01/03/2024

New Thunderbird Lauren Frew (Photo: Adelaide Thunderbirds)

South Australian talent Lauren Frew has earned her first contract after being elevated from a training partner contract.

The Adelaide Thunderbirds have secured local talent Frew from Matrics Netball Club, which has many Super Netball greats in their alumni. She’ll join familiar face Lucy Austin in the goal circle, both being able to shoot from long range.

Frew is a notable South Australia Sports Institute member and has represented her state at nationals. She most recently played in the Adelaide Thunderbirds’ futures side at the Australian National Championships (ANC), taking home bronze.

Frew was the 2020 Premier League Reserves MVP, taking home Rookie of the Year in their top division in 2021.

The 22-year-old became a premiership player with Matrics in 2022 and won gold with the Southern Force in the ANC. Thanks to her ANC campaign, she was named in the Australia Under 21 squad.

She was signed on as a training partner in 2023 and joined a group with many fellow South Australian talent.

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Thunderbirds High-Performance Manager Pitre Bourdon said how important she will be in their Super Netball title defence.

“Frew has shown exceptional skill as a strong, confident shooter and we have full faith that she can rise to the challenge of Super Suncorp Netball,” Bourdon said. 

“Her combination of skill and talent saw her shine on court in her season with Matrics in 2023.

“It’s great to see another South Australian progress through Netball SA’s pathways and earn her spot at the highest level.

“We can’t wait to see her develop her game further on netball’s biggest stage.”

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