If I had to pick a Silver Ferns team tonight

If I had to pick a Silver Ferns team tonight2021-07-05T21:18:28+10:00
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  • worsie
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      NWeke
      Wilson
      Shelby-Rickit
      Williams
      Toeava
      Crampton
      * Saunders
      Winders
      Fitzpatrick
      Burger
      *Watson
      Harrison
      * Co-captains

      al_ex
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        A few weeks ago I would have absolutely had Hume in the 12 but now I’m less sure. She seems to have gone backwards a bit since her injury niggle. I’d tentatively still have her in the team but if she continues the form from this week I’d replace her with TPSR. The lack of GAs in NZL right now is an area of weakness.

        Ferns
        Nweke, Wilson, Dunn, Hume
        Poi, Crampton, Winders, Saunders
        Watson, Burger, Fitzpatrick, Jury

        NZA
        TPSR, Mes, Bird, Metuarau
        Kersten, Heffernan, Souness, Gordon
        Burley, Tong, Fowler, Temu

        thunder123
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          Nweke, Wilson, Selby Rickett, Tiana
          Crampton, Poi, Saunders, Winders
          Watson, Fitzpatrick, Burger,Temu

          Unsure about The last in all areas of court. Temu/Tiana for experience when it comes to big tournaments.
          Winders played C all year but she’s great as Ferns WD. Noels rarely has a 4/4/4 split either.

          Baller
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            I’m actually still hoping NT trials some rookies over the next 7 internationals. No excuses for not making fitness standards at the end of the season.

            Wilson, Mes, TPSR + 1 rookie Metuarau/Nweke (depending on what NT wants from the circle)
            Crampton, Saunders, Poi, Winders
            Watson, Fitzpatrick, Burger, Jury?

            WeWood
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              Wilson, Nweke, TPSR (over Mes), one newbie
              Crampton, Poi, Saunders, Winders
              Burger, Fitzpatrick, Jury (over Temu, just), Watson

              That fourth shooting spot is interesting for me. Checked out the ANZP website and these are the stats for the three players vying for GA:
              Hume – 173/235 (74%)
              Williams – 168/198 (85%)
              Metuarau – 158/196 (81%)

              I’d almost take the three of them (similar to what was done in Con Cup with the midcourt) and see who rises to the challenge of being in the team environment.

              I would love Dunn to be in there but then that would push Maia forward and, in my opinion negatively affect her game.

              mcleod
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                I agree with Baller’s team, apart from Jury I have Kate Burley instead of Jury

                Jinxibo
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                  @Worsie, how can you not pick Poi?

                  Here’s my wider squad,
                  Nweke, Wilson, Mes, TPSR, Metuarau, Hume
                  Poi, Winders, Elley, Crampton, Saunders, Souness, Heffernan, Watson, Burger, Fitzpatrick, Jury, Burley, Temu

                  There is space for 1 more… Williams for the experience, or another defender Fifita, Burley.

                  Jinxibo
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                    @Wewood, thank you for the stats. Con cup, starting GD possibly Weston…
                    Hume :scratch:
                    Williams not sure she’s ready yet
                    Metuarau now that would be interesting

                    Zara Collings
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                      I’m hopeful we will see lots of new Ferns given opportunities in the CC ahead of Comm games. I’d go
                      Wilson
                      TPSR
                      Nweke
                      Metuarua
                      Crampton
                      Saunders
                      Heffernan
                      Poi
                      Burger
                      Watson
                      Jury
                      Fitzpatrick

                      But also would love to see Williams, Burley and Souness in the mix!

                      schmeetle
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                        @Jinxibo
                        Someone on another thread mentioned having Nweke at GS and Wilson being pushed out to GA. My thoughts on that were a little mischievous… oh yes, bring it on, Peston Weston tagging Wilson for an entire game! How long would Wilson last before she punched Weston?

                        TB
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                          Don’t think she’d dare to punch anyone with DNT as coach. I feel Noeline will continue to work with Falkner, if she continues to meet the fitness standards. In saying that, my 12 (and as long as they have ALL met the fitness standards):

                          Shooters – Wilson Nweke TPSR Mes
                          Midcourt – Crampton Poi Saunders Winders
                          Defence – Watson Sulu Burger Jury

                          TPSR and Mes have international experience. However I can see one of them being dropped, eventually, for Falkner/Tiana or maybe Hume.

                          Waylay
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                            My team of 12

                            Wilson, Nweke, Selby-Rickit, Metuarau
                            Crampton, Saunders, Kersten, Saunders
                            Burger, Burley, Fitzpatrick, Watson

                            I imagine there will be another 4 or so spots in the wider squad – so I’d include Mes, Poi, Heffernan and Jury.

                            WeWood
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                              Further to my team pick, I think Noeline will need to rotate the GA options for a half each.

                              Regardless if she stays with her established options (TPSR and/or Mes) or brings in fresh blood (Metuarau, et al), I don’t think any one option would be able to run out a full game against Weston, Bruce, etc. Not necessarily a bad thing, but Taurua will be needing on court contributions from everyone.

                              museboy
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                                I wonder who will meet the SF fitness standards though. I heard the Mystics and Tactix have implemented them, and the Stars and Steel seem very fit, but not sure about the Pulse or Magic.

                                Baller
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                                  The SF contenders like Winders, Souness etc from the Magic and Pulse I would argue fitness isn’t their problem. In a interview Parata did a while ago she mentioned Jury crushing SF fitness tests.

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