HABITS VERSUS HEROICS? What wins a pressure match?
Super Netball teams constantly reinforce their brand, their game plan, and sticking to their structures for the full sixty minutes. Over a disrupted, chaotic season, the players have had to respond and adhere to instructions, whilst tweaking small aspects both reactively to losses and proactively for the next opponent. But when is it the right moment to break off for an inspirational play and take the victory?
“Experience comes into play a lot”, said Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald. “We’ve had tight matches throughout year, we have more experience in critical moments, and we need to bring that this week.” Trust has been built in her squad over the last five years, with four original players still with Giants, and the athletes know when to seize an opportunity. Jamie-Lee Price suggested that those decisions are “just energy, and I put it down to momentum. Look at that Swifts game, there were so many momentum shifts. It’s about being brave when you see [an opening] and taking risks.”