Sterling aims high
N ational senior netball defender Shamera Sterling has set her sights on leading the Adelaide Thunderbirds to a top-four finish in this year’s Australian Suncorp Super Netball League.
The Thunderbirds have had a poor showing in the championships over the past two seasons, finishing eighth and seventh, respectively.
This year’s competition tipped off last Saturday after a four-month delay due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Sterling, who is in her first season with the Thunderbirds, told The Gleaner from her base in Australia, that she is very happy that the season has started and that she is looking to lead her team into the playoffs of the championships.
“My goals this season are to help the team get into the top four and stay injury-free,” said Sterling. “I have prepared myself like any normal athlete, taking training a day at a time and pushing beyond my limits.”
“The league has worked extremely hard behind closed doors to ensure that there is a league. It is not the best year for netball, but I am glad that it is back,” Sterling said.
She noted that like so many other athletes, coronavirus has affected her a great deal, especially being away in an overseas country.
“It is always difficult to be away from family with or without COVID-19, but this is a world crisis, and I am not the only one going through it,” Sterling said. “At the end of the day, I still need to do what I need to do because my friends and family are doing the same.”
Thunderbirds were beaten by the Jhaniele Fowler-led West Coast Fever 74-62 in their opening match of the season on Saturday.
Fowler did most of the damage with her 53 goals as the West Coast Fever pulled away in the fourth quarter for an easy victory.
Sterling added that it was difficult going against her national teammate, who she had to defend for most of the match.
“It’s always good to play against one of the best shooters in the game. It was not my best performance and not how the team wanted to start, but we just have to build going forward,” Sterling reasoned.