Jamaica's Shamera Sterling signs with Adelaide Thunderbirds

By July 24, 2018
Shamera Sterling is the first signing of the Adelaide Thunderbirds in the Australian Super Netball league. Shamera Sterling is the first signing of the Adelaide Thunderbirds in the Australian Super Netball league.

Sunshine Girl Shamera Sterling has been signed by the Adelaide Thunderbirds for the 2019 Super Netball season.

Sterling was incoming coach Tania Obst’s first signing for the struggling club that has so far failed to win a game after 12 rounds of the current season.

The highly-rated defender comes in as the MVP of England’s Elite netball season while playing for the Loughborough Lightning in the 2018 Vitality Netball Superleague.

The 22-year-old Jamaican impressed with her agility and 101 interceptions from just 18 games during the season. She also had the most interceptions during the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Jamaica where Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls won the bronze medal.

An excited Sterling shared the news on her Twitter account saying, “The news I have been waiting for!!! I’ve signed with the Thunderbirds!!!”

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