Pacey and dynamic, former Australian U21 player Kaitlyn Bryce is the ultimate attacking all-rounder, with the ability to cover centre, wing attack and goal attack. Taking home back-to-back NSW State League Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015, Bryce made her ANZ Championship debut with the NSW Swifts in 2016.
Leana de Bruin
Leana de Bruin has showed no signs of slowing down since retiring from international netball last year as she continued to dominate domestically, finishing in the top ten for rebounds (19) and deflections (56) in this year’s ANZ Premiership, and was named MVP of the Northern Stars. A highly decorated international player, she is a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist (2006 and 2010) and is one of only seven players to have competed at five Netball World Cups, winning in 2003.
Hailing from Moonta Bay on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, Sasha Glasgow had a break-out year in 2017 as she progressed from a Thunderbirds training partner to a spot in the starting seven. Named by Australian coach Lisa Alexander as one of the most exciting emerging players in the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball season, Sasha made an instant impression with her athleticism and confidence to turn to the post.
Powerful emerging shooter Abigail Latu-Meafou was a member of the 2017 Queensland Firebirds side, showing her capabilities when she made a stunning debut against the Adelaide Thunderbirds at Titanium Arena this season, scoring 28 goals and pulling in four rebounds. She was a late addition to the New Zealand-based Northern Mystics squad in the 2016 ANZ Championship season, where she partnered with fellow Thunderbirds recruit, Cathrine Tuivaiti.
With her trademark flair and athleticism, Bongiwe Msomi has had a successful season with Wasps Netball in the 2017 UK Vitality Netball Superleague, where her teamtook out the 2017 title and she was named MVP of the Final. Msomi has taken her game to a new level since playing under South African coach and former Australian Diamonds’ coach Norma Plummer, who encouraged Adelaide Thunderbirds’ Head Coach Dan Ryan to consider the dynamic midcourter.
One of the most promising mid-court players in Australia, fearless mid-courter Hannah Petty will be looking to make an impact after two injury-interrupted season with the Adelaide Thunderbirds. Originally from Wudinna on the Eyre Peninsula, Petty can cover all three mid-court positions and was recently named captain of the Australian U21 team to contest in the Netball World Youth Cup.
English International and former Australian Diamond Chelsea joined the Adelaide Thunderbirds for the inaugural season of the Suncorp Super Netball League and has been the club’s most consistent performer across the season, awarded the 2017 Club Champion. She finished the season ranked third in the league for goal assists, with 182 to her name and controlled the Adelaide Thunderbirds' attack line with sharp ball movement and strong drives.
One of Australia’s most exciting young players, Kate Shimmin started her career at the Adelaide Thunderbirds as a teenager in 2011 before moving to the Queensland Firebirds last season. After being a regular fixture in Australia’s Fast5 side for the last few years, she travelled with the Australian Diamonds to South Africa and England as a training partner for the 2017 Netball Quad Series.
Themann had a break out year in her debut season of the Suncorp Super Netball League in 2017. After captaining the Fury to back-to-back ANL titles, Fiona was one of our most consistent players, impressing all with her tenacious, dynamic style . Thanks to her Scottish father, Themann has representing Scotland in over 20 Tests, including the 2015 Netball World Cup.
Dynamic former Samoan and New Zealand international Cathrine Tuivaiti has rediscovered her best form this year playing for the ANZ Premiership finalist, Central Pulse, finishing the season with the highest shooting percentage in the league at 95% and ranked third for goals scored. A fierce competitor, Tuivaiti will add firepower to the Thunderbirds’ attack and a strong target under the post.
2018 team to be announced soon!