Pettitt (left) in 2008
|Full name||Susan Leanne Pettitt (née Pratley)|
23 March 1984 |
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|School||Bega High School|
|University||University of Sydney|
|Playing position(s): GA, GS|
|Last updated: 7 November 2014|
Susan Leanne Pettitt (née Pratley on 23 March 1984) is an Australian international netball player, who plays goal attack or goal shooter. She has been a member of the Australian national team since 2006, replacing the likes of Eloise Southby-Halbish, Megan Dehn, and Cynna Kydd. Prior to this she was quite an experienced campaigner as captain of the Australian 21 and under team, and the national league team AIS Canberra Darters.
From 2003 to 2005 Pettitt was the cornerstone of Australia's development squads, with her notable leadership, composure, and shooting accuracy and reliable volume. Then in 2006 she joined the Sydney Swifts national league team to suddenly become a partner to shooting dynamo Catherine Cox, and with both Cox and Sharelle McMahon in the Australian team.
She has captained the Australian 21U Team and was Vice-Captain of the Australian 21U Team which competed in the World Youth Cup in Fort Lauderdale where they finished third. Pettitt captained the AIS Canberra Darters in 2004 and 2005 and finished her netball scholarship at the AIS at the end of 2005. She moved to Sydney in early 2006 and made her debut for Australia at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Four months later Susan was named player of the match after an outstanding performance against the Silver Ferns in Australia.
From the small country town of Quaama, 20 km from Bega on the far south coast of New South Wales, this Australian representative and world champion even has a grandstand in her name. “The Susan Pratley Stand” in Bega, stands proudly as testament to the south coast’s first netball world champion.
Pettitt was identified in her early teens by selectors and rose through the junior representative ranks with speed and poise including AIS and NSWIS scholarships.
Commonwealth Bank Trophy
Pettitt took the court for the Sydney Swifts during their premiership-winning Commonwealth Bank Trophy season, forming a partnership with fellow Australian representative Catherine Cox. Pettitt put her name in the history books after executing a perfect shooting performance during the Commonwealth Bank Trophy Grand Final match and shot 26 goals without a miss. She was also a member of the Swifts' premiership-winning team in 2007.
Pettitt currently plays for the New South Wales Swifts in the ANZ Championship. In 2015, Pettitt is entering her 8th season with the club. She is the most capped player for the New South Wales Swifts with 97 ANZ Championship caps and the only player to have taken part in all 97 New South Wales Swifts matches since the first ANZ Championship match against the Southern Steel in 2008.
Pettitt was a member of the inaugural ANZ Championship winners the New South Wales Swifts. In the Grand Final at Allphones Arena on 28 July 2008 the New South Wales Swifts defeated the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 65 – 56. Pettitt played GA, shooting 24 goals out of 30 attempts at 80%.
She is one of the five Australian netball players who is an ANZ ambassador. Pettitt has been the vice-captain of the New South Wales Swifts since 2012,
On 10 April 2010, Pettitt played her 100th senior game against the Central Pulse scoring 27/31. Pettitt played her 75th ANZ Championship game against the West Coast Fever in Round 5 of the 2013 season, and notched her 150th combined elite netball games in Round 13 of the same season against the Queensland Firebirds in Brisbane.
In 2007, Pettitt played in the 2007 World Netball Championships and played in either Goal Attack or Goal Shooter. In the grand final against the New Zealand national netball team, Pettitt was called to play in the second half replacing Sharelle McMahon, a surprise move by Norma Plummer to help improve on the team's accuracy. This went very well until Pettitt got a concussion which she was benched during the fourth quarter. Her contribution was enough for Australia to win the 2007 World Netball Championships. Pettitt was selected into the Diamonds squad in 2010 heading into the Commonwealth Games in India. She did not play in the Grand Final against the New Zealand national netball team. However, she did get court time against Samoa and shot 25/27 (93%), India and shot 39/42 (93%), Malawi and shot 36/39 (92%) and Trinidad and Tobago and shot 17/21 (81%). Pettitt did not get selected into the 2011 World Netball Championships Squad, a huge blow for her with the likes of Erin Bell with her versatility in GS, GA and WA making it in front of Susan Pettitt. In November 2011, Pettitt entered the Australian Fastnet Diamonds going into the 3rd Fastnet Series in Liverpool, England and was announced co-captain alongside Bianca Chatfield. In 2012, Pettitt regained her place in the Australian Diamonds team for the Constellation Cup Test Series against the New Zealand national netball team and the Quad Series against the New Zealand national netball team, England and the South Africa SPAR Proteas. Pettitt was also selected in the Australian Diamonds team to tour England in January 2013. Later in 2013, Pettitt was completely dropped from the Australian Diamonds not even being selected in the extended squad. After improving her fitness throughout 2014, Pettitt was again selected in the Australian Diamonds squad, but failed to make the final team.
ANZ Championship accolades
- 2014 FOXTEL ANZ Championship All-Star Team (GA)
- 2012 QBE NSW Swifts Most Valued Player
- 2012 ANZ Championship Most Valuable Player nominee
- 2009 NSW Swifts Members' Player of the Year
- 2014 Australian Diamonds Squad
- 2013 Australian Fast5 Flyers
- 2006–2010, 2012Australian Diamonds
- 2009 Australian FastNet team
Netball career facts
- 2014 NSW Swifts Leadership Group
- 2013 Australian Fast5 Flyers – Silver Medallists
- 2012–2013 NSW Swifts vice-captain
- 2010 Commonwealth Games Silver Medal (double extra-time)
- 2009 New Idea Australia’s Favourite Diamond
- 2008 ANZ Championship premiers
- 2006 Commonwealth Games Silver Medal
- 2007 World Netball Championships gold medal
- 2009 New South Wales profile. Retrieved on 28 March 2009.
- 2010 ANZ Championship profile. Retrieved on 20 October 2010.
- Pratley celebrates 100th game with a win. Retrieved on 16 April 2010.
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