Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Verity All Ready to Fly Verity on Fire; Clarence Valley Star Looks Forward to Flight North to Firebirds

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Verity All Ready to Fly Verity on Fire; Clarence Valley Star Looks Forward to Flight North to Firebirds

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Byline: sports journalist sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

TOO MANY people throw the "new year, new me" saying around every time January 1 rolls around, but it hits the nail on the head for Grafton girl Verity Simmons.

Simmons, 22, took time out from her Rottnest Island holiday last week to catch up with The Daily Examiner.

She was enjoying a much needed break before getting back into preseason training with the Queensland Firebirds.

It is her first preseason with the club since leaving West Coast Fever, the club she debuted for in 2012 before becoming a permanent fixture in the starting seven in 2013.

"I'm loving the beach and it's great to be back," Simmons said.

"I've only got two weeks off but there's a pretty solid home program to stick to.

"We showed a big improvement. The results just didn't fall our way.

"I'm going to miss it over here but I'm really looking forward to the move."

The announcement of Simmons' move came at the same time the Firebirds re-signed young guns Gabi Simpson and Kim Ravaillion.

They form a powerful triumvirate: Simpson as one of the leading Firebirds for centre pass receives, deflections and intercepts, with Ravaillion the second highest in the Firebirds' ranks for goal assists (141).

Add to Simmons' 180 goal assists and 158 centre pass receives, and the Firebirds could be looking at another premiership.

And while the premiership ranks highly on Simmons' 2014 wish list, for now she is simply focused on settling into her new club.

"They've got a really good system up there but it's so different," she said.

"The approach to the game, the team - everything's different.

"The main key at the Firebirds is we really push the team orientation - there are no individual players, we're a team."

The team isn't just the few athletes who grace the ANZ Championship courts. …

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