2024 Vitality Netball Nations Cup – Eng / Aus / NZ / Uga (Jan)

2024 Vitality Netball Nations Cup – Eng / Aus / NZ / Uga (Jan)2023-11-16T18:49:51+10:00
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  • Andrew Kennedy
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      Koenen is having no trouble creating space against Jury, really great vision (for us, not for Gary) of haw she fends the Kiwis off. Burger does get the better of Austin on average.

      Aus defenders are watching the ball and not making decisive moves at the moment, it’s enabled a spark from Heffernan and Souness to keep growing. 38-35.

      silverferns1
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        what game is this women umpire watching?

        Andrew Kennedy
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          Wow okay so Garbin came on at GS and very quickly Karaka comes on at GK (Jury off). Karaka is captain (Ekenasio isn’t here), this is all…. errrmm interesting to not start your captain on the court. And Dwyer is there too.

          Oh dear, messy from Australia (Dwyer somehow lost it when maybe trying to go too fast) and then error from NZ in return (Souness offside). Barely getting steady from Aus. Maybe the NZ run is O V A H?… never write them off.

          44-39

          Avatar photoIan Harkin
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            3/4 time: AUS 44-39

            Garbin 3/3 (100%)
            Dwyer 2/2 (100%)

            Nweke 32/32 (100%)
            Heffernan 7/9 (78%)

            So many changes in that Q, it was hard to keep up. The Ferns challenged strongly and narrowed the gap with a late goal that may not have counted in 2023.

            Andrew Kennedy
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              Since Aus new shooters came on they are 12/12. They’re calm and settled now, I wonder whether the issue in the middle of the third quarter was NZ defence hardening up or Aus just getting a bit mentally tired??

              Spectacularly athletic play by Gordon, taking possession on the fly only with left hand and getting it to MRB. I think what NZ midcourt could do more is attack the ball rather than just denying circle edge position.

              Wow, what a strange (bad? wrong!) call by Gary, Nweke DEFINITELY should’ve kept possession as she landed on Bruce (not dangerous or nasty in any way) but Nweke was out of play allegedly for causing! I suppose his interpretation was that she chose to jump in (onto Bruce), but I think she had to in order to catch it. Oh well. 55-45 with 6 mins left.

              Andrew Kennedy
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                Is it my imagination or do none of these shooters have pretty shots? The Aussies in particular use a much faster and firmer (ie not relaxed and floppy) wrist flick, who on earth started this trend? Not Sharelle, that’s for sure! But I suppose Prats had a bit of a pokey shot. Hmmm…

                Price at WD has been brilliant. All the Aussies have won their positions, although at times the NZ attack seem to have even things up. 61-48 to Aus, 2 mins to go, I’m gonna say… Watson for MVP. Really in no way obvious, I guess it has to be Watson or Bruce, but Price was also consistent.

                tina_138
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                  Excellent to see Dwyer get longer than 5 minutes against NZ. Her shooting was a lot more confident than Austin

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                    Full Time: AUS 63-50

                    The Diamonds come away with a convincing win in the end. The Silver Ferns were more than competitive for the first three quarters, but a poor last Q saw the margin blow out. Even so, there were some encouraging signs for them.

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                      POTM is Liz Watson. Just a lazy 24 goal assists and 44 feeds from her today.

                      Andrew Kennedy
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                        Stacey says – a real team effort, intensity kept up throughout the game, good to run it home. Important to recognise the swings of momentum, and to ride the wave and the grind and not feel like means there’s trouble.

                        Commentators all agreeing the Bruce could also have been MVP. They discuss that the changes of GD aren’t about the GA, they’re more about the type of double-teaming on a tall shooter, which I personally think it more noticeable from NZ since their default is a zone and players always switch.

                        Aunty Noels – in third quarter she was happy with the fight, overall not too bad! Need to not turn it over, and to work on fitness. Wants defence to interrupt the possession-style play of Aus

                        Andrew Kennedy
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                          I’m really happy with Latu (Tuivati), Greenway as commentators, great stuff, and Usoro-Brown is good but maybe could slow down a bit!

                          They’re now praising the Heffernan twins for being the only sisters ever to play for NZ at the same time. They think NZ will beat Uganda but they’re not 100% sure. Interesting to call it at all having not seen Uganda.

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                              cookiesnjam
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                                So happy that Quashie has gotten the start! Hopefully she and Fran can combine well like they have before and the Roses can finally settle with a defence end:) However, once again Jess Thirlby’s squad choices leave me full of questions. Why can’t she just start Carter at C and Allison at WD? That worked so well for them against South Africa and that would allow them to play at arguably their strongest positions. Also noticed that there is no Glasgow in the squad… leaving only 3 shooters. Not sure why you would need Rattu, Carter and Allison who can all cover the C/WD.

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                                  After a fast paced opening quarter, England leads 18-15 with Cardwell on 14/14

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