the Australian national team, and has played in the ANZ Championship for the Melbourne Vixens and the New Zealand side the Southern Steel. However, she is not signed for any club in 2012.

Domestic career[edit]

Chokljat was first called up to the Australian U21 netball team in 1998. After Australian representative Simone McKinnis retired from the Melbourne Phoenix that same year, an opening arose for a talented wing defender to join the Melbourne side in 1999. Chokljat decided to play for Melbourne Phoenix, which won the Commonwealth Bank Trophy in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005. Chokljat played netball for Melbourne Vixens till the end of the 2010 season in the ANZ Championships. She has signed to play for the Invercargill based Southern Steel for the 2011 season, following her rugby playing partner James Lew across the tasman as he looks for more rugby opportunities.

International career[edit]

Chokljat became a member of the Australian national squad in 2003. She made her international debut against South Africa and two months later travelled to Jamaica with the Australian team to contend the 2003 Netball World Championships. An accomplished wing defence, Natasha was called upon to fill the unfamiliar centre and wing-attack roles in the national team. Australia received a silver medal at the 2003 World Championships. Chokljat retained her spot in the national team until late 2005. However, she was recalled to the Australian team in late 2006. Chokljat made her return to International Netball as captain of the invitational World 7 side in a three-test series against the Silver Ferns in 2009, in which the World 7 scored an upset series (2-1) win over New Zealand's highly fancied Silver Ferns.

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