The Adelaide Thunderbirds have finalised their 2018 Suncorp Super Netball squad, signing Silver Fern Cathrine Tuivaiti and youngsters Sasha Glasgow and Abigail Latu-Meafou.
Dynamic former Samoan and New Zealand international Tuivaiti finished the season with the highest shooting percentage in the ANZ Premiership at 95% and ranked third for goals scored.
It is Tuivaiti’s ability to create play and move the ball with speed that has Dan Ryan excited about what she can bring to the team.
“I’ve always loved the passion and fire that Cat has brought to the game. She is one of the most crafty and cunning players going around and I think she’s going to be an absolute weapon for us in the goal circle,” said Ryan.
“She’s incredibly strong and easy to find on the hold, so explosive and deceptive on the move and deadly accurate on the shot. She’s got it all and I’m sure the Thunderbirds fans are going to love watching her play.”
Australian 21/U player Glasgow has progressed from a Thunderbirds training partner to a spot in 2018 squad.
Ryan is looking forward to seeing Glasgow take another leap forward in 2017.
“Sasha was one of the shining lights from last season. For someone so young and new to this level, she’s incredibly mature and grounded and has all the right attributes to be successful at the elite level,” said Ryan.
“She’s a pleasure to coach and I just love the way she goes about her business. She’s such a talent and a big part of our plans not only next season but well into the future.”
Latu-Meafou was a member of the 2017 Queensland Firebirds side and showed what she was capable of when she made a stunning debut against the Adelaide Thunderbirds at Titanium Arena this season, scoring 28 goals and pulling in four rebounds.
“Abi brings a whole new dimension to the shooting end. She’s very clever and can really play the role of the general out the front as well as attack the post with conviction inside the circle,” said Ryan.
“She’s left-handed, silky-skilled and very strong and robust, so I’m looking forward to seeing how she slots into our new-look attack line. She has a lot of untapped potential and I’m looking forward to working with her.”
Tuivaiti suffered a knee injury in her last game with Central Pulse during Friday night’s New Zealand Super Club competition. The Thunderbirds are awaiting results of a scan to determine the extent of the injury and will provide in due course.
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