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  • xpert11xpert11
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    Bassett playing in the ANZP presents her with the chance to gain court time and tap into a league employing the same rules as international netball. Also, an opportunity to gain “insider knowledge” around playing Kiwi sides is on offer.

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    OPINION – Aussie netball captain should stay on her side of the ‘Ditch’

    al_ex
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    It intrigues me how there seem to be quite a number of people in NZL that really hate the idea of international players using the professional teams there to develop and improve the quality of global netball. Of course I understand the argument that the Australian captain shouldn’t be able to play, but that article explicitly mentions Kumwenda as an example of a player that NNZ shouldn’t have developed instead of a local shooter. In what way has Kumwenda’s development been anything but good for world netball and women in Africa? It comes across as very selfish and entitled for me. Do people really want to go back to pre-2008 where International Netball was a snooze fest until the final when AUS and NZL would play?

    Jbss
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    Yep agree, I also think it undersell netball Victoria’s influence for Kumwenda too. Basset going over there would only help their defenders, shes already developed and its not like shes a young player who go on to play for the next 15 years. They didn’t stomp up and down about Poi or Folau or Langman or Cullen, Rore etc. Imports are good for leagues even SSN, its just about having the right imports in the league so for me players like Mentor, Sterling and Pretorius make the SSN so exciting to watch and massively strengthen it.

    englishrose21
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    Exactly, they aren’t losing anything having Caitlin playing there. The goalers would be lucky to have her experience.
    Isn’t it strange that they say there’s 3 fine shooters at magic? They finished bottom of the table and their shooting definitely was a problem. Realistically I don’t think C bass would play more then a year so a year on the bench for Kelsey McPhee would do her a lot of good and Williams too.
    Also ALM would improve so much playing with her.
    The way this article makes out that Fowler, Kumwenda, thwaites, Harten etc were nobodies when they were picked up by NZ teams is laughable. Yes they were developed in their league but they were a certain standard when they started? They benefitted the teams and the whole league too.

    Tully
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    Any suggestion that NNZ or the Tactix were primary developers of Kumwenda’s game is a joke. How did Kumwenda end up in this part of the world? Peninsula Waves. VNL to ANL then Tactix. And Tactix needed her! Kumwenda was never silent on the fact that it was her dream to play for the Vixens. Everyone knew she would return to Melbourne when an opportunity arose. Yes Tactix played a role but that role was small compared to NV (Peninsula Waves, Fury and Vixens).

    So it’s okay for NNZ athletes to play in SSN but not for Australians to play in NZ?

    al_ex
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    In my opinion, the four standout members of the Silver Ferns in the WNC final were Ekenasio, Folau, Langman and Taurua. How many of them have plied their trade in Australia?

    TB
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    That’s an unfair comment al_ex. Though I agree about Langman, Eke became the player she is from playing in NZ. Folau was already the player she was before going over the SSN.
    Plus our defence of Kopua, Watson and Rore were a huge standout too.

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    TheBroadbean
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    Ha! Not sure Ekanasio learnt a lot from Australia as I don’t think she ever got on court much.

    I think Amy Wild was the preferred GA.

    al_ex
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    Ekenasio clearly learnt enough in Australia to be put directly into the Ferns line without even attending a Pulse training session. Sitting two years behind Nat Medhurst would be good for any GA’s development. Obviously she’s gone on to be a far greater player for New Zealand but she was developed in the Australian pathway. Ekenasio wouldn’t have become a Silver Fern if it wasn’t for the Australian underage programs. But I’m still glad that she was given every opportunity to develop here and then become an elite representative for the Fern because she’s contributed immensely to world netball and to the community she has built for herself in New Zealand. That’s where I don’t understand this argument that these professional leagues are exclusively for Domestic athletes and giving overseas athletes an opportunity is a complete waste.

    TACTIXSUPPORTER
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    I hope Bassett goes to Magic. But I hope they continue to develop McPhee. She needs time to develop her fitness and confidence. Right coaching also! Something she hasn’t had at Magic currently. Maybe Bassett as a mentor is what she needs.

    What happened to Howard-Vallance ?the Central Beko GS that dominated Beko in 2018?

    Jinxibo
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    Hmm isn’t Megan Dean or is it Deene playing in Australia? I recall seeing her name listed somewhere.

    The only person I heard moaning about imports was LA. After she lost the com games final :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:

    Tully
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    Ekenasio didn’t learn a lot from her time in Aus? :wacko: Are you kidding?

    As al_ex said the NA pathway provided her the grounding. National TID squads of all ages from a young age. State teams and the related training associated with those as well as nationals. Training with Medhurst who was the preferred GA and a Diamonds’ GA at the time. Playing underage for Australia.

    Don’t have an issue with her playing for NZ at all. But any suggestion that Australia did not play a large role in her development is blind.

    minkie
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    Its not self entitlement, its common sense.
    NZ is tiny compared to Aus. Look what happened when our shooters retired few yrs ago. We had no up and coming young players for international games.

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