Bullen ignites Fusion
TODAY Kate Bullen is working as a guidance officer at Maryborough State High School, helping students plan their career paths.
Tomorrow she will plot Queensland Fusion's path to the Australian Netball League finals.
Bullen will be in Melbourne to contest round five of the national competition, which acts as a feeder competition to the ANZ Championship.
A perennial contender for the ANL title, the Fusion sits third on the table after four rounds, but faces its toughest round to date when it takes on the undefeated Southern Force and Victorian Fury.
Bullen played with the Fusion in its inaugural year in 2008, but missed out in subsequent years.
Driven by a desire to return to the team, the 26-year-old defender didn't let the mental anguish deter her.
"I haven't represented my state for a few years and it's always an honour to do that," she said.
"But the best thing about playing for the Fusion is playing against quality athletes from all over Australia."
Throughout this year's campaign, Bullen, who represented Queensland when she was 16, has shut down some of the country's best up-and-coming shooters.
Originally from Brisbane, Bullen moved to Hervey Bay three months ago with her fiancé Darren Underwood for work.
She believed a change in lifestyle and a new approach to her game was exactly what the doctor ordered.
"I find it difficult not having the same amount of contact with the other players, but at the same time it's been good as well," she said.
"I've matured as an athlete and my ability to manage work, life and training has helped me enjoy it a lot more this year."
ON THE BALL
Position: Goalkeeper/goal defence
Biggest inspiration: My parents, Jenny and Ian
Player you most admire: Clare McMeniman
Favourite meal: Spaghetti Bolognese
Pre-game ritual: I always have to brush my teeth
Ultimate dream: Represent my state at the highest level