IheartdiamondsParticipantOctober 16, 2019 at 10:29 pmPost count: 8
Thought Hadley was shocking in both games. She is sitting behind her player not driving to the ball. Playing out wide wanting a cross court pass which Watson didn’t want to pass, cos that’s what NZ want!
I like Cbass, but this has not been a great year for her. She kinda needs to get out of the way for Tippett. Tippet owning the circle.
As much as I don’t really rate JLP, I think we need to see Braz, JLP and Watson together. Very defensive midcourt and puts Liz back in at WA. I don’t mind Sherian and Watson.
Defence on fire!! I don’t think Bruce enjoyed sitting on the bench – she had a blinder. I too would prefer to see Klau at GK with Bruce GD. But its a similar problem with Watson playing C, WA. I though both defensive combos went well tonight.
Didn’t mind Tegan’s game tonight. However, I think the feeders need to recognise the change in game play when she is on and adapt quicker to her style. Watson didn’t want to give her the front ball, yet in Vixens, she had no problem giving her the front pass.
Overall, the game was horrible to watch with so many turnovers and basic mistakes. Diamonds need to clean up their game. They won’t win in Aus, if they continue to throw the ball away. Lucky ferns shooting was down in this game.IheartdiamondsParticipantOctober 16, 2019 at 10:30 pmPost count: 8
Hadley needs to be the 13th player on Sunday and Thwaites should be given the opportunity to start with Tippett or Tegs.CarrolParticipantOctober 16, 2019 at 11:21 pmPost count: 3
Agree with this. That centre court sounds good.
I like Paige but she’s been a bit absent and hesitant. Someone commented she takes a while to form combinations and trust. Perhaps this is the because because she is a sensible passer where as last night there was lots of crazy passes.
I am a Thwaites fan but have to admit there have been big games she hasn’t performed however Bassett is weak and not at her best.
I saw a constellation cup match last year with Thwaites and Tippet. They combined beautifully and Australia won. Cannot figure LA decision making but she is the coachNettySuperFanParticipantOctober 17, 2019 at 12:01 amPost count: 48
I’m glad Bruce was given the start this game, I’ve consistently been calling her the best GK for Australia despite Klau’s obvious improvement so I’m glad she was able to go out and prove that. I enjoyed the Bruce/Klau combo, and wouldn’t mind seeing them switch positions, but I reckon Bruce in GK is the better option. With Klau out the front, it applies so much pressure (whether or not Klau getting that much ball) which allows Bruce to get a hand to everything, I don’t know whether it would produce the same amount of turnover ball the other way around though.
I thought Brazill had a much better game this time. I was one of the few people that was sceptical about whether Brazill would fit into the Diamonds, and after the first game, I wasn’t really swayed from that thinking, but in this game she did much better and made life really difficult for Saunders particularly.
Tippett had a great game, and her connection with CBass is growing, but still looks very clunky. I’m glad Philip had a good game, as she has struggled previously at the international stage. Her combo with CBass was good, and her combo with Tippett was great. I hope we can see some more of the Tippett/Philip combo as well as utilising the Vixens front end combo with maybe JLP or Hadley in C and Weston in WD (with the talls at the back).IheartdiamondsParticipantOctober 17, 2019 at 12:38 amPost count: 8
I really enjoy listening to Noels and LauraIan HarkinModeratorOctober 17, 2019 at 3:41 amPost count: 1275BallerParticipantOctober 17, 2019 at 3:56 amPost count: 33
I think NT summed up the Constellation Cup in her comments nicely. For NZ, it isn’t so much about the cup but more the evolution of the team. It is exciting to see players like Burger and Souness getting substantial court time. Is Souness travelling to Aus?
Congratulations the Diamonds – excellent defensive pressure in particular. I really respect LA for developing combinations and giving most of the team court time. It was my first international live netball game, despite the loss, the talent on display was spectacular.MaryannParticipantOctober 17, 2019 at 5:52 amPost count: 94
Souness should be heading to Australia. Maia Wilson is also in the squad for the next two games – I am wondering if one of the other shooters is not available.Ian HarkinModeratorOctober 17, 2019 at 9:25 amPost count: 1275BluebirdParticipantOctober 17, 2019 at 12:31 pmPost count: 32
I would have liked to see Tippet at GS with Phillip at GA. I thought Philip played well, but was better at GA. Tippet at GS woukd be phenomenal. Her footwork and catching skills are far better than Bassett. I’m surprised Thwaites was benched given her connection with Phillip.
Ferns, shorting circle is still a problem. Either no one there (is this why players stop looking in?) or constant passing out. I like Mes, but Where’s that Fast5 confidence gone? I actually think she’s less accurate the closer she is but she still don’t shoot from range. It’s annoying.nanatorParticipantOctober 17, 2019 at 1:38 pmPost count: 4
Ferns really need to learn how to play around Bruce and exploit her weaknesses. Must say, Bruce and Weston are a one of the most niggly and tight markings around in world netball. The Silver Ferns are playing a more slower game which I wonder if is playing into the hands of these two. It would be good if they had a strong holding GS to change up the attacking circle. Hope Wilson gets a run, but in the past she’s been bulldozed by Bruce too.
Sounness was great in her stint at WA, and really provided something different. Burger also was a standout given her inexperience. But her and Watson are a combination to watch for.
I’m anticipating the return of Miss F and hopefully seeing Watson pushed to GD. That’s going to be a delightful international combo to look out for.
Very surprising to see all those changes for Australia, particularly in the attacking third. Lisa A went into the series saying she was only going to play the best 7 and wouldn’t just rotate players to give everyone a go and here we go. I reckon this is going to be very handy for the diamonds going into the future. Having the ability to mix things up and still be able to win a game is excellent. Tippet is a monstrosity. Have always been a fan and as a Kiwi support I’m a tad bit scare of her athletic prowess. I think she is one of the most strongest, toughest and athletic netball players to grace the courts. Burger has strength but lacks height. Karaka has potential but would like her to muscle up a bit more to match Tippett.
Oh boy, Sunday is going to be exciting. I would still start Maria, Eke, Crampton (or Sounness) if all available
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