Thunderbirds sign league’s tallest player and ANL captain

The Adelaide Thunderbirds have finalised their 2017 team, signing Victorian Fury stars Jane Cook and Fiona Themann on two-year deals. Measuring in at 202cm, Cook will be the tallest player in the league and provide an almighty target in the Thunderbird’s goal circle.
Head Coach Dan Ryan is thrilled to add the 19-year-old to the shooting line up, alongside Erin Bell and Karyn Bailey.
“Jane is an exciting young talent ready to explode onto the scene and I am absolutely wrapped to have her on board.
“She has a lot of development ahead of her, but I can already see her being a genuine force in our shooting circle and a real game changer,” he said.
Ryan said he was committed to investing in the goal shooter’s development and believes she will be an unstoppable force under the ring.
“Her accuracy and volume through the ANL has been super impressive and with the calibre of athlete she will have around her at the Thunderbirds, this is the ideal environment for her to develop as an athlete,” he said.
The Victorian Fury premiership player and Albury Wodonga local said it was a big decision to move but the right one.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity and very grateful, being such a young player. I’m looking forward to developing and working alongside the rest of the team that Dan has formed,” she said.
Cook will be joined by teammate and captain, Fiona Themman, who is ready to take her netball to the next level in Adelaide.
“It’s been a little bit surreal. Now that’s it’s all official it’s very exciting. I can’t wait to start.
“Seeing the list of players Dan has put together for the first year of the NNL, I think it’s going to be a really exciting year,” she said.
The 26-year-old country Victorian has made a mark not only in her home state, but also internationally.
Following the passing of her Scottish father, the defender was inspired to fulfil a life-long dream to represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup.
After fulfilling her goal, Themann returned home in 2015 and dominated in the ANL, leading Victorian Fury to two premierships.
Ryan said the Victorian Fury captain was well overdue for an opportunity at this level.
“Fi has absolutely dominated the ANL for a number of years now and has been a major influence in the Victorian Fury’s success.”
“She’s actually a pretty seasoned campaigner and I’m sure she would have had a few ANZ Championship seasons under her belt already if she wasn’t classed as an import.”
Themann will join England Captain Agbeze and Jamican Captain Kelly in defence, which Ryan believes will be an athletic, unpredictable and dynamic combination to explore.
“I think she’s going to fit in here seamlessly. She’s a well drilled athlete with the winners’ mindset and I love how assertive and forthright she is as a defender
“She’s agile, aerial, hunts the ball well and definitely knows how to get in the heads of the shooters,” he said.
Following today’s signings, the Adelaide Thunderbirds have finalised their squad for 2017.
Adelaide Thunderbirds 2017
Erin Bell
Jade Clarke
Hannah Petty
Emily Burgess
Chelsea Locke
Karyn Bailey
Ama Agbeze
Malysha Kelly
Jane Cook
Fiona Themann