Ian HarkinModeratorSeptember 5, 2020 at 5:02 pmPost count: 15861
Tippah Dwan’s game… 26 goals including 8/9 super shots, 14 assists, 1 intercept, 3 deflections, 37 centre pass receives and 2 pickups!AnonymousSeptember 5, 2020 at 5:06 pmPost count: 4
Everyone on court for the Firebirds today were excellent. Great team performance. Dwan was just fantastic – love her confidence to just turn and shoot, and the combination she and Aiken are developing should be worrying the other teams. Thought Dunkley had a superb game as well – very calm and relaxed, steady on the feed, and very few mistakes. Happy that she was able to show what she’s capable of.TACTIXSUPPORTERParticipantSeptember 5, 2020 at 5:19 pmPost count: 455
Wow, didn’t watch but good on Firebirds!
Dwan is a very good GA. But, what will she be like in traditional netball without super shots?JamesParticipantSeptember 5, 2020 at 6:23 pmPost count: 161
Firebirds have based the game around Tippet for a long time and haven’t had much success. It’s clear that when they base the game plan around Aiken and she is taking majority shots they start winningWaylayParticipantSeptember 5, 2020 at 6:42 pmPost count: 263
Briony Akle’s inability to pick a starting 7 and run with it is the major reason for the Swifts inconsistency and lack of form recently. No other coach (other than Rob Wright and look where the Pies are on the ladder) unnecessarily rotates their players like she does. Rotations are expected due to the condensed season but the Swifts take it to the next level. These elite athletes aren’t training at the moment, so 2 games a week really isn’t a massive increase compared to their usual load.JbssParticipantSeptember 5, 2020 at 6:56 pmPost count: 231
I agree to some extent waylay but also feel players like Klau couldve benefited from being better rested in the lead up to this game.
I wish Fraser would be used more, Haythornthwaite is having some second season blues and getting caught running laterally all the time.WaylayParticipantSeptember 5, 2020 at 7:09 pmPost count: 263
Yeah thats exactly right. They have players like Klau and Hadley that play full games week in week out, then everyone else comes on for 5 mins, off for 5 mins and then repeats which gives nobody anytime to work into the game or grow connections. They are surviving this season off last year’s connections because they sure as hell haven’t built any new ones.Ian HarkinModeratorSeptember 5, 2020 at 7:14 pmPost count: 15861
James, Romelda’s form in the past couple of years hasn’t been good. And she’s had injuries. So it was totally sensible to use Gretel more. Romelda this year is almost back to her best.Ian HarkinModeratorSeptember 5, 2020 at 7:15 pmPost count: 15861al_exParticipantSeptember 5, 2020 at 7:40 pmPost count: 1078
Bueta began to play more like a GS who’s wearing a GA bib the last few years. When she had poor accuracy and was just a third feeder, the relationship with Aiken worked well. But since she’s become an entire target of her own she is too dominant a player now for her and Aiken to both be at their most effective simultaneously. I know Bueta has played her entire career as a GA but as soon as she gets into the circle, she holds space and is the main target. That’s why I think that next year Dwan will still not have problems getting on court, because although we haven’t seen her play with Bueta, I have a feeling that both Aiken/Dwan and Bueta/Dwan are going to be better than Aiken/Bueta.
The Swifts need to let Proud and Hadley build their WA and C games. That was their dominant lineup before Proud’s ACL and I think they’re not only their best midcourters but their most in-form midcourters. They are also far better defensively than Haythornthwaite. They need to explore some more WD options as well, I’d like to see Turner there. I have no issue with resting players, but the way in which Akle does it just causes chaos. Let them play out quarters, then make changes with proper instruction at the break and leave the next line up out for a while. This bringing players on and off every 3 minutes just causes turnovers and miscommunications.aqua301ParticipantSeptember 6, 2020 at 3:16 amPost count: 63
If SSN go back to 10 people teams I wonder how the Firebirds will look?
Bueta, Dwan, Aiken
Jenner, Hinchliffe, Ellis
A midcourt of Mi Mi, Dunkley, Cassidy and Simpson provides the best diversity but will they (Jenke) let Gardiner go?TullyParticipantSeptember 6, 2020 at 7:05 amPost count: 1325
I wouldn’t let Gardner go. One of the best midcourters in the country. I’d be holding on to her tightly as she would have no problems getting picked up elsewhere.
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