Pitman to take extended break from netball

2014 Round 10 ANZ Championship game Thunderbirds v FeverFormer Australian Diamond Chelsea Pitman has announced she is taking an extended break from the game to reassess her netball future.

Pitman will play for the West Coast Fever against the Central Pulse in Perth on Monday night, the Fever’s last game of the ANZ Championship season, and will then step away from the game for 12 months.

In a statement released by Netball WA, Pitman said: “I am looking forward to using this time to recharge and spend some time away from netball, which has been a big part of my life for a very long time now.”

“I’d like to thank Netball WA and all the Team for making my time in Western Australia enjoyable and wish them all the success for the future.”

Pitman, who turns 26 on June 8, played 15 Tests for Australia and was a member of the 2011 world championship-winning squad.

She reunited with the coach of that team, Norma Plummer, at Fever this season after playing for three years with the Queensland Firebirds that included being part of their historic 2011 ANZ Championship premiership side.

Monday night’s match will also be Plummer’s final game in charge of West Coast Fever after she’s announced her decision to step down from the role after three years in Perth.