A - Netball skirt from the Australian Netball Team 1994-1995
Marianne Murphy was born in Orange on 10 March 1969 and her schooldays were spent at Sacred Hearts Infants School, St Josephs Primary School and James Sheahan Catholic High School. Her netball career began in primary school as a 10 year old and she took only a one-year break between then and 1995.
Marianne played State Age Netball with Orange for four years and during her last year at State Age as an under 15 she was spotted by State Coach Margaret Corbett. Marianne was invited to attend a talented training camp. This was to be a major turning point in her career, as this camp saw her elevated to the New South Wales under 17 team.
Marianne played in the State under 17 team in 1984 and Captained the side in 1985. She was then promoted to the State under 19 team in 1986 and Captained the team in 1987. She was awarded an Australian Institute of Sport Scholarship and was also the Orange Sportsperson of the year for 1987.
In 1988 Marianne joined the Sutherland Club and again came under the guidance of State coach Margaret Corbett. Two years later she became a member of the State under 21 team and she was vice captain of this team in 1989. Marianne also played for Australia in this age group. 1990 saw Marianne selected into the New South Wales open team and she remained a member of the very powerful State team for three years.
Marianne travelled to England in 1993 and took a year away from netball and it was generally considered that she lost her opportunity to represent Australia. However National Coach Joyce Brown had other ideas and invited Marianne to join the National Squad after her return from England in 1994. On her return from England Marianne joined the Ku-Ring-Gai Club and regained her place in the New South Wales squad. Her dynamic play forced her selection into the Australian open team to play Trinidad - Tobago in a four test series.
Marianne played her first Test in July in 1994 in Adelaide and her second in Brisbane. She continued her good form and represented Australia again in February 1995 with Tests against South Africa in Sydney and Brisbane. She was selected to tour England in July 1995 as part of the Australian Team to contest the World Championship at Birmingham.