After finishing second place in last year’s ANZ Championship, Mystics shooter Megan Dehn has now retired from professional netball. Her role with the team hasn’t ended here though, with the shooter now a specialist coach for the Mystics side.
It was a difficult decision for Dehn to end her career, with the Mystics having unfinished business.
“My decision to retire was definitely made harder by the fact that we came so close but fell at the last hurdle; I did consider playing again to attempt to win the ANZ Championships. But I felt I wouldnâ€™t be playing for the right reasons,” Dehn told Netball Scoop.
Fortunately for Dehn, she can have another crack at the premiership – this time from the sidelines.
“I was honoured to be asked by coach Debbie Fuller to be the Shooting coach for the Mystics in 2012…shooting coach was the perfect opportunity for me to help the Mystics do that and still be involved myself,” said Dehn.
With Dehn’s expertise of Australian play, this will work to the Mystics’ advantage as she helps the team with game strategy and analysis. Working alongside Debbie Fuller and Gail Parata, Dehn will be working with Mystics shooters – Bailey Mes, Cathrine Latu, Maria Tutaia and Grace Rasmussen – helping to improve their shot and certain aspects of game play.
After retiring, Dehn now has the chance to spend more time with her family back home in Sydney, where she has been living away for at least 6 months of each year for the past 6 years.
“I felt that I was ready to move onto new things and the timing was right for me.”
“I wanted to move back home and be closer to family and friends.”
Dehn’s netball playing career hasn’t come to a complete halt though, with social netball now a part of her life, “but only at GD!” she exclaimed.
“I want to enjoy my first year out of professional sport and just be relaxed and try new things.”
“Iâ€™m getting into tennis though so maybe Iâ€™ll come back as a tennis player!” she laughed.