Suncorp Super Netball Team Of The Week Round 13
Via Suncorp Super Netball
WITH THE FURNACE OF FINALS NETBALL NEARING, THE CREAM REALLY ROSE TO THE TOP IN ROUND 13 OF SUNCORP SUPER NETBALL. HUGE PERFORMANCES FROM SOME OF THE GAMES BEST HIGHLIGHTED SOME INTENSE CONTESTS.
Will McCloy, co-host of the Suncorp Super Netball Show, selects his Round 13 Team of the Week.
GK – Emily Mannix (Melbourne Vixens)
I’d almost put this position to bed after Geva Mentor’s huge performance on an injured Sam Wallace in the Lightning’s win, but Emily Mannix’s game against the Thunderbirds just had the edge for me. Her seven intercepts was one shy of Sharni Layton’s season high of eight, and along with seven deflections and a pair of rebounds, Mannix loomed large in the Vixens’ defence.
GD – Fiona Themann (Adelaide Thunderbirds)
Themann was a standout, along with Erin Bell, in a losing side on Sunday. Four intercepts and nine deflections highlighted an energetic effort from one of the Thunderbirds’ most consistent players, keeping the pressure on Tegan Philip throughout. It was always going to be tough up against the Watson-Philip-Kumwenda combo!
WD – Gabi Simpson (Queensland Firebirds)
This one chose itself. Simpson earned player of the match honours in the Firebirds close win over the Giants, and she more than deserved it. Her pace and energy off the ball constantly frustrated the Giants midcourt, and forced two changes as the home side tried in vain to curb her influence.
C – Laura Langman (Sunshine Coast Lightning)
She may not have racked up huge stats, but Langman’s midcourt mastery cannot be underestimated. A key in the Lightning’s super fast transition ball, Langman’s vision and long balls were spot on, again.
WA – Liz Watson (Melbourne Vixens)
This one was a toss up between Watson and her opposite number Chelsea Pitman. Watson’s 36 feeds was relatively low for her in recent weeks, but a key intercept early, along with a bag of goal assists, allowed Mwai Kumwenda to enjoy her biggest haul of the year.
GA – Gretel Tippett (Queensland Firebirds)
What a fortnight for the Firebirds’ goal attack! After copping some criticism two weeks ago, Tippett played one of her best games last week, and added to that with a complete performance against the Giants. Having said that, if Shae Brown had spent more time on the court for the Magpies, she may well have got the nod!
GS – Caitlin Thwaites (Magpies Netball Club)
The shooters from three of the four finals-bound sides had standout performances in round 13. Caitlin Bassett shot 94% in a season high 49 goal haul, and Mwai Kumwende also had a season best performance with 48 goals. Having said that, I couldn’t go past Caitlin Thwaites. Thwaites scored 45 of her sides 49 goals, finding space and time despite being without a second shooting option to take some of the defensive focus away.
Tune in to watch the Suncorp Super Netball Show each week on the Netball Live App or Telstra TV. The Round 13 wrap and Round 14 preview show will be available to watch on demand on Tuesday evening. Stay tuned!