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sarahloveParticipantAugust 24, 2021 at 6:37 pmPost count: 33
But if that was the case, why wouldn’t you have them as a TP?
Nesian – I think the fuss about Mason is because people saw her in the CC, where she played really well and was exciting. When news came out about Rore’s preganancy, it seemed like she might get a look in. And I get the whole argument about young players, experience etc.
The Pulse were woeful at times this year – and even when they were down by so much, she couldn’t get a go.sarahloveParticipantAugust 24, 2021 at 6:34 pmPost count: 33sarahloveParticipantAugust 24, 2021 at 2:34 pmPost count: 33sarahloveParticipantAugust 23, 2021 at 8:51 pmPost count: 33sarahloveParticipantAugust 20, 2021 at 8:05 pmPost count: 33sarahloveParticipantAugust 19, 2021 at 11:20 amPost count: 33sarahloveParticipantAugust 8, 2021 at 10:44 amPost count: 33sarahloveParticipantJuly 25, 2021 at 7:46 amPost count: 33
I think it is important to remember how things got to where they are as well, specifically Tibble.
She signed as the 3rd shooter, probably thinking she would get a 1/4 here and there. When you sit behind Ameliaranne and Dunn, you wouldn’t expect more. In that case, her general fitness level would have been fine. Tibble is experienced and played in the ANZ before. She is a clever, crafty playmaker with a good shot and smart court play. I think she played well for the Pulse this year, and that is the part that matters the most. In my memory, I don’t recall her making more errors on the back end of games, which would be a sign that she wasn’t fit enough. I think Ivana Rowland would have learned so much from her.
The choice of Ivana Rowland (who I love!) from outside the region for the extra spot might indicate something about the shooting stocks locally.
I am a little concerned at the comments made by Anna Stanley and co about certain players lack of fitness, because I think there is a chance the comments are weight based, which is not particularly helpful, especially when we have had a top level athlete talk about her struggles with mental health, food and body image.
Temepara Bailey did an interview and they asked about this general area, and she said she selects players based on flair and attitude, because you can train in fitness, you can up skill levels but changing someone’s attitude is much harder. I think that is quite important.
Obviously, they are athletes performing at New Zealand’s highest national level, and a certain degree of fitness should be expected. But I don’t think that level needs to be silver fern level for those who are not aspiring to be silver ferns (e.g those who might be a little bit older and dealing with the recovery, injury, time required each week). If there fitness isn’t good enough for what the coach needs from them, then they won’t be picked.
Noelene has a high expectation of fitness (as she should!) and she doesn’t pick people who don’t meet it.
The same should occur at ANZ level, but it needs to be discretionary for franchises with their game plan.
sarahloveParticipantJuly 20, 2021 at 4:14 pmPost count: 33
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I feel for Kiri with the leave her on/take her off decision.
I agree that her shot was well off – no disputing that.
However, throughout the first three quarters, they were neck and neck with the Steel and Maia was still playing well (besides the shot) enough that the Steel couldn’t leave her free. There is also something to be said for having your big game players on the court for the big moments, but when she didn’t sort it by the end of the 3rd, Kiri had her hand forced.
I really feel for Faulkner too – games are not won and lost in one moment.sarahloveParticipantJune 6, 2021 at 4:02 pmPost count: 33sarahloveParticipantMay 11, 2021 at 4:22 pmPost count: 33sarahloveParticipantMay 9, 2021 at 5:28 pmPost count: 33sarahloveParticipantMay 7, 2021 at 8:53 pmPost count: 33sarahloveParticipantMay 5, 2021 at 3:06 pmPost count: 33sarahloveParticipantMay 5, 2021 at 3:02 pmPost count: 33
I am not convinced that we will see Bassett back in the Diamonds again, unless there really isn’t someone else to replace her. I think Koenan has taken her starting spot.
I don’t think Bassett gets her name written down automatically in the squad either, like it probably was before (by that, I mean one of the first picked, almost an autoselection) and will need to prove it again to a new selection panel. In my opinion, her first couple of outings haven’t said “I am the best goal shooter, pick me.” Things could change though.
The shooter in the NZ comp that is standing out to me is Fisher for the Steel, from England. She is going to be amazing! Still pretty young too.
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