The target shooter joins the reigning Superleague champions for the 2023 season after the departures of Joyce Mvula and Eleanor Cardwell; the Vitality Netball Superleague signing window will be open until October 14; All teams will have 12 registered players and up to three training partners
Last updated: 11:50 am 12/08/22
Lenize Potgieter has joined the Manchester Thunder for the 2023 season, swapping Australia’s Super Netball Suncorp for the Vitality Netball Superleague.
The Thunder will be the defending champions after an undefeated title-winning season in 2022, but have announced that four top players have left the team, including two ADCs.
Joyce Mvula, Eleanor Cardwell, Laura Malcolm and Caroline O’Hanlon have all left the skins, but the arrivals of Potgieter and Taylor McKevitt mark an impressive start to the Thunder’s 2023 recruitment.
McKevitt returns to her former team and will also undergo out-of-court duties, helping run the club’s ‘camp and senior classes’.
Potgieter, who has 81 caps for South Africa, played in the Vitality Netball Superleague before attending Team Bath in 2016.
After that, the South African international had time to play at New Zealand’s ANZ Premiership before moving to Australia’s Suncorp Super Netball (SSN).
“Playing in the SSN with some of the best defenders in the world has really improved my performance in the net, as well as taught me lessons along the way,” Potgieter said.
“The things I’ve heard and seen from the Manchester Thunder franchise have been incredible. I’m really excited to be playing alongside some of the great players, getting to know the fans and also getting back to traditional netball. normal system [without Super Shot].
“I think what I bring to the team is my unorthodox style of play, and also my fast shooting action,” she added. “I’m really looking forward to ordering the black and gold dress for the 2023 season.”
Potgieter is currently undergoing rehab following knee surgery in late July and has previously talked about mental health challenges she has faced throughout her career. She took a break from the sport for six months to focus on recovering her health.
Vitality Netball Superleague Registration Window
The Vitality Netball Superleague signing window opened on August 8 and will remain open until October 14, when the clubs are expected to reveal their full lineups.
Clubs can have a total squad of up to 15 players, including 12 registered players and up to three training partners, with a match day squad set to a maximum of 12 players.
After the end of the 2022 season, teams are allowed to start approaching players from other clubs who are currently out of contracts. They were able to enter into negotiations with their existing contract players before the season ended.
Each team is allowed to register two non-UK players, but they cannot compete in the same area of the field at the same time.
The first movements for 2023
Following the end of the 2022 season, a number of player coaching and movement/retirement announcements were shared.
Kim Borger and Rachel Shaw both have announced their retirement from elite netball and have therefore left Team Bath Netball. The franchise also approaches the new season with a new head coach, Asha Francis after the passing of Anna Stembridge.
Severn Stars’ Katie Harris has left the net ball, Liana Leota also left Stars to take on the position of director of netball of Leeds Rhinos Cat Tuivaitiwho became the head coach of Wasps.
Former head coach of the stars Melissa Bessel returned to New Zealand for family reasons, with the former Superleague player Jo Trip step into that role.
Kadeen Corbin, Chloe Essam, Georgia Lees and Gabby Marshall all have left Saracens Mavericks and appointed team Camilla Buchanan as their new head coach and Tamsin Greenway as the head of strategic performance.
Captain of the Strathclyde Sirens Gia Abernethy made the decision to retire from elite netball.