al_exParticipantOctober 20, 2020 at 9:45 pmPost count: 1198
It’s always best if individuals with close personal relationships with players avoid joining the forum in my opinion. I understand why it can be tough reading the criticism, but derailing threads because of personal biases is tiresome and takes away from the discussion. No one dislikes ALJ or thinks anything bad about her as an individual, but it’s quite clear that she wasn’t what Lightning needed this year and doesn’t look to be going forward.
Lightning should try and get Dehaney up. I think she has a lot to offer and she’s more than surplus to demands at Vixens. She seems close to Aiken as well and I think Carribean players may prefer the warmer climate. I also really liked what I saw from Ash Unie but she’s not really a GK option unfortunately.
I’m not surprised that Lightning wanted Peace back but I’m a bit surprised that she didn’t look elsewhere. Koenen has really overtaken her and I expect she would get more opportunities (and money) elsewhere.
I’m glad to see Wallace back at the Swifts. I feel like Garbin may go to the Vixens, can’t really imagine where else she’d move. No other coach will give her as much court time as Akle anyway if she’s not starting.
I don’t think it will be good for Fever to sign only two midcourters but I can’t really see them dropping their bench players and pulling anyone else over. Charles is inconsistent and I don’t think Anstiss offers that much in attack but they did an amazing job this year so who knows.TBParticipantOctober 20, 2020 at 9:46 pmPost count: 1073
Has Nat H signed with Swifts yet? If not, maybe a possibility for Pitman to go there?al_exParticipantOctober 20, 2020 at 9:53 pmPost count: 1198
I don’t really understand why so many people keep suggesting that the Swifts need to recruit an experienced attacking midcourter. Proud and Hadley were pretty much their only standout players this year and they probably have the best U23 WA in the country.
If Pitman comes back to Sydney I think she’ll go to the Giants. Fitzgerald coached her in the Sydney Swifts days and she’d see more court time competing with Hay than with Proud.Netballcrazy1ParticipantOctober 20, 2020 at 9:54 pmPost count: 2354
There us a lot of unsigned positions across teams in all those areas but many are just negotiating contracts with current squad members so it’s tricky to say where there are real availabilities.
I think Pitman could go to Lightning, Giants (but Hay has been strong) or Swifts (if Nat doesn’t return)
Glasgow could go to Vixens, Fever, Giants, or Swifts if Garbin leaves
Shimmin could go to Lightning or potentially Swifts (her options are very limited)
I also hope Brandley finds a contract! Unfortunately, though, the defence positions look very limited. I feel like SSN could really field another team whilst sustaining an acceptable level across the competition. It would ensure fewer players are missing out. Something to look for in 2022Z1989ParticipantOctober 20, 2020 at 10:36 pmPost count: 12
In an article Giants wrote on their website they wrote:
At the other end of the court, our defence end continues to strengthen with many combinations available through Sam Poolman, Kristiana Manu’a and young star in the making Matilda McDonell. April Brandley also added another level of strength and experience to not only our defensive end but our team and we hope to have her sign on again in 2021.
So we’ll probably see Brandley signed and O’shannassy dropped depending on whether squads are staying at 10.JoyjamieParticipantOctober 20, 2020 at 11:07 pmPost count: 235
can’t see Pitman at the Swifts somehow. Would be more likely Nat to return. As someone said Abby McCulloch reckons she will return and Tayla Fraser needs another year as Training Partner. If the team increases to 12 like this year then think of the possibilities for all teamsNetballcrazy1ParticipantOctober 20, 2020 at 11:16 pmPost count: 2354
I personally disagree that Fraser needs more time as a TP. She played well in the 2019 regular season and finals, stepping up in the absence of Proud, and she came on with great impact whenever given the opportunity this season. It’s hard when you sit behind three mid courtiers who are in their respective methanol squads but I don’t think she will get a contract if Nat stays, and there aren’t many other clubs to look to either.
Giants want to keep Brantley but the cap hasn’t changed which means if they keep her, it would be as a TP who can come into the 12 on game day. Unfortunate position for her to be in, not being able to get a full time contract at the moment, but I guess it’s better than having no exposure to the environment and trying to return in 2022.
I wonder what Cullen is up to…al_exParticipantOctober 20, 2020 at 11:23 pmPost count: 1198
I expect Brandley would get a Giants contract and they would have four defenders. They signed four defenders this year so it’s not abnormal for them. The Swifts would surely take her instead of Craig as well, they’re another team that is used to having four signed defenders.
Fraser should go to T’Birds, Fever or Lightning if Haythornthwaite is retained, she’d probably be starting.Zara CollingsParticipantOctober 21, 2020 at 12:50 amPost count: 337
I don’t think if Nat leaves the Swifts need another “experienced” midcourter either to be honest. Hadley has played over 100 games at the Swifts so not sure how much more experience you need there… Proud has also been called up to Diamonds this year so I don’t think experience is what they would need. Fraser has more than proven herself when she’s come on. If Nat did leave, it’s not as if Fraser would be starting every match and playing full 60 minute matches as she is behind Proud and Hadley anyway. The only space I really see at the Swifts without anyone choosing to leave is WD as I do think Craig did give away a lot of penalties and maybe is better as an impact player for them.Zara CollingsParticipantOctober 21, 2020 at 12:52 amPost count: 337
I also think if Fraser was going to move it should be to lightning to learn from Langman and Scherian. They do have the space now Russel has retired to bring in another midcourter and Fraser can play across all three positions, which would allow Langman and McCauliffe to play WD. Personally I don’t think it would be great for her development to be learning from Petty and Nankiville at Tbirds as they are also relatively young and inexperienced. Petty has also had a poor season and wouldn’t be in my starting 7!CathParticipantOctober 21, 2020 at 6:56 amPost count: 10
Swift’s have re-signed Garbin & Haythornwaite. Only Moore & Craig left so may end up with same 10. Would have liked to see them sign Fraser.MaryannParticipantOctober 21, 2020 at 7:48 amPost count: 1222
Deep down I feel that Langman will not sign for next year. She won’t want a fuss made either. This is after I read/heard an interview (can’t remember which) where she talked about her Ferns retirement and mentioned that she herself could feel that she is not as good as she was (not her words – I don’t remember them). She indicated that there are areas where she is now not up to scratch.JoyjamieParticipantOctober 21, 2020 at 7:53 amPost count: 235
When was this announced? Good news for the Swifts if it is. Not sure who the others will be, Who could play wdPickemParticipantOctober 21, 2020 at 9:12 amPost count: 34
Looks like Langman has retired according to her instagramJbssParticipantOctober 21, 2020 at 9:35 amPost count: 231
*sigh* wish Swifts would prioritise Fraser given she is going to be such a huge talent and has been in their pathways. Its no wonder Dwyer Obrien and Leatherbarrow have moved over to Giants. Julie F is not my favourite coach however she does back NSW talent. It must be disheartening for young players seeing their home states giving others a go. Im thinking also of the likes of Glasgow Hodges and Allen who are absolutely up to scratch yet have to keep looking for other opportunities. If we look at Vixens and their success through their pathways so much so that there are players like Dunkley who needed to move to get court time you can see it pays off to back young players in. The Firebirds are on the cusp of something brilliant by backing in a good mix of local and international or interstate talent. Tbirds have been rebuilding longer than Firebirds but with less success as they change key roster personnel each year and dont value players like Shimmin and Glasgow.
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