A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. Browne’s sister Kelsey went down with the same injury late in the season. Australian and Collingwood defender April Brandley will step away from netball in 2020 to have her first baby. She appeared in last Sunday's minor semi-final loss to Melbourne Vixens at 16 weeks pregnant. Magpies defender April Brandley will step away from netball next season after announcing she is pregnant. Brandley took the court in the Super Netball elimination final against the Vixens last Sunday 16 weeks along, with baby Brandley due to arrive in February. "I just wanted a healthy, happy baby, but a little girl means a whole other deal," second-time dad-to-be Brantley Gilbert tells PEOPLE exclusively Stay on current site or go to US version. April Brandley's baby is due in February. The defender was closely monitored by medical staff throughout the season to ensure she was physically fit to take the court. She plays in the positions of GK, GD and WD, and has been selected on several occasions for the Australia national netball team. To join the conversation, please log in. CLAY Brandley has become the unofficial mascot for the Giants’ 2020 season, with the six-month-old son of April Brandley the only child living in Super Netball’s Queensland bubble. Brandley says she's yet to decide whether she will return to netball after the birth. Is this the most relentless Lightning side? Brandley will be the first to return from the baby boom that has occurred within netball over the past 12 months. Credit: AAP. Former Australian Diamond and Collingwood Magpies defender, April Brandley, has joined the GIANTS as a nominated training partner for the 2020 season. Register, Join the conversation, you are commenting as Logout. You can find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out Brandley, who was a member of the Diamonds’ team at the World Cup in Liverpool in July, continued to play throughout the first months of her pregnancy. Brandley took the court in the minor semi-final against the Vixens last Sunday 16 weeks along, with baby Brandley due to arrive in February next year. The goal defence said she was excited to embark on her new chapter, but was unsure as yet if she would make a return to the netball court. The star defender announced at the end of the 2019 season that she would be stepping away from the game in 2020 to become a … Brandley played through most of the Super Netball season and the Netball World Cup while in the early stages of her pregnancy. After taking to the court — 16 weeks along — in the Magpies’ season-ending semi-final loss to the Melbourne Vixens, Brandley announced she was expecting her first child in February. Diamonds netballer April Brandley to have baby, New coach to decide on Diamonds captaincy, Vixens clinch Super Netball title thriller, Fever coach won't let critics distract her, Refreshed Vixens ready for netball decider, Vixens motivated by sacrifices, retirements, Fever storm into Super Netball grand final, Aussie netball captain Bassett to play in NZ, Australian sports set guidelines on trans athletes, Netball commits to Indigenous improvements, Vixens goal duo call time on Super Netball, Vixens top Lightning ahead of Super finals, Bassett misses out as Giants scrap to draw. Fitting training around breastfeeding is just one of the challenges of Brandley says she's yet to decide whether she will return to netball after the birth. Fitting training around breastfeeding is just one of the challenges of April Brandley's day after the Diamonds defender made a shock return to Super Netball this season. “When or if I will return to netball is uncertain at this time, motherhood may get the better of me.”. Invalid postcode. Collingwood and Australian netballer April Brandley will step away from the sport in 2020 to have a baby. Brandley’s baby news follows an eventful year for the Magpies after they lost co-captain Madi Browne for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. A foundation player of the Magpies netball team is set to take a pregnant pause from the game next season, ex-Diamond April Brandley set to leave big shoes to fill in defence. The Magpies this week announced they had re-signed young goal attack Gabrielle Sinclair for next season. Join Facebook to connect with April Brandley and others you may know. Brandley was a foundation member of the Magpies’ Super Netball team — one of four remaining with the team in 2019, after joining the team from the West Coast Fever. This is also known as Online Behavioural Advertising. April Brandley (née Letton; born 19 April 1990) is a professional Australian netball player, who last played for the Collingwood Magpies in the Suncorp Super Netball league.

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