Is Casey Kopua unique?

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    Pardalote
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    She’s brilliant, and determined and scares the bejeezus out of oppositions…….

    But it is another characteristic that I am thinking of while watching her play her last home game for Magic: I cannot think of another long term legend of the game who has played every game for the one team. The closest would be Geitz, who played 169 for Firebirds, and Wendy Frew who played all of her career with Sting/Steel (although not at the stellar level of Kopua and Geitz).

    Back in earlier days it was rare and remarkable to move teams, but these days it is the norm, so that is what makes Casey’s journey even more remarkable.

    So, using the criterion of national caps 25+ and ANZ/SSN/VSNL caps 150+ is there any current (or recently retired) player who has had her entire journey at the one club?

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    JR
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    185 games with Magic and 104 with the Silver Ferns.  Is that right?

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    Pardalote
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    185 games with Magic and 104 with the Silver Ferns. Is that right?

    Sounds about right

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    caribou
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    Romelda Aiken?

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    TrentA
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    Romelda Aiken?

    Surely she must have played Club netball in Jamaica before joining the Firebirds in 2008?

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    Marksa7
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    Sharelle McMahon; Phoenix which morphed into Vixens, and Diamonds.

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    Pardalote
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    Romelda Aiken?

    Surely she must have played Club netball in Jamaica before joining the Firebirds in 2008?

    She had played for Jamaica from 2004, so you would think she probably does not qualify for the ‘underage to retired’ category, but pretty close, I reckon. Most imports have to / choose to move, but she seems to be maroon Queenslander

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    Sharelle McMahon; Phoenix which morphed into Vixens, and Diamonds.

    And Liz Ellis, etc. That’s why I said ‘recently retired’, because it was almost unheard-of to move teams before the ANZC, and still very unusual when McMahon retired.

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    JR
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    Romelda’s Wikipedia entry says she’s played for the club Jamalco from 2004 now …..I don’t think that’s right, but maybe she did play for them before coming to F’Birds in 2008.

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    Yeah think not many if any can come close to Casey’s playing history.  Plus the fact she’s been with Magic for what? 16 yrs was it?  Amazing, even if she did thrash us tonight lol, and why not if it was there for the taking.

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    Claire McMenimim (sp?)? Shes the only other one I can really think of.

    Casey Kopua, such a loyal Legend. I don’t think it would have mattered how much money was thrown at her, she probably would have stayed loyal to Magic. In saying that, I think Magic would have matched any offer that was thrown to her. Loyalty is a two way thing.

    Would still have liked to seen her do 1 season in the SSN.

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    all-rounder
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    Chatfield – same as Sharelle although not as many

     

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    Ian
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    There are some Australian players who played for one club for a long time, but had previously started at the Canberra Darters. For example, someone mentioned Clare McMeniman. She was at the Darters. So was Laura Geitz who went on to play for so many years for the Firebirds. If you count Phoenix & Vixens as one club and I guess we should, then yes, McMahon & Chatfield were there for a long time and nowhere else.

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    Iheartdiamonds
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    Nat VB only played for the thunderbirds.

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    Yes, but all of these players are past ones, with Geitz being the most recently retired. In recent years the ease of moving teams, and febrile nature of the trading process means that you cannot compare NVB or McMahon’s  career with Kopua (or Geitz for that matter). And let’s be clear, often players do not move voluntarily: in my understanding, Thwaitlyn’s moves from Vixens, from Pulse and from Magpies were all of necessity – only the move from Swifts to Magpies was a choice. Ditto Medhurst: not wanted at Thunderbirds or Fever, but voluntarily moved from Firebirds. Whereas Leanna de Bruin just seems to enjoy moving clubs

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