Ian HarkinModeratorOctober 20, 2020 at 12:15 pmPost count: 9772
Maisie Nankivell, Hannah Petty and Shadine van der Merwe have all re-signed for the Thunderbirds for 2021…Netballcrazy1ParticipantOctober 20, 2020 at 1:30 pmPost count: 1836
Great to have Nankivell and Van Der Merwe back. Interesting to note that they refer to Petty as a C and WA even though she played primarily at WD and C over the past few years and also in younger age groups as well. Maybe we’ll see more of her at WA now that Pitman is goneIan HarkinModeratorNovember 2, 2020 at 6:53 pmPost count: 9772
Matilda Garrett and Elle McDonald have signed with the ThunderbirdsTullyParticipantNovember 2, 2020 at 7:52 pmPost count: 860
I’m very keen to see how Garrett progresses in a new environment. Was selected for WYC as a teenager but just seemed to have stopped developing at Collingwood. I’m happy to see her find a new home.al_exParticipantNovember 2, 2020 at 8:33 pmPost count: 928
I’m really glad to see McDonald get a contract, she deserves one. Hopefully she can work on her S&C in the off season, she may very well end up in their starting 7. It’s quite strange to me that they dropped Pitman though, maybe they hoped they could get a better GA option so that Horjus could start at WA. I’m not really a fan of Nankivell at WA.
Garrett is a decent signing and I hope her development really improves in the new environment. Again, I’m not really sure if she offers more than Shimmin, but it is what it is. It feels like a lot of players of pretty equal abilities have rotated through clubs, it’s been quite a strange off season!Netballcrazy25ParticipantNovember 3, 2020 at 3:35 amPost count: 21
It’s exciting that these young players have been offered opportunities, but I’m just not feeling this Tbirds line up as a collective.
I felt like they had the perfect balance of youth and experience this year, were competitive and were building towards something special in 2021.
Whilst the defence end will no doubt win them plenty of ball,with the roster changes, they now lack any experience in their attacking midcourt.
I fear the young guns are going to feel exposed out there in 2021 and they will lose their competitiveness.
TullyParticipantNovember 3, 2020 at 5:21 amPost count: 860
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I think McDonald’s lack of SSN experience is made up for with her maturity. McDonald’s pathway was non traditional as she never made a VIC state team. Elle has played mixed for Australia and at 26 plays with a confident assuredness.
I’d have McDonald start at WA in this team with Nankivell in C.
I can understand why SA netball fans may not be naturally drawn to the team given the changes and that the number of SA athletes has reduced in the 10 (assuming Sterling and Guscoth finish the team). Hopefully that changes once they get out on court.
I’m looking forward to see who the TPs are. Hopefully Orr and Williams are there and maybe even Nyah Allan can be brought back (I watched an interview where she said the big attraction to Magpies was Rob Wright).TACTIXSUPPORTERParticipantNovember 3, 2020 at 5:25 amPost count: 449
Surprised Blackmann wasn’t given a contract. Support your local players.Netballcrazy1ParticipantNovember 3, 2020 at 8:48 amPost count: 1836
I really haven’t seen much of Blackman at SSN level, Thunderbirds haven’t given her the opportunity, but in the few glimpses I’ve seen, she hasn’t lit the world on fire, but again, they’ve only been glimpses because she’s hasn’t been given the opportunityIan HarkinModeratorNovember 10, 2020 at 6:43 pmPost count: 9772Netballcrazy1ParticipantNovember 10, 2020 at 7:23 pmPost count: 1836
This has to be a joke…TullyParticipantNovember 10, 2020 at 7:39 pmPost count: 860
I’m not sure describing the situation with Shimmin as a defection is entirely accurate.Ian HarkinModeratorNovember 10, 2020 at 9:26 pmPost count: 9772JinxiboParticipantNovember 11, 2020 at 5:52 amPost count: 1031
Interesting piece but confusing!
she’s leaving SSN but not netball? right ?Ian HarkinModeratorNovember 11, 2020 at 6:54 pmPost count: 9772
Guscoth farewells Adelaide to pursue medical career https://adelaidethunderbirds.com.au/news/guscoth-farewells-adelaide-pursue-medical-career
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