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Teams // Thunderbirds - ANZ Championship 2008 


 Adelaide Thunderbirds

 

Major Partner: Port Adelaide Football Club
Home Stadium: ETSA Park, Adelaide
Colours: Teal, Silver, Black, White

Web: http://thunderbirds.anz-championship.com

The Adelaide Thunderbirds not only conceded the fewest goals in 2008 (45.07 per game), but was also one of only two teams with two players among the competition’s ten most accurate shooters. Natalie Medhurst was second with 90.3%, and Kate Beveridge, who also became the Thunderbirds’ fourth current Australian Open representative, ranked eighth with a figure of 85.7%. Together, they were the deadliest first-choice shooting partnership in the ANZ Championship, hitting 632 (88%) of their 718 attempts.

The formidable defensive pair of Geva Mentor (79 deflections) and Mo'onia Gerrard (56 deflections, 43 pick-ups, 38 intercepts) appeared on the 2008 ANZ Championship top 10 lists, while captain Natalie von Bertouch was second on the pick-up list with a total of forty-two. Gerrard was the Thunderbirds’ 2008 Club Champion, and Von Bertouch was the team’s 2008 Player of the Year.

Eighteen-year-old wing defence Georgia Beaton made a positive impression early on with her Round 3 match-saving intercept against the Melbourne Vixens and made steady progress after that. For 31-year-old Alex Clarke, who announced her retirement in August, 2008 marked the end of a distinguished netball career which included 24 caps for Australia, 113 CBT games and a Commonwealth Games gold medal.

The Thunderbirds’ ten wins from 15 games in 2008 were evenly split between Home and Away fixtures, and their closest matches were both one-goal victories away from Adelaide: v Vixens (Round 3) and Mystics (Round 11). Their biggest win was the 20-goal defeat of Tactix in Round 10, and their narrowest loss was the two-goal game against Magic in the Preliminary Final.
 BEATON, Emily  BEATON, Georgia
 BEVERIDGE, Kate  CLARKE, Alex
 EDWARDS, Mandy  GERRARD, Mo'onia
 HUGHES, Kristen  MEDHURST, Natalie
 MENTOR, Geva  REDDY, Bianca
 ROWLAND, Melissa  VON BERTOUCH, Natalie
 WINGARD, Sheree  


 ANZ CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: Thunderbirds
 SeasonPositionPlayedWonLostByesGoals ForGoals AgainstDifference%Points
 2009 108 95 13 114% 
 2008 14 652 577 75 113% 18 


 Thunderbirds Game History for this Season
       Round   Round Date   Opposition   Result
View Match Detail  Round 1 5/4/2008   »  Magic 42 to 46   -  
View Match Detail  Round 2 12/4/2008   »  Fever 54 to 41   +  
View Match Detail  Round 3 19/4/2008   »  Vixens 39 to 38   +  
View Match Detail  Round 4 26/4/2008   »  Steel 54 to 41   +  
View Match Detail  Round 5 3/5/2008       Bye    
View Match Detail  Round 6 10/5/2008   »  Fever 66 to 50   +  
View Match Detail  Round 7 17/5/2008   »  Vixens 46 to 52   -  
View Match Detail  Round 8 24/5/2008   »  Swifts 44 to 50   -  
View Match Detail  Round 9 31/5/2008   »  Firebirds 47 to 41   +  
View Match Detail  Round 10 7/6/2008   »  Tactix 61 to 41   +  
View Match Detail  Round 11 14/6/2008   »  Mystics 48 to 47   +  
View Match Detail  Round 12 21/6/2008   »  Swifts 41 to 51   -  
View Match Detail  Round 13 28/6/2008   »  Firebirds 66 to 47   +  
View Match Detail  Round 14 5/7/2008   »  Pulse 44 to 32   +  
View Match Detail  Finals 12/7/2008   »  Vixens 53 to 48   +  
View Match Detail  Finals 12/7/2008   »  Magic 49 to 51   -  


 Player Participation in games
  Player  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   F  Tot %
 BEATON, Emily  0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 7 44%
 BEATON, Georgia  1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 8 50%
 BEVERIDGE, Kate  0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 12 75%
 CLARKE, Alex  1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 12 75%
 EDWARDS, Mandy  0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 19%
 GERRARD, Mo'onia  1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 15 94%
 HUGHES, Kristen  1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 44%
 MEDHURST, Natalie  1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 15 94%
 MENTOR, Geva  1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 15 94%
 REDDY, Bianca  0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 13 81%
 ROWLAND, Melissa  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6%
 VON BERTOUCH, Natalie  1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 15 94%



 
 
 
 
 
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