13/04/2024
Matilda Garrett

Matilda Garrett has signed on for two years at the Adelaide Thunderbirds, following a breakout first season in the Pink dress.

Goal defence Matilda Garrett has signed on for two more years at the Adelaide Thunderbirds, following her stellar first season at the club.

Goal defence Matilda Garrett has signed a two-year deal with the Adelaide Thunderbirds, securing her spot at the club until the end of 2023. For all the Suncorp Super Netball signing news, stay up to date with our Off-Season Hub and follow The Inner Sanctum’s netball podcast, Over a Third, on Twitter and Instagram to get the news when it breaks.

Moving across from Victoria after three seasons at Collingwood, Garrett made her Thunderbirds debut in Round 1 and experienced a breakout year starting on the court in all 14 of the club’s Suncorp Super Netball games in 2021.

Garrett relished her increased court time at the Thunderbirds this season. Her defensive combination with Jamaican goal keeper Shamera Sterling was exciting and flourished as the season went on.

The goal defence came out firing in the opening rounds and shined in Round 3 against her old side the Collingwood Magpies.

With four intercepts, five gains and 12 centre pass receives, she was selected in the Team of the Round and was named the fan-voted MVP for the Thunderbirds.

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Garrett capped off the year with selection in the 2021/22 Australian Development Squad, alongside her teammates including Georgie Horjus who has also signed on at the club for two years.

Her growth in 2021 was not restricted to the netball court. The 23-year-old relocated interstate to pursue her netball career amid Covid-times and continued her university studies in Exercise Sport Science at Uni SA.

She quickly built friendships with her teammates and explored other opportunities in coaching with Pembroke.

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Thunderbirds High Performance Manager Pitre Bourdon said the club had been impressed with Garrett’s first year in Adelaide.

“Matilda slotted into our defensive end with ease and has formed strong combinations across the court,” Bourdon said.

“She is highly respected amongst the playing group and staff and is showing herself to be a natural leader on and off the court.”

The Thunderbirds are showing confidence in their young stars, Garrett’s signature following that of teenager Horjus who also signed on until 2023.

The club has also announced two departures, with Shadine van der Merwe and Samantha Gooden not offered contracts for 2022.

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