Super Netball’s biggest teaser has been asked to change his form inside out, and they’ve got the dangerous duo to do just that.

Adelaide Thunderbirds have been told to make the most of Super Netball’s best defensive duo to keep their final hopes alive.

The Thunderbirds haven’t made a final in Super Netball history, but it looked like that might change after winning their first two games of the season.

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But they have stuttered since then and struggled for consistency, taking their fans on a roller coaster of results – five losses, win, loss and a win.

The Thunderbirds have been powered by their star Jamaican defensive duo of Shamera Sterling at goalie and Latanya Wilson, who consistently intercept and provide plenty of the ball for their teammates.

In Adelaide’s Round 10 victory over the Queensland Firebirds, Sterling and Wilson combined nine wins, three steals, 17 deflections and two rebounds in shaking off the Firebirds’ Gretel Bueta and Donnell Wallam.

Former Diamonds captain Laura Geitz recently called Sterling “the best goalkeeper in the world” and her combination with fellow Jamaican Wilson looms as a huge threat to top-flight teams including Australia in the Commonwealth Games this year.

“I would be so nervous to get into Comm Games,” former Diamonds shooter Kim Green said on Fox Netball’s The center circle.

“That Jamaican connection between these two – any international goalscoring duo against it – it’s going to be quite difficult.”

The Thunderbirds are sixth on the ladder and just one win away from fourth place, but they must produce consistent performances if they have any chance of sneaking into the top four and securing a place in the Finals. .

“They’re showing signs that they’re the real deal and can get their hands up and potentially be in the Finals,” Green said.

Cath Cox said she was tired of the Thunderbirds teasing their fans and wanted to see them string together consistent performances.

“Thunderbirds need to get a win…because I’m so over the ups and downs this season,” she said.

“If they want to play well (and) be contenders, they need to back up their performances.

“The Thunderbirds, you know how they are. They get so many wins but the game (Round 9) against the Swifts, they had 40 turnovers, they didn’t even make it to their twenties in that game (against the Firebirds). Halving that in just three days has been phenomenal.

Green added: “And I wonder if Sterling sits down and says, ‘Come on ladies!

“How much more can we do at the back that you actually produce something up front for us. Let’s step it up.

Australian netball legend Caitlin Bassett thinks the Thunderbirds need to find a way to convert all the ball their defenders get into points on the board.

“That’s what we’ve seen over the years,” Bassett told this week.

“They show so much potential but when it comes to finishing, they just can’t get there.

“I would like to see a little more structure. In their midfield, they are quite unstructured. They often have players moving to the same area of ​​the pitch or they all have runs happening at the same time.

“I would love to see them start together and maybe work on each other, set up screens, have more clarity in the setup on the pitch because I feel like when they win the ball or when they get a turnover, it’s just chaos.

“Sometimes they have a lead and they can get it easily on the pitch, other times they struggle and they throw it away because they don’t have an option ready and waiting.

“I feel like they don’t expect to get interceptions and when that happens it’s a surprise and they get taken offside.”

The Thunderbirds take on the Collingwood Magpies on Sunday afternoon in what promises to be a must-watch game for both teams.

Round 11 Super Netball Games

Queensland Firebirds vs Sunshine Coast Lightning – Saturday 5:00 p.m. AEST

Melbourne Vixens vs NSW Swifts – Saturday 7:00 p.m. AEST

West Coast Fever vs Giants – Sunday 2:00 p.m. AEST

Collingwood Magpies v Adelaide Thunderbirds – Sunday 4:00 p.m. AEST

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