Round 14 Team Of The Week

Via Suncorp Super Netball


I have to say up front that this week’s team was exceptionally hard to pick.  Mostly because team performance seemed to shine over individual performance this round, which is not uncommon at this time of year with Finals about to begin!

GS – Caitlin Bassett (Sunshine Coast Lightning)
C-Bass was in the wars this weekend, but never allowed that to shift her focus. Composure her greatest strength this year, and it was well needed to get her Lightning team across the line against the Giants. Her battle with Poolman the best GS/GK tussle this round. Special mention to Sam Wallace from the Swifts, 42 goals in a losing side is pretty impressive!

GA – Gretel Tippett (Queensland Firebrids)
Tippett’s performance this weekend was her best for season 2017.  Her return at the post at 29/34 was her highest load. With 10 goal assists and 30 Feeds to her name, Tippett will keep the Aussie selectors on their toes with the International Season just around the corner. Mention also to Tegan Philip with 31 goals whose season form cannot be questioned, and will lead the Vixens admirably in their upcoming Finals campaign.

WA – Kelsey Browne (Sunshine Coast Lightning)
Ok up front I want to say that I would love to have given this to Liz Watson from the Vixens simply because she delivered the most phenomenal ball into her shooter on Saturday night, but that alone doesn’t cut it. (Although it was very special!)  Kelsey Browne gets the nod this week. Nothing speckie from her but that’s why her game was so impressive. Simple things done well in the biggest game of the season so far.

C – Serena Guthrie (GIANTS Netball)
By far the hardest position to pick this week. So I chose to go to the ‘game of the week’ to fine tune my decision. Great battle between Guthrie and Laura Scherian. Not much in it, but Guthrie held the midcourt together for the Giants this Round.  Don’t confuse her contest for the ball with anything except sheer commitment. This game is tough, and Guthrie is one of the toughest!

WD – Renae Ingles (Adelaide Thunderbirds)
Yes I know it wasn’t her best performances, but given I have the right to make these decisions I have chosen to base this one solely on EMOTION. It started with the tears in the pre-game interview, anger at the Thunderbirds first half performance, loss of voice as Ingles intercepted the centre pass and the scores levelled; and then tissues everywhere as the Thunderbirds fell short and we farewelled one of the greats of our game. (Show some heart folks!)

GD – Jo Weston (Melbourne Vixens)
Surely you know things are going ok when you come back on the court at half time, and your opponent who happens to be the opposition captain and Australian Diamond champion is sitting on the bench with 3/7 goals. Add to that four intercepts, three deflections and an impressive and humble post-match MVP interview and Jo wins this position hands down.

GK – Courtney Bruce (West Coast Fever)
A tough night at the office for the West Coast Fever but only at one end of the court.  Defensively Bruce was impressive and kept Fever’s opportunities coming. Kumwenda, a proven headache all year for defenders, was made to work for every ball with Bruce’s footwork impressive and so to her 3 intercepts and 7 deflections.