Silver Ferns WC squad predictions

Silver Ferns WC squad predictions2023-05-09T22:49:09+10:00
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  • tasman
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      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/the-likely-silver-ferns-squad-for-the-netball-world-cup/5TZ67T3DBBGT5IZ6G3XDMWOQLU/

      Just saw this article and wondering what others think? I would agree with all of these selections. Without selecting my 12+3 just yet, here’s where i think the players sit with selectors based on this year’s ANZP and last year’s CWG form:

      Lock:
      Nweke
      Ekenasio
      Crampton
      Heffernan
      Burger
      Watson
      Jury
      (Not the starting 7 but just 7 players that will definitely be included)

      Probable:
      Wilson
      Karaka

      Possible:
      Mes
      Selby-Rickit
      Toeava
      Souness
      Kersten
      Gordon
      Fitzpatrick

      Unlikely:
      Winders
      Poi
      Rueleu-Buchanan
      Temu

      WeWood
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        LockerRoom’s 12
        Shooters: Ekenasio, Mes, Nweke, Wilson
        Midcourt: Crampton, Gordon, Heffernan, Toeava
        Defenders: Burger, Jury, Karaka, Watson

        This has been my 12 with Poi instead of Gordon for a while, but I know if two WA specialists are chosen (which I know everyone thinks is preposterous) a C/WD slide will likely be chosen.

        Can’t recall if it was posted here either, however an interview with Yvonne Willering said the midcourt make-up depended on where Taurua plays Burger as she sees Heffernan as first choice C (agree). Willering recommends Burger and Watson are the starting defensive pairing but if we play Jamaica she’s pushed forward to WD, Watson at GD and Jury at the back.

        Gordon’s versatility has been talked up a lot. I personally don’t like her at WD but within this midcourt this is where she would start.

        I do agree with a comment I saw over the weekend that Kersten could very well be in the picture and has been playing her best netball for a while. Yes to WD, however I would grimace if she pulled on the C bib tbh..

        My wildcard for WD is Karaka aka Rore in Liverpool..

        al_ex
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          The new rule allowing teams to bring 3 additional players makes it far less risky to bring specialists, so I expect Noeline will bring both Crampton and Toeava. Crampton can easily run out matches in C against all the teams except the Big 4 as well.

          Shooters: Nweke, Wilson, Ekenasio, Mes (TPSR)
          Midcourt: Crampton, Toeava, Heffernan, Gordon (Souness)
          Defence: Burger, Karaka, Watson, Jury (Temu)

          I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kersten in for either Gordon or Souness, it’s difficult to know who Noels rates highest of those three. Gordon offers the most versatility and is in better form so that might help her. It will be the bookends that matter for NZL, especially Watson.

          Netballfan1
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            My prediction:
            Shooters: Nweke, Ekanasio, Wilson, TPSR
            Midcourt: Crampton, Heffernan, Toeava, MRB
            Defence: Watson, Burger, Jury, Karaka

            Reserves
            Gordon/Souness
            Mes
            Temu/Fitzpatrick

            mcleod
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              Mes, Ekenasio, Nweke, TP/Maia (haven’t decided yet)
              Crampton, Souness, Heffernan, Kersten,
              Burger, Watson, Jury, Karaka.

              Reserves. TP or Maia, Poi, Temu

              Baller
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                Any of the previous listed teams could be a possibility. I know we all have our favourites.

                No new caps or wildcards. The reserves will be seasoned SF leaders in their own right (Fitzpatrick, Kersten etc). I think the team will be quite structured than based on ANZp form alone. Some unlucky players for sure.

                Baller
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                  Any of the previous listed teams could be a possibility. I know we all have our favourites.

                  No new caps or wildcards. The reserves will be seasoned SF leaders in their own right (Fitzpatrick, Kersten etc). I think the team will be quite structured than based on ANZp form alone. Some unlucky players for sure.

                  thunder123
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                    My 12+3

                    Nweke, Eke, Wilson, Mes
                    Crampton, Heffernan, Gordon, Souness
                    Karaka, Jury, Watson, Burger

                    TPSR, Kersten, Fitzpatrick

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                      RMB
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                        Shooters: Nweke, Ekeansio, Wilson, and then unsure if the 4th will be Mes or Selby-Rickit
                        Mid: Crampton, Heffernan, Souness and Gordon, Id like to see Toeava but shes only a WA like Crampton, maybe Kirstin will make another appearance?
                        Defenders: Jury, Karaka, Watson and Burger, Fitzpatrick has admitted herself she knows shes on the fringe

                        TB
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                          Shooters: Nweke Eke Mes TPSR – (Wilson)
                          Midcourt: Crampton Toeava Heffernan Souness – (Gordon)
                          Defence: Jury Karaka Burger Watson – (Sulu)

                          Really scratching my head over TPSR and Wilson. I feel it will come down to them.

                          Kerryn
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                            Shooters: Nweke, Eke, Wilson, Mes – Res TPSR (soley based on experience not performance)
                            Middies: Crampton, Heffernan, Souness, Gordon – Res – MRB/Kersten/Winders/Poi (will possibly come down to team connections)
                            Defence: Jury, Karaka, Watson, Burger – Res MSB

                            museboy
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                              With the reserves system, to me it makes sense to select specialists in your initial 12 and ‘slide’ players in the reserves.

                              Shooters: Nweke / Wilson / Ekenasio / TPSR (Mes)
                              Midcourt: Crampton / Heffernan / Toeava / Kersten (Gordon)
                              Defence: Jury / Watson / Karaka / Burger (MSB)

                              TPSR’s position is most shaky in my view.

                              TB
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                                My reasoning for picking TPSR over Wilson, as she stood up during the CWGs. It’s been a long time since the Ferns could rely on Wilson.

                                Kersten is no threat at all, to anyone internationally. She’s a solid player, but no threat.

                                Nachosreturn
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                                  Shooters: Nweke, Ekenasio, Wilson, Mes
                                  Midcourt: Crampton, Heffernan, Toeava, Souness
                                  Defence: Watson, Burger, Jury, Karaka

                                  Travellers: Selby-Rickett, Gordon, MSB.

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