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Head coach Dame Noeline Taurua and the national selectors have named a 16-strong Silver Ferns Squad and a Silver Ferns Development Squad of 10 who will work together closely over the next year ??
— Silver Ferns (@SilverFernsNZ) August 25, 2020NettySuperFanParticipantAugust 25, 2020 at 1:03 pmPost count: 265
Interesting that only 4 of the 16 are shooters.
Also interesting that the whole of Pulse’s starting line up are the squad, minus Aliyah Dunn.
My starting seven would be:
Jane Watsonal_exParticipantAugust 25, 2020 at 1:05 pmPost count: 1198
Wow very different team to what I expected especially picking the players coming back from injury. However NZL has so much depth especially in the midcourt so it was inevitable that players missed out. It will be really interesting which 12 she picks from this if there is going to be any Constellation Cup with this team.NZChampionParticipantAugust 25, 2020 at 1:09 pmPost count: 461
Oh wow what a strong team! Couple of injured players in there. But this is the 2020 and 2021 squad.
Well done to all the returnees and newbies! Jury, Kersten, Fitzpatrick and Gordan!
Gutted for Dunn, Elley, Penderson. Those fitness standards must be very high and against the best teams, we need the best on court. Noeline has a plan and I know she will work wonders with this bunch.mcleodParticipantAugust 25, 2020 at 1:52 pmPost count: 1711
How can Kate Burley miss the development squad, and yet Mikaere gets in.
I’d have Mila R-B over Earle, and as for Pedersen missing out pfftttt!!!!!TACTIXSUPPORTERParticipantAugust 25, 2020 at 2:23 pmPost count: 455
Good squad. Gutted that Dunn missed out, but she will come back strong.
No Burley in the Development squad? Pederson also. Surprising.BallerParticipantAugust 25, 2020 at 2:24 pmPost count: 599
I’m pleased with the selection. Either you are meeting the fitness standards or are not in the top 16. I like that NT will be working with the wider squad so possibly some interchangeability later on.
Plenty of healthy competition for WA and C position in the top 12. Kersten may be a surprise for some people but for me she ticks enough boxes. She is fit, brings experience and has solid connections.
I see the team building around the spine of Ekenasio, Watson and Burger.
If they posed for the black dress photo, does this mean they knew before the final?TACTIXSUPPORTERParticipantAugust 25, 2020 at 2:45 pmPost count: 455
Squad looks strong.
But Noels is all about fitness…. and I am sure MSB and Mes couldn’t pass the current fitness tests due to injuries. But are included?
Dunn is a gun. I hope she can get to the higher fitness level in the next few months.
Mikaere over Burley and Tong
Pederson deserves a spot in the Development squad at least.
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Completely forgot about Burley! ? Yes she most definitely should be in over Mikaere!!!mcleodParticipantAugust 25, 2020 at 3:06 pmPost count: 1711
I get the feeling Taurua forgot about Burley as well.englishrose21ParticipantAugust 25, 2020 at 5:47 pmPost count: 134
I worry about the shooting end, seems strange to include an injured 31 year old? But I know she is a favourite of Noeline.
Happy with the rest of the team but the development squad seems strange to me. Elley, Pederson and Metarau should be in there. Hume doesn’t have what it takes in my opinion and has awful stats for this year. Also Faulkner is unproved this year. Does Metarau need to be in a starting 7? Hope she’ll move this year and get that because I can’t see Emeilaranne leaving Welly. Also I thought Elley was a standout.
I’d have had Tong in my dev squad too over Mikaere, she had an average season and she’s 32? What’s she developing towards?? I know she’s a Noeline fav tooBluebirdParticipantAugust 25, 2020 at 6:27 pmPost count: 114
I’m surprised that Clare Kersten gets the nod ahead of Sam Winders.minkieParticipantAugust 25, 2020 at 7:31 pmPost count: 375
The 31 yr old shooter actually has a name, pretty disrespectful not to use it. Especially when you name all other players.
As for Bailey being Noels favourite, what a crock of crap. She wasn’t picked at all for Noels first and maybe second season.MaryannParticipantAugust 25, 2020 at 8:03 pmPost count: 1220
I like the squad.
Not surprised about Kersten, even though I didn’t put her in my squad. There are a couple of long time players in this squad that I found underwhelming this season but we all know that just because they are in the top squad it doesn’t mean they won’t be replaced if they don’t perform.
Noeline is about fitness – as in when uninjured the players physical fitness meets her (the set) standards – and proven consistent performance.
Both Bailey and Michaela despite being injured will both be maintaining the fitness required hence their inclusion in her squad. Ferns are unlikely to play International games this season imo and by 2021 Bailey hopefully will be back raring to go, and Michaela should nearly be there.
As for Bailey being a favourite – what a load of rubbish. She had to go away, reinvent and improve herself in order to make the squad under Noeline. Just like Rore.
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