Australian Diamond and Giant Netball shooter Susan Pettitt has announced her retirement from both domestic and international netball at the end of 2018.
She has played 71 games for the Diamonds and a total of 17 seasons on national league netball with 226 appearances.
Pettitt is one of the most experienced players in the league and sits at the top of the domestic ladder as the most capped current player in Super Netball.
In addition, she has been part of three Commonwealth Games silver medals with the Diamonds and the 2007 World Championships.
She fought her way back into the 2018 Commonwealth Games squad, after heartbreakingly missing out on the chance to win gold with the Diamonds in 2014 after being dropped from the team.
“I'm so blessed to be able to do all those things and to travel the world and meet some amazing people and teammates who are lifelong friends now," Pettitt said.
“I would never have dreamed that back in 2002 when I made my debut that I would be at this point and talking about this.
"I'm over the moon to be part of so many games and very lucky not to have any time out of the game.
“I'm looking forward to the next four rounds leading to the finals and hopefully making it a few more games to add to the tally,” she said.
Pettitt was part of the Giants Netball inaugural Super Netball season and went all the way to the grand final.
So when she departs at the end of the season, she will be sorely missed by the group.
“We will deeply miss having her on the GIANTS team, but she will always remain a part of our GIANTS family and we wish her every success as she embarks on her new adventures,” GIANTS Netball Head Coach Julie Fitzgerald said.
It wasn’t an easy decision for Pettitt, but it was one that had been a while in the making and took quite a bit of careful consideration.
“For me to fight my way back into the Diamonds and to play a Commonwealth Games at home – and my third Commonwealth Games – is extremely special and I think that was probably my moment where I went ‘it can't get much better than this and I'm going to call it at the end of 2018’," she said.