Ian HarkinModeratorSeptember 11, 2020 at 9:13 amPost count: 6841BallerParticipantSeptember 11, 2020 at 9:25 amPost count: 174
I think this is an example of the tier system working to spread talent across the teams.
I would like to see Tong develop her GD/WD game at prem level.NesianParticipantSeptember 11, 2020 at 9:53 amPost count: 102
It’s a shame they can’t get any good shooters there. I know they are looking as they don’t want the ones they currently have.ahdzParticipantSeptember 11, 2020 at 10:07 amPost count: 30
I hope we can get some decent shooters, no disrepair at all to the current ones but the consistency was an issueJamesParticipantSeptember 11, 2020 at 10:12 amPost count: 121
Magic used to be my favourite NZ team but recruitment the last few seasons has been really bad and looks like it again for next year as well
Hopefully we see Tong at GD with Fakahokotau at GKBallerParticipantSeptember 11, 2020 at 10:30 amPost count: 174
Explains why they are naming the team in dribs and drabs.
Last year, as a team they were getting ball just not good enough shooting statistics to win.
I would probably take a gamble and recruit Beko shooters.JinxiboParticipantSeptember 12, 2020 at 4:12 amPost count: 613
James! you’ve got to stick with your team even through the tough times
Tem joining is excellent but strong GD would be nice too. The 3 named players are all GKs.
Baller like your idea about the Beko players but it looks like all the strong ones are taken. Williams is the next in line but I don’t think she’s ready yet.
We need an import international shooter for a season or two. I’d prefer not to have Peace or Joyce as they are primarily holding shooters. I’d like someone who can do a bit of both… Fisher, Cardwell or Venter. In that orderWaylayParticipantSeptember 12, 2020 at 8:51 amPost count: 144
International shooter is definitely the way to go. Ellie Cardwell would be terrific for them. It’s a gamble with international borders closed but one they need to take.
I reckon they need to sign 4 shooters – Cardwell/McPhee/Latu-Meafou/Williams. Then at least if the Cardwell signing falls through they still have 3 shooters who can do the job. Williams was just a training partner this season if I’m correct?? So I imagine she wouldn’t complain being Tier 4/5. Likewise I think Latu-Meafou would be happy with a contract regardless of the tier.WaylayParticipantSeptember 12, 2020 at 9:10 amPost count: 144
Midcourt will be their greatest issue.
ACD is pregnant and Holly Fowler will still be 12 months away, and with Souness potentially returning to the Pulse that’s 3/4 of this year’s midcourt gone.
Sydney Fraser could be an option as a local WA. Simmone Howe is also a reliable WA/C option, Christina Oscar from Auckland also. If I was them I would have thrown a tier 1 contract at someone like Kate Heffernan to try and lure them over as a strong WD but chances of her moving would be slim.al_exParticipantSeptember 12, 2020 at 5:27 pmPost count: 562
I would prefer to see a player from a disadvantaged country be given the opportunity. I’m not saying that players like Cardwell and Fisher aren’t good for the game, but their capacity to be ambassadors not only for the sport but for women in marginalised communities is not the same as players such as Proscovia and Kumwenda. Therefore I think Proscovia, Cholhok or Mvula would be the best option. I also think that these three players are far more athletically gifted and if they’re given the professional environment that players like Venter have already been exposed to, they’ll go on to achieve great things. They’re also far higher percentage shooters and that’s really what Magic need after last season’s statistics. Not only for themselves but for the countries they come from. Fisher and Cardwell can just go to SSN where there are unlimited imports if they’re good enough.
ALM’s GA court play came a long way this year, she just needs to work on landing the shots when the pressure is on. I think I’d be targeting one of the imports, ALM and then either Williams or someone like Pelasio. Having a strong target to build around over a number of years is their way back into the finals in my opinion. I don’t really rate McPhee but if she can work on her court play and her accuracy maybe they can make room for her as well as an impact player.sarahloveParticipantSeptember 12, 2020 at 8:54 pmPost count: 13
I would rather them choose NZ players with the current climate. I am a McPhee fan – she was the best of the shooters the last two years – I am not sure who is coaching the shooters in Magic but my preference is that they retain McPhee and Williams, and employ a specific shooting coach for them. A play making GA would be a decent signing – but I don’t know if there are any left.JinxiboParticipantSeptember 13, 2020 at 4:01 amPost count: 613
Alex I understand what you’re saying but IMO Proscovia, Cholhok or Mvula all like to shoot under the post and I don’t see them fitting into the NZ style. How about one of the Pasifika players? are they allowed into NZ.
I hope they don’t opt for Marshall again as to me she didn’t fit in
Sarahlove McPhee was solid and accurate during 2019 but something has gone wrong this year.
My concern is their ability to attract top/talented players. I think Metcalfe was hoping Williams would have the same impact as Metuarau but it was not to be. Sydney Fraser could be nice, but she seems to have such bad luck with ANZP. Simmone Howe, not bad. Wasn’t Christina Oscar with Stars?
I’d like to know why Faulkner decided not to return…JinxiboParticipantSeptember 13, 2020 at 4:03 amPost count: 613
Oh and if it’s true about Souness moving on then I think Magic really do have a problem !!!!!!!!!!sarahloveParticipantSeptember 13, 2020 at 6:12 pmPost count: 13
I think the difference is that in 2019 she had Faulkner – who was young but was a more traditionally styled GA. She didn’t have that this year and I think it was a gap.BluebirdParticipantSeptember 13, 2020 at 7:43 pmPost count: 106
Assume it would be the ability to work with Parata that would draw Souness back to Pulse because otherwise I don’t really see how
the move would benefit her as the potential of sitting on the bench behind Maddy Gordon is quite high.
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