Ian HarkinModeratorOctober 29, 2019 at 4:51 amPost count: 1172Ian HarkinModeratorOctober 29, 2019 at 4:51 amPost count: 1172
It just seemed like a very simple solution. Make Yuliani the reserve umpire and go with the other 2 umpires who had been doing the earlier tests. That just seems obvious. Maybe they thought it was unfair that she flies here only to be a reserve, but personally I think it’s unfair that she flies here and has to play such an important role in the deciding test in front of 13,000 people!
minkieParticipantOctober 29, 2019 at 5:01 amPost count: 23
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I agree it didnt work
Regardless of whether is was Bailey/TP/Maia playing. I don’t agree with all the contacts called in a 5 minute spree.
The only thing I like about LA is she rotates ALL the players. We’ve put ALL of our eggs in one basket, Maria/Meels, and only won by 1 point. The other 3 shooters have had zilch game time so to expect them to jump running is alot. It was bound to go belly up, the umpire just speed it along.mcleodParticipantOctober 29, 2019 at 5:10 amPost count: 56
With regards to not starting Ekenasio, I am of the understanding she was not going to return for the last game. Meels flew home after the Sydney game, did not train at all with the team during the week, she arrived in Perth Saturday afternoon. 7.5hrs flight time from Auckland, plus the bit extra from Wellington, take into account the 5hr time difference, there is the reason right there, for not starting Meels
Yes Ekenasio played great in Christchurch and Sydney, but was terrible in Auckland. She wasn’t much chop when replacing Mes on Sunday, until after halftime, when Folau decided that she didn’t want to do all the shooting.
Also Langman and her 12 turn overs was a terrible performance for the captain. I would have sat her on the bench at halftime.
The umpiring was rubbish, the most frustrating thing, was how they can’t count to 3 properly.Ian HarkinModeratorOctober 29, 2019 at 5:47 amPost count: 1172
There were a few strange ones for NZ.
TPSR didn’t get a single minute, Souness came in as a replacement and seemed to go okay but then wasn’t used again, I thought maybe MSB could have had a bit of a run and then there’s the case of Maia Wilson who went to Australia as basically just a training partner?mcleodParticipantOctober 29, 2019 at 5:57 amPost count: 56
Yip TP has not played any minutes of the Ferns last 7 games. Souness should have stayed on for a clearly not 100% Crampton. MSB was a waste of a selection, didn’t need that many defenders.
Burger selected as a WD, plays GD (and very well). MSB picked as a WD never played at all.
Wilson was selected for the Aus leg, as Ekenasio wasn’t meant to return for game 4.TACTIXSUPPORTERParticipantOctober 29, 2019 at 6:04 amPost count: 48
It was a shame that SB and SRicket did not get on court but January is the start of the new cycle.
Souness SHOULD have stayed on.
Will be interesting to watch the Super club to see which players have increased their fitness levels to push for selectionLuvpavParticipantOctober 29, 2019 at 8:49 amPost count: 7
Having a ‘conversation’ on FB with someone who seriously thinks Gretel Tippett is stepping when doing the split as she catches the ball. What do you think?NettylifeParticipantOctober 29, 2019 at 9:22 amPost count: 16
I think her split is a beautiful thing! That’s a “no” from me re the stepping? What is their reasoning? She definitely seems to ground both feet at the same time to meLuvpavParticipantOctober 29, 2019 at 11:23 amPost count: 7
I completely agree with you. I think Gretel is an absolute star and will only get better.
I’m sure the poster is a NZ fan.HDavParticipantOctober 29, 2019 at 1:13 pmPost count: 2
Having a ‘conversation’ on FB with someone who seriously thinks Gretel Tippett is stepping when doing the split as she catches the ball. What do you think?
I saw one in the third test where I went “whoops, that’s a step” and it was called. Basically landed quite clearly one foot before the other and regrounded the first foot by stepping in and putting it down. If she’d left it on one leg, she would have been fine. I think she was unlucky a couple of times in the fourth test though.minkieParticipantOctober 29, 2019 at 11:00 pmPost count: 23JbssParticipantOctober 30, 2019 at 12:54 amPost count: 2
It was interesting that Taurua opted to go the way of a set starting seven alongside impact players. I suppose they wanted to finish the year off strong but I am glad that the Aussies opted to experiment a bit. Even in our losses when certain position changes or lack thereof were questioned at least it gave the coaches a chance to look at different combos and players in those situations. Australia’s 1 goal losses actually reminded me of when they beat NZ by 1 in pool play, Australia played to win and NZ experimented and sure enough came up with a winning formula the next game. My only gripe was that while a lot was said about Australia not having many domestic combinations, they actually could’ve had a strong lineup with a few key combos throughout. E.g. had Klau and Turner in together, Thwaites GS Watson WA and Brazill C, or if Basset were GS have JLP or Scherian in C etc.
The umpiring has been pretty mediocre for all four tests but the last game was so all over the place, there were times when it felt like Maria or Laura held on for five seconds and weren’t called and then it’s like the umpire realised and counted to two the next time they got the ball. Some really soft penalties were given to both teams and then some players could get away with murder at other times.HavingalookParticipantOctober 30, 2019 at 1:26 amPost count: 4
It is very interesting to remember not so long ago most people were furious Gretel was in the Aus team and didn’t deserve to be there.
Now, she is the main target in the Aus shooting circle, rarely misses and does a mountain of work for a GA.
Its like night and day her progress.
Great to seeIan HarkinModeratorOctober 30, 2019 at 5:38 amPost count: 1172
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