Suncorp Netball Finals MVP Sam Wallace motivated by ailing dad

By September 19, 2019
NSW Swifts Sam Wallace finds her inspiration from her ailing dad Hendrickson Wallace NSW Swifts Sam Wallace finds her inspiration from her ailing dad Hendrickson Wallace

New South Wales Swifts’ Samantha Wallace credits her father for the motivation that helped her to the Suncorp Super Netball title and the Nissan Player of the Match for the finals.

The towering 25-year-old Wallace scored 40 goals from 44 attempts to lead the Swifts to a 64-47 win that denied the Sunshine Coast Lightning a third straight title.

The Trinidadian, who stands at 1.93m, said the announcement that she was the Finals MVP, came as a surprise.

“When my name was called as MVP of that game I was shocked because to me it could have gone to any one of our girls because we all did our jobs and played a role on that day. I am still shocked but also grateful,” she told Sportsmax. TV on Wednesday.

“Right now my feelings are like ‘Sam, you sacrificed so much this whole year with your father being sick and the amount of times I wanted to give up and don’t go training’. Every time I talk to my dad he gave me that courage, that motivation.”

Wallace’s father Hendrickson Wallace suffered a second stroke in March this year and for Wallace, being away in Australia and unable to care for him, was extremely difficult. That was her sacrifice, she said.

“It was hard. It was really, really, hard but when I am talking to my dad it really motivates me. He said he was proud of me by doing what I do, making him proud and (want) to fight his battles although some days he feels like giving up,” Wallace said.

“I couldn’t be home to see about him. Only financially I could help out seeing that I was miles away.”

The Lightning, coached by Noeline Taurua, were heavy favourites to win a third consecutive title but for some reason, Wallace said she was not nervous, which, for her, was unusual.

“I had no nerves or anything and my coach turned as asked me how was I feeling and I was like, ‘I am feeling really fine’, she said, “but normally I usually have nerves, going to the bathroom often and overthinking stuff.”

This time, things were different.

“Going into the final, I was really relaxed and confident in myself knowing that we had done all the hard work in training, analysing everything that we needed to know, so I think I was pretty confident in myself that yea, I am going to smash this.

“The Lightning had got the upper hand on us three times and I was like, this was my time to shine I need to command that circle and play the best netball ever.”

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