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    I think the Swifts don’t need to bring Fawns on at half time every game. Singleton has improved a lot and I think she’s ready to be given the full 60. Obviously it’s great to have Fawns to use for impact, but I don’t think the midcourters adjusted well to the switch. If they want to get Housby out at GA they can just slot Singleton back at GS.

    The beginning of the fourth was a complete mess from the Swifts, so many loose balls and just a step off the pace. Although I think Proud deserves the fourth CWG spot, I think Moloney has definitely proven that she offers more variety and better combinations than JLP and should be chosen.

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    in reply to: 2022 SSN ROUND 8 #1342040

    It’s so wild to me that Maddy Proud isn’t even in the Diamonds squad let alone in the 12. The only midcourter who I would consistently rate ahead of her is Watson. Moloney has definitely built up her WD play the last few weeks, but it makes me nervous that if Watson is out of form or unavailable, our attacking midcourt in a CWG final could be Hadley/Moloney. I think even Wood/Hadley would be a better combination across that midcourt.

    The Giants really need to start using Letherbarrow more. Harten has been so expensive with turnovers the last few years and Dwyer has had some off games this season. They need to give Matisse more opportunity to develop a genuine Plan B.

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    in reply to: 2022 SSN ROUND 7 #1341534

    Hay is also so underrated because of much more difficult it is to feed a moving circle. I think she’d be great for the Diamonds feeding the likes of Bueta and Koenen at GS. Browne, Rav and Proud have been hard done by not making the squad but they only feed tall holding shooters.

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    in reply to: 2022 SSN ROUND 6 #1340947

    Austin is better on defence and a better playmaker. Dwyer shoots better. I think the biggest advantage Austin has though is combinations and international experience. She’s played well with Koenen, Watson, JLP and Moloney. Dwyer has only played with JLP.

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    in reply to: 2022 SSN ROUND 6 #1340945

    After the Quad Series I would have had Garbin over Koenen (even considering her mini-collapse in the England game), but I think over the last few weeks Cara has pushed back in front. I think she’s also more different than Bueta, she’s a real moving changeup. I’m not sure if Marinkovich would take the chance on Dwyer and Wallam is too raw, so I think Bueta/Wood/Austin/Koenen have to be the front runners at this point.

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    The only logical reason I can come up with for Proud and Rav’s omissions are concerns about their abilities to feed a moving circle. Rav has been exposed for this previously (the only players she’s built strong connections over her career are Bassett, Aiken and now Wallam) and Proud has never really played at the top level with a moving GS. It makes me think that Marinkovich has locked in Wood/Bueta as her starting circle, and is probably looking at Austin/Dwyer/Koenen and I guess Garbin as the backups. If Stacey was looking to push Wallam into the 12 I think Rav would have been selected.

    I like Moloney as a shutdown WD backup to Braz. I wouldn’t be using her in C though, I think it would be more effective to bring Wood into WA and use Hadley/Watson at C if the starting lineup wasn’t working.

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    in reply to: 2022 SSN ROUND 5 #1340208

    The form of the incumbent Diamonds shooters has been wobbly at times, but I just don’t think Glasgow/Samason/Wallam have been consistently dominant enough to push them out. Both are relatively unproven at SSN level, let alone International level. I’m sure they’ll both make the Diamonds soon, but not for CWG.

    Bueta/Wood are automatic selections based on how great they were during the Quad Series. Then it’s two of Koenen, Garbin, Austin and Dwyer for me. Dwyer has been a bit out of form (probably COVID-affected) and Garbin has been low on form plus playing out of position. So I think Koenen and Austin take the last spots. Garbin was better at Quad Series than Koenen but she also really buckled under the pressure in that draw against England, so that may be the nail in the coffin.

    I’m more interested in who they will take from the midcourt. Price and Moloney have both been very up and down. I still think it’s such a shame they haven’t given Proud a chance, I think she’s the most dynamic midcourter we have aside from Watson.

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    in reply to: 2022 SSN ROUND 4 #1340020

    The supershot zone should be the same as in Fast5. Then it would actually be exciting because there would be far less attempts, so it would hold a lot more value.

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    in reply to: 2022 SSN ROUND 4 #1340002

    I always thought Dwan’s move to the T’Birds was a bit strange but now it really seems like a bad decision. At her best she’s a great player, I’ll never forget how she absolutely dominated against the Swifts in her debut season and broke the NNP record. This team just isn’t right for her style of play. She should have moved to Melbourne or stayed at the Firebirds.

    I’ve always thought the Swifts get a bit spooked by Sterling, especially Proud and Wallace. Housby really stepped up and pretty much pulled them through. Smith/Turner/Klau had their best game as a unit. Fawns and Singleton are quite raw, but all things considered they’ve done exceptionally. It would be a great achievement if the Swifts made the Finals with the loss of Wallace (and Garbin).

    The praising of Dan Ryan’s coaching and the criticism of Obst’s shows a lot of recency bias. When Dan Ryan was coach he recruited injured/out of form players and really did not demand excellence. They lost 27 games in a row. Obst has recruited and retained good players and has actually made them a force again. Sure she has made some bad decisions and they really should have won all of their matches this season, but she’s been by far the best coach they’ve had since JWT.

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    in reply to: 2022 SSN ROUND 3 #1339665

    Dwan and Garbin went to the wrong teams. Garbin has really been unlucky, hopefully she can get some more game time at GS. I’m not sure if she’s as dominant as Nelson is at her peak, but she’s far more consistent.

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    Congratulations Romelda!! Such an exciting time for her.

    What a great opportunity this is for Wallam (assuming she gets the opportunity)! I’m so curious to see how she would go, there’s been a lot of hype so now’s her chance to deliver.

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    Batcheldor is such a great player already. It’s crazy to me that the Firebirds have favoured Stower. A frontline of Koenen/Batcheldor/Wood would be very exciting.

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    As much as I love Romelda Aiken, I think it’s such a shame that the Firebirds didn’t prioritise the Bueta/Dwan circle more last season. Aside from the fact that I think it would have been a dominant combination for them going forward, it would also have given Gretel more opportunity to work on her GS game week in week out and been a great potential partnership for the Diamonds. Now Dwan and Horjus will be fighting for court time.

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    Bueta is such a beast at GS, she just needs everyone around her to believe in her more. All the dynamism she has at GA but more concise, controlled and without errors. Wood was great in assisting her and Watson improved as the match went on. If Hadley can have more confidence putting in the feeds the front line will be unstoppable come CWG. Such attacking dominance with so few errors. Good on SM for leaving them out for the whole match as well, I’m sure it would have been tempting to make changes at times. Klau was really good all things considered as well.

    Fisher had a nightmare introduction, that might have sewn up SDL’s place at CWG.

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    I don’t like to complain about umpiring, but the female umpire is starting to make a lot of unusual decisions. That Hadley “not wholely in the circle” call was objectively wrong, it was clear from the camera angle.

    Cardwell’s been a revelation. I personally think she’s far more dominant at GS than Harten. The English attack end just feels unchallenged. The Australian midcourters don’t seem to trust Bueta’s hold even though she’s taking in everything. Wood has been doing pretty much all the difficult feeding and play-making.

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