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BeccaParticipantNovember 3, 2020 at 9:52 pmPost count: 4BeccaParticipantNovember 2, 2020 at 5:05 pmPost count: 4
Yay we know who the contracted ten are. Now it’s just time to announce the coach. Do we know if Kate Upton and Nicole Richardson are still the assistant coaches? I rate Richardson. The Magpies defence end were definitely the shining light of season 2020. I found Upton to be too dominant in the time-outs. She often spoke over Rob Wright and her rev-up methods often ended up putting more pressure and doubt into the shooters’ minds.BeccaParticipantNovember 2, 2020 at 6:02 amPost count: 4
With most experienced players now being signed, I think the Adelaide Thunderbirds 2021 squad is going to be very young. Rookies like Maisie Nankivell and Georgie Horjus were obviously standouts in 2020 but I think the Thunderbirds are now expecting too much from them in 2021.
Lisa Alexander mentioned in some podcasts that the standard of play this year was diluted, most likely due to the condensed season. This may have made rookie players like Horjus and Nankivell seem more capable at SSN level than they really are. Next year, teams will be back to playing at full intensity. There will also be plenty of footage on Nankivell and Horjus for other teams to scout, which means they’ll both have to evolve their game and overcome the 2nd Season Blues.
And they’ll also have to do all this without the support from more experienced players like Pitman and Shimmin. It’s a lot to handle. Back in your young guns but don’t push them straight into the deep end.BeccaParticipantNovember 2, 2020 at 5:41 amPost count: 4
Over the last 12 days, the Ferns have played 7 games. And prior to that, they had a training camp which sounded quite intense. Does this schedule remind anyone else of the world cup? I’m guessing that Noeline Taurua deliberately scheduled things this way to give the players experience for when they have to play something like 8 games in 10 days for the World Cup.
I think the Ferns, in particular the midcourt, suffered with fatigue after the Cadbury series and weren’t playing at their best when it came time to play England. This surely will be an area that they’ll work on when Commonwealth Games and World Cup campaigns come around.