The rule change certainly doesn’t help, but it feels like Bassett has been becoming less dominant for a while. Ever since that match against NZL in Invercargill where Jury was all over her and she was benched, she has become less consistent and less of a target. The best I have seen the Giants attack end flow was at last year’s pre-season competition with Harten/Austin/Green. Austin was having quite an average game until she moved back to GA and everything started to open up. Bassett signed a three-year contract but if Hay keeps improving her WA game (and Austin doesn’t) I’m not sure if she’ll really see much court time. Unless Harten leaves after this year of course.
Hopefully Jenner can keep this up. She has played well for parts of seasons in the past but has always started to give away too many penalties and lose her edge a bit. If she keeps playing like this surely she’ll make the Diamonds 12, they need a ball-winning GD. Mi Mi is another player who was excellent, she’s become so much safer with the balls over the years.