Team of the week
JOURNALIST, SUNCORP SUPER NETBALL WRITER AND DIEHARD NETBALL SUPPORTER DAMIEN STANNARD SHARES HIS ROUND 3 SELECTIONS FOR TEAM OF THE WEEK.
GS – Caitlin Bassett (Sunshine Coast Lightning)
You can pencil C-Bass in for the GS spot for the rest of the season. She has just been head and shoulders the most accurate and strongest shooter over the first three rounds and I can’t see that changing. She scored 43 goals from 46 attempts in Round 3 and is the leading goal scorer in the league so far.
GA – Gretel Tippett (Queensland Firebirds)
The way Tippett ran that attack end in Perth was notable, she kept space open for Romelda Aiken. It was clear she had confidence in driving to the ball and presenting a target, with 30 feeds and 17 goal assists for the match. She was a standout, super creative and Fever had no answer for the match MVP.
WA – Liz Watson (Melbourne Vixens)
This was the toughest choice this week, with two WA’s getting Player of the Match. Watson gets the nod, based on her variety of her passes. She’s not a one trick pony and has been able to mix it up, she’s not lobbing or throwing bullet passes the whole time. She’s proving to be really strong in the WA position.
C – Erin Burger (Queensland Firebirds)
I was so impressed that she was as good in the last quarter as she was in the first. For a player to be as influential in that position for as long as she was, based on the preparation she had was just an outstanding effort. She was so efficient in everything she did, there was no wasted movement.
WD – Gabi Simpson (Queensland Firebirds)
It’s difficult to pick a stand-out WD based on how dominant the WA’s played across the round. Although Simpson was a steadying influence against Fever. She was very patient, very sure and she managed to see Ingrid Colyer off and handled the fresh legs of Jess Anstiss well.
GD – Fiona Themann (Adelaide Thunderbirds)
Not just for her own excellent effort, but she was the beneficiary of the work the Thunderbirds were doing as a defensive unit. She was a part of the defensive unit who won enough ball to be able to win that game, and it wasn’t lack of effort from Themann that the Thunderbirds were defeated by Lightning.
GK- Sam Poolman (GIANTS Netball)
Poolman had seven deflections and six defensive rebounds for the match. She was an absolute rock for the Giants and a real threat whenever the Magpies moved the ball down that end. On any other night, she may have been entitled to an MVP for her performance.