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Suncorp Super Netball team of the week

RESIDENT STATS GURU CHRISTIAN ESHMAN FROM CHAMPION DATA, SELECTS HIS TEAM OF THE WEEK FROM ROUND 6 OF SUNCORP SUPER NETBALL.

GS – Caitlin Bassett (Sunshine Coast Lightning)
When the fixture first came out no doubt that Caitlin Bassett had earmarked the away game against the Fever, whom she played 118 games with, as being special. She didn’t disappoint. C-Bass was successful with her first 33 attempts at goals (no misses in the first three quarters) and finished the game with 43 from 45 for 96 per cent. She also had two goal assists, two rebounds and one deflection. If I was giving a three, two, one for the round, Bassett would get my three votes.

GA – Tegan Philip (Melbourne Vixens)
There is no surprise that the Vixens currently lead the competition for goals scored with 350. The combination between Tegan Philip and Mwai Kumwenda has become the most lethal in Suncorp Super Netball in just six rounds. Against the ladder leading Giants, Philip was outstanding scoring 24 goals from 32 attempts for 75 per cent. She also received 17 centre passes, had six feeds and took three rebounds.

WA – Madi Robinson (Magpies Netball Club)
In a game that had a finals-like intensity about it, Madi Robinson took her play to another level. Wherever the ball was, Robinson wasn’t far away. Standing at 168cm (fourth shortest in the competition) Robinson stands tall when it comes to her midcourt play and on-court leadership. Robinson had 27 centre pass receives, 43 feeds (the most for the weekend), 21 goal assists and one deflection. Liz Watson from the Vixens was a very close second for this week’s WA position. If I was giving a three, two, one for the round Robinson would get my two votes.

C – Caitlyn Nevins (Queensland Firebirds)
Even though Caitlyn Nevins only played half a quarter at centre I couldn’t leave her out of this week’s team, so if Roselee Jencke can put Nevins in centre so can I. She is another pocket rocket that has speed to burn. She covers all corners of the court and gets there in a flash. Nevins fed her shooters with precision 42 times for 15 goal assists. She had one deflection but also had 17 centre pass receives when she was at wing attack. If I was giving a three, two, one for the round Nevins would get my one vote.

WD – Renae Ingles (Adelaide Thunderbirds)
Netball welcomed back Renae Ingles this week and it was great to see her return. She played the first three quarters at centre but it wasn’t until she went to Wing Defence where glimpses of her netballing prowess shone through. On the back of her defence in the fourth quarter, the Thunderbirds restricted the Firebirds to just five goals, the equal lowest for the competition so far this season. Ingles had three intercepts for the game but two came in the last quarter. She also had six deflections and four centre pass receives.

GD – Bec Bulley (GIANTS Netball)
In her 201st national league game, Bec Bulley is arguably having one of the best seasons in her long career. She was under attack this week from the Vixens shooters but made them earn every single one of their goals. Bulley only gave away six penalties, the least of any defender. She received the ball from the centre pass 11 times which was the most by any Goal Defence and also took an intercept, had four deflections and two loose ball pickups.

GK – Sarah Klau (NSW Swifts)
Having debuted last year at the national league level, Sarah Klau has played all six games this season. In a game that was fast paced where every possession had to be earned, Klau was outstanding. She performed as if she was a veteran of the game taking four intercepts, five deflections and two rebounds. Special mention needs to go the Magpies Goal Keeper in Sharni Layton who had another five star performance but I gave Klau the nod, just.

All stats provided by Champion Data
(Official Data Provider to Netball Australia and Suncorp Super Netball)