Thunder 52 vs Aussie Diamonds 58
The first quarter was frantic and fast-paced, with Thunder staying with the Aussies and marking them tight.t was an even battle in the middle of the court, with Diamonds centre Kim Green developing a physical battle with Thunder's Rachel Henry.
Seven minutes in and the Aussies had stretched a three-goal lead but Thunder kept on plugging, forcing some vital intercepts, notably from wing defence Gabi Simpson. CLICK HERE for the full Match Report
Thunder sign Australian Star Chelsea Pitman
Pitman, 26, has penned a one-year contract with the reigning Superleague champions to become their overseas player for the 2015 season.
The versatile player, who can play at goal attack, centre and wing attack, last played for West Coast Fever in the ANZ Championship in Australasia. She is in the midst of a year-long break from netball to pursue her other love – boxing.
Sydney-born Pitman played her final ANZ game in the Fever’s 51-44 win over Central Pulse in June.
The player, who stands at 5’11 ½” (181cm), joins her New Zealand rugby star boyfriend Kevin Locke in the UK, following his move to Super League side Salford Red Devils.
Full-back Locke, 25, signed for the rugby league side as their marquee overseas player in May on a three-year contract from the New Zealand Warriors.
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