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Adelaide Thunderbirds
Adelaide Thunderbirds.jpg
Full name Adelaide Thunderbirds
Home venue ETSA Park
Captain Natalie von Bertouch
Coach Jane Woodlands-Thompson
Website http://www.thunderbirds.netball.asn.au/
League ANZ Championship
2008, 2009 3rd, 2nd
Team colours Team colours Team colours
Team colours
 
Team colours
CBT-era logo

The Adelaide Thunderbirds are an Australian netball team. They currently play in the trans-tasman ANZ Championship, and used to play in the national Commonwealth Bank Trophy.

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History

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Commonwealth Bank Trophy era

The Thunderbirds were South Australia's only team in the competition after the axing of the Adelaide Ravens in 2003, and were based out of ETSA Park in the Adelaide suburb of Mile End. The Thunderbirds were until 2006 coached by Margaret Angove and captained by Peta Scholz and Laura von Bertouch - the coach for 2007 was Tanya Obst with a leadership group of comprising captain Laura von Bertouch, Natalie von Bertouch, Fiona Pointon and Kristen Hughes Their team colours in the CBT were silver, pink and blue.

The Thunderbirds were among the strongest teams in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy ever since its inception. The club was possibly the strongest in the league in its early years, and twice won the competition in that period. While it had slipped to a degree in the later years due to increased competition from the Melbourne Phoenix and Sydney Swifts, the team has still never finished lower than third overall.

2006 saw some sizzling performances from the girls from Adelaide, as their whole forward line of Hughes, Medhurst, and both von Bertouch sisters were developing in the Australian squad. The end of the season was disappointing, perhaps partly explained by the sidelining of Scholz (who was in top form) due to pregnancy, when they first dropped a game to the seventh placed Hunter Jaegers, and then were decimated by the Sydney Swifts in the major semifinal and the grand final.

ANZ Championship era

The Thunderbirds are South Australia's representating team in the ANZ Championship. The club announced a new sponsor and a new look for the 2008 season, with the Netball club aligning themselves with the Port Adelaide Football Club in a sponsorship deal which will see the Thunderbirds wearing Port Adelaide's colours of Black, White, Teal and Silver.[1] The Thunderbirds have also recruited former Melbourne Phoenix coach Lisa Alexander to their coaching staff, and also Australian and former Sydney Swifts player Mo'onia Gerrard, and English International representative Geva Mentor to their squad.[2]. The Thunderbirds play all home games at ETSA Park, in Adelaide.

Players

2010 Adelaide Thunderbirds roster
Players Coaching staff
Nat. Name Position(s) DoB Height
Australia Emily Beaton WA, C 09-04-1987 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Australia Georgia Beaton WD, GD 22-06-1990 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Australia Erin Bell GA, GS 30-04-1987 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Jamaica Carla Borrego GS, GA 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Australia Natalie von Bertouch (c) C, WD 16-12-1982 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Australia Kate Beveridge GS, GA 25-07-1985 1.92 m (6 ft 3+12 in)
Australia Mo'onia Gerrard (vc) GD, WD 15-01-1980 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Australia Jasmine Keene GS, GA 14-01-1987 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Australia Sharni Layton GK, GD 06-02-1988 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
England Geva Mentor GK, GD 17-09-1984 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Australia Joanna Sutton WD, C 13-07-1986 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Australia Sheree Wingard WA, C 18-08-1988 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)

Head coach: Jane Woodlands-Thompson
Asst coach(es): Judy Greenwood, Lisa Alexander


Notes
  • (c) – Captain
  • (cc) – Co-captain
  • (vc) – Vice-captain
  • Injured – Injured
  • ✱ – Maternity leave

Last updated: 24-01-2010
Official player profiles

Extended squad
  • Melissa Rowland: GA, GS
  • Kate Shimmin: GK, GD

Competitive history

  • 1997: 2nd
  • 1998: 1st
  • 1999: 1st
  • 2000: 2nd
  • 2001: 2nd
  • 2002: 2nd
  • 2003: 3rd
  • 2004: 3rd
  • 2005: 3rd
  • 2006: 2nd
  • 2007: 3rd
  • 2008: 3rd
  • 2009: 2nd

References

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Melbourne Phoenix
Commonwealth Bank Trophy Champions
1998–1999
Succeeded by
Melbourne Phoenix

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