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    Stacian Facey Jamaican GD to the Thunderbirds!! That’s why Sterling stayed.

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    Stacian Facey Jamaican GD/GK to Thunderbirds??

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    Not wanting to diminish the International game but I think the run for imports over giving our younger players a consistent and extended go on court at the top level, is really hurting our Australian game. If you look at the non starting players and TPs, they in the main don’t actually play much netball at any level in any given year. So if you’re contracted as a young player for two years and see the court maybe 10 times for 5 mins a time it is hardly helping your game. Hard to have any impact. Sure if you are good enough you will get the court time but it seems to me we are missing out on the potential of some young players as we have the focus on imports. I noted above, that 7 of 8 starting GS’s are imports, which is really disappointing for the development of Australian netball and our premier GS is now playing in NZ because she couldn’t get a start here. I just don’t think the dynamics are right and believe we should have a quota on imports per team. We will still be helping world netball development but we will at least be giving our own players a reasonable chance to succeed both domestically and at international level.

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    It appears the Thunderbirds will have a complete defensive line of imports. Is it just me thinking that we are killing off a lot of our young Australian players with potential because we are now relying so heavily on imports. Magpies have 4 I think, Thunderbirds will probably have 4, Lightning have 3 etc etc. This just can’t be good for Australian netball going forward. Hopefully at the end of next year when the league is re-sponsored we will see some level of restrictions. Maybe the UK way, where they are allowed two imports but they can’t both play in the same third at the same time, excepting the C. That makes some sense to me at it means we will have Aussies in most key position on each team. I’d appreciate thoughts please.

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    Not sure on Shimmin to Lightning. Good player but now behind Karla and Phumza so just don’t see her getting anymore court time than she did with Thunderbirds, which is potentially disappointing for her. Clearly couldn’t get a starting position here or in the UK. As a Roses squad member you would have thought she would have had opportunities in the UK league. Also Lightning now have the oldest defensive lineup with an average age of 32 for next season. I would have though Garrett would have been a better option if they wanted positional versatility given she is the same age as departing Lee-Jones. I guess the Lightning coaches will worry about the future in the future.

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    Does anyone know who are the likely coaches for the Firebirds and Magpies? I have heard Lisa Alexander’s name mentioned in passing.

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