Adelaide Thunderbirds captain Natalie von Bertouch announces her retirement

Australian Diamonds and Adelaide Thunderbirds captain Natalie von Bertouch has announced her immediate retirement from netball.

 

Simon Cross / News Limited

 

Australian Netball Diamonds and Adelaide Thunderbirds captain Natalie von Bertouch has announced her immediate retirement from the sport.

 

The news comes just three days after von Bertouch captained the Thunderbirds to their historic grand final win against the Queensland Firebirds.

 

The 30-year-old said she wanted to finish her netball career on a high.

 

“I’m announcing my retirement which I’m happy about, which you wouldn’t know from my tears, but I guess I just have decided that I’ve got very exciting things to come in my future and what a better way to go out than winning a grand final with these beautiful girls,” von Bertouch told a news conference.

 

Injuries have troubled the midcourter and finalised her decision to leave.

 

“I’ve made this decision because I could no longer contribute to the team in the way that I wanted after injuries have limited my court time,” von Bertouch said.

 

Von Bertouch had thought long and hard about her retirement and knew it was time to leave.

 

“I started thinking about it at the start of the season and throughout the season I had made my decision so no matter what happened in that game I knew it was going to be my last,” von Bertouch said.

 

Thunderbirds coach Jane Woodlands-Thompson said that she had a feeling about von Bertouch’s retirement, but kept it quiet.

 

“When people say the word Thunderbirds, one of the first thing that comes to mind is a vision of Nat von Bertouch,” Woodlands-Thompson said.

 

“I guess I was in denial, I didn’t want to discuss it with Nat, and when she told the girls it just feels like a piece of us is missing now.”

 

“She’s leaving as a national captain and a double premiership captain. It just doesn’t get any better and I applaud her for going out on her terms.”

 

“We’re that proud of her, she’s been a sensational captain, I’ve loved working with her, I’ll miss her terribly.”

 

Recently engaged, von Bertouch’s immediate future includes working, getting married, and travelling.

 

Written by Airlie Rehmann

 

This entry was posted in Netball and tagged , , , by Airlie Rehmann

About Airlie Rehmann

Airlie is a current student at the University of South Australia studying Journalism and Public relations. She has a passion for sports with a strong interest in the AFL and hopes to work in the media surrounding the sport, in the future. Airlie graduated from Golden Grove High School in 2009 and has since then completed two years of a Bachelor of Science at Adelaide University, before beginning her degree in Journalism. She is a current State League player for the Royal Adelaide Cougars Netball Club, whilst in the AFL Airlie is an avid supporter of the Adelaide Crows. Airlie joined the Fiasco Sports team prior to its launch, as Senior Netball Writer, but has since then jumped at the opportunity to join the AFL team also. TWITTER: @Airlie_Rehmann

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