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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  • Avatar photoIan Harkin
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      1/2 time: ENG 34-30

      It was all happening there. Going up for a ball challenged by the Ugandan defence, Cardwell went flying into the post, the floor had to be repaired and Christine Nikitto was suspended for 2 min! Despite that Uganda closed the gap.

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        Uganda has drawn level in the 3rd Q!

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          3/4 time: ENG 46-45

          Cardwell 31/33 (94%)
          Neil 3/4 (75%)

          Cholhok 30/33 (91%)
          Eyaru 15/16 (94%)

          We could have a thriller on our hands. Just one goal the difference going into the last Q. Uganda won that 3rd Q 15-12. The stats are all pretty even.

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            ENG leads 50-47 early in the last Q.

            All 12 players have had a run for England today. Housby has come back on at GS with Neil at GA.

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              England comes away with a 62-56 win over a gallant Ugandan team that never gave up. Imogen Allison and Amy Carter both played well for England. Which one should play C? For Uganda, Margret Baagala did her normal thing and racked up 24 assists

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                Kwkiwi
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                  A pasting in all areas of the court for the Ferns. Ferns a step slow everywhere. Not through lack of enthusiasm or effort. No doubt due to the inferior competition in the nz league.

                  What was perplexing to me was how Heffernan was given a whole game by Taurua. Why? I thought Malesala was the third choice shooter.

                  Also why have they got Akle in? I thought they were training up Fuller, Bloxham or Delaney Hoshek to take over.

                  How come they took Ekenasio over but she didn’t play? Do nnz have too much money? I thought Ekenasio was taking a mental break from the game.

                  Anyway, another big loss like this and they definitely need to swap out the coach. Do they play oz again? I’m not talking about games against the roses whom the ferns can beat 90% of the time. If nnz don’t change coach after two more losses then I’m guessing it’s Taurus’s job for life.

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                      WeWood
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                        @Kwkiwi Ekenasio posted a story yesterday of running shuttles at a local (NZ) school, I don’t think she’s over in the UK with the team.

                        Intrigued re Heffernan for all of Taurua’s commentary when picking her touring side, she was adamant she wasn’t going to elevate Georgia for the sake of it… Haven’t found any quotes from her post game as to why Georgia/no Amorangi. Any insight??

                        We really seem to struggle to hit the ground running and new a few games to hit our straps.

                        Maryann
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                          @kwkiwi Ekenasio made herself unavailable – family reasons including building and moving as did Watson and TPSR.

                          Re Heffernan, unlike Diamonds the SF had no trainings prior to arriving in England as they were on summer break. So could be any reason, arriving three days before the game so potential jet lag, fitness. Who knows. Maybe her combo with Nweke is better. It was pretty obvious that with only 11 named a training partner was going to get to step up. Heffernan has played against the men’s side and mixed sides before so potentially is the more experienced.

                          TB
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                            Great commentary AK, love your work.

                            There is so much potential in that shooting combo of Nweke/Heffernan. A season playing with George Fisher (Steel), who has that similar holding game, will do wonders for her.
                            Souness needs to be at WA, MRB is not doing it for me.
                            The only change that needs to happen in this team, besides Eke coming back, Toeava needs to be in this team. They NEED a specialist WA.

                            I have never been the greatest fan of Crampton, but watching these games shows how important you need that specialist WA. Toeava is the next best. She needs to dam well hit those fitness targets, so she can be bloody available for selection.

                            If using Phoenix at GK was always apart of the plan, I would have had her in at GD first and then push her back to keeper. I feel they really missed her on attack, she’s a great ball carrier. She also has great height and elevation to be an easy option to turn to.

                            What frustrates me with NZ is that they drive hard, but once they get to their player they stop :scratch: When they drive through strongly, they lose their player and open the court up. The ball comes down a lot easier. I have no idea why they don’t do this more often :unsure:

                            Am looking forward to the growth of this attacking end. It’s exciting to watch.

                            caribou
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                              A very enjoyable pair of games to watch. The new rules were interesting, and apart from the new dangerous play penalty, had little impact on game play.

                              Re Heffernan at GA, perhaps this was one of the things Dame Noelene learned after the NZ v Aus practice match on Friday?

                              Kwkiwi
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                                It’s a shame they are just tinkering around the edges with the rules, mainly basketball rules. What they really need to do is introduce a long shot worth more than one point. Then at least we could have injected Malesala into the game and had a chance to close the gap.

                                I thought I heard the commentators say that Ekenasio was on the bench. I must have heard wrong.

                                Didn’t like Tuivaiti’s commentary. She was talking far to much and distracting from the game.

                                StatsNerd21
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                                  My thoughts on each team:

                                  Kiera Austin was off her game IMO, with some shocking misses (although she had good volume). The Austin/Koenen circle was very stagnant at times, while the Sophie squared always had a hold and a sweep to provide two options.

                                  As others have said, MRB just didn’t do it at WA for drives, and many of her defensive challenges were unnecessary. I thought Georgia Heffernan had a very promising debut and I was happy to see her putting shots up! Burger was solid in both attack and defence, likely why Austin struggled.

                                  I thought Hannah Joseph had one of the better games I’ve seen her play for the Roses with solid speed and feeds. Still not sure what the defensive end will look like- Williams needs to be there, but the others all have a solid case for a starting stop!

                                  I was super surprised and impressed by the Ugandan defence, especially Kadondi and her tenacity. I also loved watching Eyaru, especially her speed in the circle!

                                  Two riveting games and I’m excited for the rest of the series. I do think Aus will take it but that every side has the potential to get a win.

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