Lincoln eyes special birthday present

TIFFANY Lincoln turns 23 on Monday, but she hopes the cause for celebrations that night will instead be a historic victory for the NSW Swifts.

The new-look trans-Tasman netball league starts tomorrow when title favourites Melbourne play New Zealand side Central Pulse in Wellington.

The Swifts won the final national league last year and open their next chapter against Southern Steel at Acer Arena on Monday night.

Lincoln said there was a buzz around the new competition and she was confident the 10 teams five from Australia and five from New Zealand would deliver an exciting brand of netball.

"It's a really exciting time for our sport, and I feel so lucky to be a part of it," Lincoln said.

"We've just got to show everyone how good we are now, but the competition has been condensed down to the best in both countries, so it should be good."

Lincoln was a late addition to the NSW team when Megan Dehn reneged on her Swifts deal to sign in New Zealand.

The Merewether 22-year-old grew up playing goal shooter and goal attack but has been converted to a specialist wing attack by Swifts coach Julie Fitzgerald.

"It's obviously different to the circle, but I am enjoying it because that's all I'm playing and I know I've improved heaps already just from focusing on the one position," Lincoln said.

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