30/05/2024
Shamera Sterling battles for an intercept for the Thunderbirds.

Shamera Sterling battles for an intercept for the Thunderbirds. Image: Adelaide Thunderbirds (Twitter)

Shamera Sterling is the latest member of the Adelaide Thunderbirds to sign on for 2022, as the talented keeper signs on for two more seasons.

Shamera Sterling is the latest member of the Adelaide Thunderbirds to sign on for the 2022 season. 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.

The Jamaican international has been the Thunderbirds goal keeper since 2019, and has made her name as one of the premier goal keepers in Suncorp Super Netball, if not global netball.

She will return to continue that form in 2022 and 2023 after signing a two-year deal with the Thunderbirds.

Sterling led the league in intercepts in 2021, finishing with 49, and was second in the league for deflections with 86. Her ability to disrupt attacking play is unparalleled, with teams making a conscious effort to reduce her effect on the feed into the circle.

Sterling’s return means that the Thunderbirds will return all three players from a defence that was much improved in 2021.

Her partnership with Matilda Garrett was strong in their first year together, and having Jamaican teammate Latanya Wilson also at the Thunderbirds helps Sterling, Wilson and the Thunderbirds to improve their chemistry.

It was announced on Sunday that Garrett would be returning, while WIlson’s signature was announced yesterday.

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Adelaide Thunderbirds High Performance Manager Pitre Bourdon praised Sterling as a key building block as the Club seeks to return to finals for the first time since 2013.

“Shamera’s impact in our defensive end is undeniable and we’re thrilled to sign her for the next two seasons,” Bourdon said.

“Her talent and athleticism are incredible assets to our side, and we’ve been impressed with her growth and leadership over the past three seasons.

“She’s a fan favourite for a reason and we know she will be an important part of our club’s direction into the future.”

The Thunderbirds will announce the remainder of their 2022 roster before the end of the signing period on October 8. There are still five players to be named for the 2022 season.

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