Borrego approved to join Adelaide Thunderbirds

2014 Round 11 ANZ Championship game Thunderbirds v FirebirdsThe Trans Tasman Netball League, operator of the ANZ Championship, wishes to advise that Carla Borrego has been approved as a permanent replacement player for the Adelaide Thunderbirds for the 2015 ANZ Championship season.

In accordance with the ANZ Championship competition rules, Netball Australia has confirmed Borrego’s eligibility after the shooter was naturalised at an Australian citizenship ceremony in Adelaide on Friday.

“Following a review of the documentation provided by Netball South Australia, Netball Australia has advised TTNL that Carla Borrego meets all eligibility criteria and therefore has been approved as a permanent replacement player for the Adelaide Thunderbirds,” ANZ Championship General Manager Andy Crook said.

The Jamaican-born 31-year-old has been cleared to join the Thunderbirds effective immediately after Netball South Australia terminated the contract of Georgie Virgo by mutual agreement.

“On behalf of Netball Australia we would like to congratulate Carla on gaining her Australian citizenship,” Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer said.

“The Board, while disappointed the inclusion comes at the expense of a promising young local player this year, is satisfied that Netball South Australia has complied with competition rules and by mutual agreement terminated the standard player contract of Georgie Virgo.”

Borrego, a two-time ANZ Championship premiership player (2010, 2013), has been the Thunderbirds’ designated import player since 2010 – scoring 2251 goals from 2614 attempts at 86 per cent accuracy – seventh in the league’s all-time shooting leaders.

England international Eboni Beckford-Chambers, who joined the Thunderbirds from the West Coast Fever during the off-season, will fulfil the team’s import player in 2015.

The 2015 ANZ Championship begins on Saturday 28 February when the Adelaide Thunderbirds host the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic at Netball SA Stadium.