The Mission Queensland Firebirds are set to fly even higher in 2015, and their loyal Brisbane fans will be standing alongside them.


Roselee Jencke

The Firebirds have boldly said they are out to make amends in 2015 after making the Grand Final the last two years in a row and just falling short of victory with two disappointing losses.

Coach Roselee Jencke said that although the team didn’t play their best netball on that day, they are now ready and raring to go and would like to thank their Brisbane fans for supporting them through the season.

“We play best when we have our fans on the sidelines, it’s great for the team to be able to sign autographs for them and take pictures after the game. They’re always very supportive,” she says. “This is a team of professional athletes so a lot of work is done by them during the season. Hours of court work and exercise. Many of them have to juggle study and work as well because they realise that they will need other career options once netball is over. It’s a lot of work but the results are worth it.

Jencke was appointed as Head Coach of the Mission Queensland Firebirds in 2010 and led the team to their historical undefeated premiership in 2011. She was also captain of the Australia 21/U team in 1984 and a player in the open team on 43 occasions from 1985 to 1992. Jenke also received an Order of Australia Medal and an Australia Day Medal in 1992 and was inducted into the Netball Victoria Hall of Fame in 2004.

So it’s safe to say she knows her stuff.

“I think it’s great for Brisbane to have a strong team of female athletes to look up to and support,” she says. “We’re looking forward to a strong year in 2015.”

Roselee Jencke is a member of Team Brisbane, a  campaign that seeks to highlight the achievements of Brisbane’s high-profile identities while also encouraging Brisbane residents to talk up their own achievements and city. Join the conversation by using the hashtags #TeamBNE and #brisbaneanyday.