Netball: Corletto's keen to match husband

By Dana Johannsen

Julie Corletto wants to be on a par with her hubby Daryl. Photo / Doug Sherring.
Julie Corletto wants to be on a par with her hubby Daryl. Photo / Doug Sherring.

The Magic will certainly disagree, but Melbourne Vixens defender Julie Corletto believes it is only fair that her side win the transtasman league title tomorrow.

While the Magic will argue New Zealand is long overdue an ANZ Championship crown, Corletto's convictions are based more on achieving parity on the domestic front.

Corletto's husband Daryl was a key member of the NZ Breakers' defence of their Aussie NBL title this year, after being controversially axed from the Melbourne Tigers in the preseason, and the Australian defender is determined to match the achievements of her partner.

"My husband got a premiership this year with the Breakers, so in this household it is only fair that I get one as well, surely," Corletto said with a laugh. "So far, touch wood, I have followed in his footsteps - we both finished at the top of the ladder. And hopefully on Sunday we can put the icing on the cake."

But Corletto was very close to not being a part of the Vixens campaign at all this year.

With her husband based in New Zealand during the seven-month 2011/2012 ANBL season, Corletto sought a release from her contract with the Melbourne franchise. There were rumours too of an apparent rift between Corletto and coach Julie Hoornweg.

The Vixens management put their foot down, however, and prevented the Australian international from playing elsewhere.

Corletto said she was pleased she eventually stuck around in Melbourne this year, but with Daryl signed on for another season at the Breakers she is not so sure she'll do the same next season. She has already been linked with the Northern Mystics, but said she has yet to hold talks with other franchises.

"It's obviously been a really successful year and I'm pretty happy with the way it's gone," she said.

"I'm not exactly sure what I'll be doing next year. I've kind of forgotten about that and put it over to my manager to deal with and I'll be catching up with him to talk about that after Sunday."

- NZ Herald

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