Sasha Glasgow will return to the Adelaide Thunderbirds match day 10 replacing Charlee Hodges who has been ruled out after sustaining a concussion in Round 5.
It’s the only change the T-Birds have made heading into their Round 6 clash against NSW Swifts on Sunday 3 June in Sydney.
Glasgow, who had a break-out season in the SSN in 2017, returns to the T-Birds after recovering from an ankle injury that interrupted her pre-season.
Adelaide Thunderbirds Head Coach Dan Ryan said Glasgow has been training with the team but playing for Southern Force in the Deakin University Australian Netball League (ANL).
“Sasha missed the majority of pre-season to injury and leading into the SSN season she didn’t have a lot of netball under her belt. She has been regaining her confidence and form in the ANL,” he said.
“It’s a huge blow for us that Charlee is out, she was sensational against Lightning and has been getting better all the time, but this will be a great opportunity for Abigail and Sasha to step up and get some more exposure.”
Glasgow said she is excited to pull on the pink dress again after a lengthy rehab.
“It was a long pre-season and a long rehab, but all of that hard work has paid off now and being back on court is a dream come true,” she said.
Glasgow said rehab had been a physically and emotionally testing time, but on Sunday she will set aside her emotions.
“I’ll push my emotions to the side and my mindset will be all about the game, and the task that Dan has set for me and the team.”
Following a much-improved performance in Round 5 against the Lightning, Ryan said his team has continued to focus on defensive pressure and possession this week.
“We got really close last weekend, it was arguably our best performance by far and in every single quarter we had chances to win the quarter,” he said.
“We’ve continued to focus on pressure this week and having all players doing their part defensively. We know we’re getting closer, but we need to keep working really hard to get there.”
Early this week NSW Swifts captain Abbey McCulloch stated her team would be targeting eight points – not just the win.
“We know that every team thinks they can steal the eight points off us, but we know that every team should be worried about us. We’ve made some good progress and we are determined to keep moving forward.”
Adelaide Thunderbirds match day 10
Leana de Bruin (C)
Chelsea Pitman (VC)
The Adelaide Thunderbirds take on NSW Swifts on Sunday 3 June at Quay Centre. The game is live on Channel 9 and the Netball Live app from 12.30pm (ACST time).