Selected in her first Silver Ferns squad in 2017, talented 1.92m defender Kelly Jury made the most of her opportunity after bouncing back from an early setback.
Days after signing her first top-level contract with Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, Jury ruptured an Achilles tendon which put her out of action for the 2015 season. Still very much in the infancy of her career, she rebounded admirably in 2016, impressing enough with her strength of character and hard work behind the scenes to gain a spot in the 2017 Silver Ferns squad.
In a stellar year, the towering defender gained her first Silver Ferns cap early in 2017 ahead of playing an instrumental role in the New Zealand U21 team’s unbeaten run to the World Youth Cup title.
One of New Zealand netball’s rising young talents, Jury made giant strides in 2017 in adding to her growing status and long-term future at the elite level.
The injury curse struck again in 2018 to curtail her promising career, a major shoulder injury impeding her progress. Successful surgery and a move to the Pulse in 2020 where she has gone from strength-to-strength have rejuvenated Jury’s promising career.
As one of the tallest defenders in the New Zealand game, Jury is adding to her skillset with quick hand and foot movement and attacking thrust from the back court.
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