Round 10 team of the week
JOURNALIST, SUNCORP SUPER NETBALL WRITER AND DIEHARD NETBALL SUPPORTER DAMIEN STANNARD SHARES HIS ROUND 10 SELECTIONS FOR TEAM OF THE WEEK.
GK – Emily Mannix (Melbourne Vixens)
Statistics don’t do justice to Mannix’s role in minimising the impact of Caitlin Bassett. If they kept stats on footwork, thinking on the move and persistence, she would top the Round 10 leaderboard.
GD – Rebecca Bulley (GIANTS Netball)
No clear winner in this category but it’s hard to go past the sandpapering style of Bulley. Layer by layer she gets under the skin, and keeping Natalie Medhurst to one shot in the third quarter was a crushing blow.
WD – Gabi Simpson (Queensland Firebirds)
Can I have Gabi Brazill? Because I couldn’t split them. Ash Brazill deserves something because she was part of a highly organised effort that shut down Caitlyn Nevins. Pressed for a decision, Simpson got the nod because, without her, the Firebirds would have lost by 10.
C – Maddy Proud (NSW Swifts)
Consider this: the former T-Bird was captaining the Swifts for the first time, and had rookies Claire O’Brien and Sophie Halpin on either side. She kept her cool, stitched together a patchwork midcourt and was the most influential player on court after quarter-time.
WA – Liz Watson (Melbourne Vixens)
So influential has Watson become, the great Laura Langman was drawn to her like a predator to a waterhole. Her 47 circle feeds was a season-high, and so were her 26 goal assists until former teammate Madi Robinson threw down 27 against the Firebirds.
GA – Stephanie Wood (Sunshine Coast Lightning)
A tricky one, because Tegan Philip and Susan Pettitt both had worthy claims to the bib. In a beaten team, Wood’s accuracy, workrate out front, timing and willingness to take difficult shots make her the prototype GA.
GS – Mwai Kumwenda (Melbourne Vixens)
In the air, on the ground and on the move, Kumwenda was peerless. You can’t do better than 40 goals at 100 per cent against such a high quality opponent. A nod, also, to feeders Watson and Kate Moloney whose placement didn’t give the Lightning defenders a crack.