26/02/2024
Samantha Gooden

After two seasons together the Adelaide Thunderbirds and goaler Samantha Gooden will part ways later this month. (Photo: Adelaide Thunderbirds)

The Adelaide Thunderbirds and Super Shot specialist Samantha Gooden will part ways later this month after two seasons together.

The Adelaide Thunderbirds and Samantha Gooden will part ways later this month after the goaler’s two seasons in South Australia. 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.

After joining the Thunderbirds in 2020 as a permanent replacement player, Gooden earned a full-time contract for the 2021 season.

An impact player when she came off the bench, Gooden shot 78 goals for Adelaide in 2021 and finished fourth in the league for Super Shots with 33.

In the opening round against the Giants, Gooden played 37 minutes and shot 15 goals. This form continued into Round 2 where she played 50 minutes, shooting at 76 per cent and scoring six Super Shots.

Gooden’s long range shooting ability was utilised by Thunderbirds coach Tania Obst across her two years at the club. Her talent was noticeably important to the team’s game plan in the Power 5 each quarter.

Thunderbirds High Performance Manager Pitre Bourdon thanked Gooden for her contribution to the club over the past two seasons.

“Sam brought great professionalism and maturity to our side over the past two years and is a well-respected player and person at this club,” Bourdon said.

“We thank her for everything she has done for the Thunderbirds – both on and off the court – and wish her the very best for the future.”

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Gooden said she was extremely proud of her time in Adelaide – on and off the court. 

“I am so fortunate to have played alongside incredible teammates and formed lifelong friendships,” Gooden said.

“Thank you to the entire Netball SA community for taking me in and making Adelaide my home for the past two years”.

The Adelaide Thunderbirds announced on Wednesday that South African defender Shadine van der Merwe will depart after three seasons in South Australia.

In positive signing news for the Thunderbirds, local talent Georgie Horjus has agreed to a two year deal that will see her at the club until the end of 2023.

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