Former Waroona star has eyes for Super Netball gig

Donnelle Wallam has her sights set on earning a call-up to the Suncorp Super Netball league.

The former Waroona gun has been making waves over the past year, having taken out the Jill McIntosh Medal as the West Australian Netball League's fairest and best player in 2019.

She was again in the spotlight last week, helping the WA all-stars (a team compiled of the WANL's top talent) pluck a one-point win over the West Coast Fever in an exhibition match.

Wallam starred in that clash with 49 goals, with the tall shooter imposing herself on the Fever's defenders.

But while her dominance on the court seemed almost effortless, Wallam conceded she was feeling nervous in front of the 4000-strong RAC Arena crowd.

"I'd never played in front of a crowd like that - once people started piling in I could feel the nerves," she said.

"But really it was just a great experience to be playing against the Fever girls, let alone to come away with the win.

"For me there was nothing to lose, so I just went out and played."

The match was a serious step forward for Wallam and her bid to play in the Super Netball competition, a boost she needed after the Australian Netball League season was cancelled earlier this year.

Following her blistering WANL campaign in 2019, the 26-year-old was set to line up for the Western Sting in the national competition, and admitted the season's abandonment was a bitter blow.

"It was a bit of a kick in the guts," she said.

"We had trained for a couple of months and really gelled as a team so it was definitely frustrating when the season didn't go ahead, but we understand why."

But her efforts in the exhibition match teamed with another solid season for West Coast Warriors in the WANL would put Wallam firmly back on the radar of some Super Netball scouts.

For the girl that grew up in the small town of Harvey, playing at the elite level would be a dream come true.

"It would be special," she said.

"I didn't play much netball until a few years ago, but ever since I took it up I've loved every second of it."

Wallam spent two years playing for Waroona in the Peel Football and Netball League, helping the Demons to a pair of premierships.