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|Full name||Natalie Bode (née von Bertouch)|
16 December 1982 |
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Relatives||Laura von Bertouch (sister)|
|Playing position(s): C, WA, WD|
|Last updated: 20 October 2010|
Natalie Bode (née von Bertouch; born 16 December 1982 in Adelaide, Australia) is a former Australian netball player, and captain from 2010–2013. She was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder. Bode was a member of the Australian national netball team, and the Adelaide Thunderbirds in the ANZ Championship. Bode is a centre court player: she plays predominantly in the centre position.
Bode made her international debut for Australia in 2004. In November 2007, Bode played an important role in Australia's World Championship victory. Over the past two years she won numerous awards as player of the match in international fixtures, and was rated by many fans as the best centre in the world. At 25 years of age, Bode was touted as future leadership material for the Australian team. On 1 July 2008, she was named the new vice-captain of the Australian netball team alongside captain Sharelle McMahon.
In 2010 as Co-Captain on the Adelaide Thunderbirds along with Mo'onia Gerrard Bode lead her side to an ANZ Championship title with victory over the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic. On 9 August 2010, Bode played her 50th international for the Diamonds against Jamaica as acting captain, with Sharelle McMahon unable to play due to injury. Later that year Bode won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. In early 2011 Bode replaced long standing Australian captain Sharelle McMahon after McMahon suffered a rupture of the Achilles tendon, Bode went on to lead the Australian team to a gold medal at the 2011 World Netball Championships with a one goal victory over New Zealand, 58–57 in extra time.
In 2013 she once again lead the Adelaide Thunderbirds to an ANZ Championship title, and then retired from domestic and international netball, as the only ANZ Championship captain with two premierships.
- Player of the Match, deciding game of the Trans-Tasman series 2006
- Player of the Series – Holden test series, July 2007
- Margaret Pewtress Team of the Year 2005, 2006, 2007 (Centre position)
- South Australia awards: Tanya Denver Medal and Advertiser Player of the Year 2005
- ANZ Championship Player of the year 2009 (21 votes and countback)
- Liz Ellis Diamond Award 2010
She was selected as one of the entrants to the Who's Who in Australia 2012 edition.
Natalie Bode has an older sister, Laura von Bertouch, who formerly played with the Adelaide Thunderbirds and has been a member of the Australian national team. Natalie credits her sister Laura and her father Terry von Bertouch, a former Australian rules football player in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), as the most influential people in her netball career.
- 2008 Adelaide Thunderbirds profile. Retrieved on 2009-03-29.
- 2008 Netball Australia profile. Retrieved on 2009-03-29.