Caitlin Bassett makes her decision

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  • Ian Harkin
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    Caitlin Bassett has officially signed with Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic for 2021 in the ANZ Premiership

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    Netballcrazy1
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    Wow. Not a rumour anymore or just a discussion, she’s really leaving. Good for her, I think Magic will be very strong and it’ll be great playing against NZ defenders

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    Wow! Didn’t think it could actually be true. It’ll be very interesting to see what the fallout from this move is – criticism of the SuperShot etc.

    Tully
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    I wish CBass all the best. It hasn’t been pretty to watch this year. Most of all I hope CBass is able to find enjoyment in the game and play with a smile.

    As for this being used as criticism of the super shot I hope not. For the record I am not a fan of the super shot however, as other teams have shown your GS doesn’t have to be a super shot gun. None of Aiken, Koenen and Fowler played with the tactic of focusing on super shots. Yes they shot them but their team’s game plans focussed on their strengths of their players such that they didn’t need to rely on the super shot like the Giants. Fever, Sunshine Coast and Fever all finished ahead of Giants on the ladder. I would also say it has not been a focus for Vixens and MJ. Yes she has shot them and can shoot from there but their primary game plan is to keep MJ under the post.

    To me it wasn’t the introduction of the super shot that lead to the demise of the Bassett – Giants relationship. Hopefully the easy path of pretending it was isn’t taken.

    If you look at the Giants players social media accounts over the season there appeared to be two distinct camps of players spending their time together. As much as small groups develop in all teams based on age, interests, personalities etc it seemed pronounced at Giants.

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    mcleod
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    Anna Harrison v CBass
    Jane Watson v CBass
    Kelly Jury v CBass

    3 times look forward to it.

    Ian Harkin
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    Giants just doesn’t look like a happy team. At all.

    I thought Bassett was a weird signing right from the start. I just couldn’t see her and Harten working well together. And they never really did. But surely Fitzgerald has to take much of the blame for how it’s turned out.

    enozlas
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    I’m admittedly not a fan of Bassett in the slightest however I do think a move to NZ may be very good for her as a player. Away from the limelight of being the best GS for AUS (albeit not this season) and the golden girl pedestal she’s sat on for a number of years now may reinvigorate her as a player. Similar to what it did for Ekenasio, Thwaites, JLP as a junior etc. They went to NZ and although JLP was very young so its hard to say, it’s safe to say Thwaites returned in better form than when she left and we all know how much of a gun Ekenasio turned in to… will be interesting to see how next year plays out.

    schmeetle
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    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/diamonds-captain-caitlin-bassett-quits-giants-saying-she-felt-undervalued/news-story/a36ea3065ad52b312bf1c9f63861fc9e

    Diamonds Captain quits Giants, saying she felt undervalued.

    Pretty damning words from Bassett in this interview – pretty much lays blame at Fitzgerald’s feet. Doesn’t blame the Super Shot: “This has nothing to do with the super shot,” Bassett said. “I wasn’t even allowed to be in the two point area. I was distinctly told that my role was to rebound.”

    Says it’s been very frustrating. Asked to play more with Austin, as a traditional GA that suits her (Bassett’s) game, but nah.

    Netballcrazy1
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    Wow, not surprised, I knew from the start there was a breakdown between Fitzgerald and Bassett and that she was being mistreated. Happy Bassett is being honest about it, i like that. But also like what made them think it’s okay to treat a player this way? What about her well-being after being told she was essentially just there to rebound if she got on court. Despicable.

    enozlas
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    Maybe an unpopular opinion but my interpretation of a lot of what she said was that she didn’t get it her way so she was out?

    “I came to the club, with the expectation that they wanted me to win a championship”
    “….who is more of a traditional goal attack which suits my style of play better”

    These are some very powerful words and also rather self-centred views. Netball is a team sport and it is about what is better for the team as a whole, not what suits her individual style of play. It is also heavily proven that players don’t win championships, teams do.

    If you compare these words to those of Caitlin Thwaites when she reflects back on her time as a second-string goalie…
    “Part of my role for the team is to push and put pressure on our number one shooter, so they have to lift their game. If they have to go to training and work harder, because I’m nipping at their heels and I’m also working harder, the team is better as a result and that is very positive.”

    Chalk and cheese!

    JR
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    Maybe enozlas, interesting interpretation. Thwaites’ comments were incredibly gracious. But the Lightning won two Grand Finals with Bassett. Re your comment “what is better for the team as a whole” ….yeah well Giants are doing great, and I think that they won when Bassett was on the court this year.

    And Giants haven’t even made the Finals the last two years. Something is rotten in the state of Giants. Not sure what it is, but with some boof-head players and the odd coaching decisions on the front line (and hot and cold performances there), I am not a fan.

    mcleod
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    Giants have issues, main one is the coach.
    Watching the inept shooting in some of the games, Austin and Harten floundering at 60-70%.
    While the best GS in Aus Netball sits and watches the crap on court.
    Julie F should be given the boot for her display of garbage coaching.

    NettySuperFan
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    To be fair to Bassett though, Giants performed MUCH better when she way on court, and the stats well and truely back that up. So her being on the court was what was best for the team, and yet she still didn’t get on. That’s when you know its time to get out because the coach isn’t playing people on performances and there are some other issues in the background. Sure you don’t want to be self-centred, but you also have to know your own value. And Bassett knows she’s at least worth some time on court during the game.

    enozlas
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    She’s definitely worth value I won’t disagree with that at all and definitely should be on court. I guess I was just looking at it from a different angle… I think this is a classic case of two sides to a story and I don’t think either party are particularly more guilty than the other.
    Julie F has definitely made some questionable and poor coaching decisions as well. I think it was all just a recipe for disaster.

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