Chelsea Pitman reflects on 100 games

Adelaide Thunderbirds Vice Captain Chelsea Pitman played her 100th National League game yesterday in the match against Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Pitman, who has played 26 games in the pink dress, said her favourite Adelaide Thunderbirds memory is this season’s pre-season camp.

“It was the first time the 2018 playing group had come together. The vibe within the group and how we all got along was really exciting,” she said.

“I hadn’t been at a camp like that before when you instantly have such strong connections and I think that’s what has helped keep us united this year.”

National League games incorporate the defunct ANZ Championship and Suncorp Super Netball .

Pitman made her ANZ Championship debut in 2010 for New Zealand side the Canterbury Tactix and went onto represent Queensland Firebirds, West Coast Fever and Central Pulse until the Championship ceased at the end of 2016. Pitman joined the Adelaide Thunderbirds in 2017, in the inaugural season of Suncorp Super Netball.

“Winning the premiership in 2011 with the Firebirds was a whirlwind experience. It was a history making season for us, we were undefeated throughout and to go onto win the grand final is my favourite moment of this journey,” she said.

“Milestones aren’t something you aim for, but now I am here I sit back and reflect on what 100 games have meant to me and hope there are many more to come.”

Chelsea’s mum flew down from Sydney her the game. Also in the crowd, was her partner Harry.

“Harry and his daughter Mia have been my biggest supporters this year, and obviously Mum has been here from the start, so it was special to have them here.”

Chelsea Pitman

100 National League games

ANZ Championship – 74 games

Suncorp Super Netball – 26 games

Career highlights: 2011 ANZ Championship with Queensland Firebirds, 2017 Adelaide Thunderbirds MVP