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Netball fantasy teams: Commentators v. Coaches

WHILE now renowned for their presence off court whether it be behind a microphone or boundary side these commentators and coaches were once known for their on-court prowess. Both sides consist of former players from across the globe now turned media personalities or coaches whether it be assistant or head.  To be eligible to make either team they must have held a position in either role in the past two years.


GK: Liz Ellis
GD: Laura Geitz
WD: Bianca Chatfield
C: Anna Stanley
WA: Tamsin Greenway
GA: Sharelle McMahon
GS: Cath Cox

BENCH: Anne Sargeant, Adine Wilson, Ama Agbeze

There is no shortage of talent behind the mic with each and every player in the squad showcasing their class and talent at both an international and domestic level. Starting in goal keeper is none other than fan favourite and Australian Diamonds royalty Liz Ellis. The talented defender was an easy pick given her influence on court, long arms, ability to clog up space and come out for a screaming intercept when needed. Much like her defensive counterpart, Laura Geitz was another sure starter even though she was pushed out to goal defence to accommodate for Ellis. The former Diamonds goal keeper turned commentator was an excitement machine down back, generating plenty of turnover ball and using her impressive timing to perfection. Moving out to wing defence is Melbourne Vixens great and fellow Diamond defender Bianca Chatfield. Although typically known for her presence in circle defence, Chatfield is no stranger to the wing position with her height and long arm span doing a wealth of damage to block her opponents vision into the circle. New Zealand commentator and former Silver Ferns representative Anna Stanley takes out the centre position with the highly skilled midcourter possessing class and speed to boot. Her experience and nous on the court was unquestionable able to thread the needle with her passes and good vision while wing attack and former England Roses star Tamsin Greenway oozes plenty of game changing attributes. Arguably one of the headline duos in the team is the goal circle pairing of Sharelle McMahon and Catherine Cox. The two Australian Diamonds dynamites lit up the court with their explosiveness and deadeye accuracy. McMahon is a smooth mover, renowned for using her light and quick footwork to glide across the court while Cox can play both the holding and moving shooter with great ease. one thing that is fair to say is they hardly missed with the two making the most of their opportunities inside the goal circle and most importantly were not afraid to back themselves from range. Unlucky not to get the start was Anne Sargeant while the likes of midcourter Adine Wilson also just missed out despite pulling the bib on 79 times for the Ferns. Rounding out the team is former England Roses captain and defender Ama Agbeze with the lanky goal keeper known for her hunt for the ball, quick movement and ability to create something out of nothing.



GK: Roselee Jencke
GD: Claire McMenimen
WD: Simone McKinnis
C: Temepara Bailey
WA: Noeline Taurua
GA: Vicki Wilson
GS: Irene Van Dyk 

BENCH: Norma Plummer, Tracey Neville, Nicole Richardson

This squad is filled with some of the most recognised and highly established netball coaches at either an assistant or head coach position in the world. They range from international and domestic leagues but most importantly were silky smooth on the court. Firebirds head coach and former Diamonds defensive coach, Roselee Jencke is a star in her own right. She represented the Diamonds 43 times and was a real commanding presence down back with her hands over pressure and quick footwork to get around the body and force turnovers. After playing under Jencke at the Firebirds the now Diamonds specialist coach Clare McMeniman is set to pull on the goal defence bib. With class, defensive pressure and three-foot marking a couple of her key attributes it would be hard to go past the skilful defender. Although she was not the flashiest player it was her ability to shut down opponents with her tagging style of defence and skill to drop back into space and cherry pick passes and propel the ball back down the court with ease. Successful Vixens coach, Simone McKinnis has a firm grasp on the wing defence position thanks to her dynamic movement while veteran and now coach with the Northern Stars Temepara Bailey was a sure start in centre. Bailey is one of the most durable players able to run all day and all night, using her change of direction to full effect and delivering the ball with ease into the circle. Arguably one of the most praised coaches in netball history, Noeline Taurua pulls on the wing attack bib with the classy netballer in a league of her own when it comes to awareness and tactics. Taurua was clever with ball in hand able to see the play with ease and create space to allow attacking forays to unfold. Vicki Wilson was a key cog for the Diamonds with her precise shooting, impressive ball movement, clever footwork and versatility to switch between goal attack and goal shooter. After spending time with the Central Pulse last year, superstar goal shooter Irene Van Dyk was an easy call up. Van Dyk is one of the most accurate shooters the world has ever seen and was never fazed by the physicality of the contest. Her strong holds, incredible ability to stand and deliver from right underneath the ring and silky footwork put her in a league of her own while her high volume of shots made her the complete package. On the bench is none other than the great Norma Plummer, along with the retired Tracey Neville while Collingwood Magpies assistant coach Nicole Richardson completes the team.

Who would win?

Although there is plenty of class across both sides the defence end of the commentators’ squad is stacked with a host of game changers. Both Ellis and Geitz are renowned for their impressive feats in big grand finals or gold medal matches making them a tough challenge even for the likes of the ever-impressive Van Dyk. Throw in the tried and tested combination of McMahon and Cox in the goal circle and the commentators side has the slight upper hand given their strong connections across the court and explosiveness.

Who wins in this hypothetical battle?
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Tippett shines brightest on international stage, while Fowler claims back-to-back SSN MVPs

AUSTRALIAN Diamonds’ shooter Gretel Tippett has capped off a wonderful 2019 season both on the international and Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) scenes to take home a number of gongs at the 2019 Netball Australia Awards. The goal attack was deemed the top performing international Australian Diamonds athlete throughout the 2019 season, taking out both the International Player of the Year Award and the Liz Ellis Diamond Award – becoming the first goal attack to do so. The Queensland Firebirds’ goaler also picked up a starting spot in the SSN Team of the Year and earned a nomination in the SSN Player of the Year despite her side finishing on the bottom of the table.

For the Firebirds, Tippett shot 394 goals from 411 attempts at an elite 96 per cent accuracy. She also picked up 325 centre pass receives, 130 assists and 10 rebounds this season from 14 games. Internationally, Tippett scored 67 goals from 70 attempts in the Northern Quad Series, 118 goals from 125 attempts at the World Cup, and 82 goals from 85 attempts at the recent Constellation Cup. All up, Tippett finished the year with 267 goals from 280 attempts, at a superb 95 per cent accuracy. Earlier in the season she also achieved the rare feat of 100 consecutive goals without a miss in the SSN. She won the International Player of the Year with Melbourne Vixens duo Jo Weston and Liz Watson the other nominees. Caitlin Bassett (100 caps) and Lisa Alexander (100 games as coach) were also recognised for their milestone achievements.

West Coast Fever goal shooting machine Jhaniele Fowler was awarded the SSN Player of the Year, shooting 709 goals from 753 attempts, also picking up 44 rebounds in a side that finished in the bottom three on the table. She won the award with Tippett and Sunshine Coast Lightning’s Karla Pretorius the other nominees. Meanwhile Melbourne Vixens dominated the SSN Team of the Year with a remarkable four players in the 10-player side, with no other side recording more than one player. The Vixens hold the entire midcourt with Watson, Kate Moloney and Renae Ingles, as well as goal keeper Emily Mannix. Joining her in the defensive goal circle is Pretorius, while up in attack it was no surprise to see Fowler and Tippett there. On the bench, NSW Swifts’ Sam Wallace, Collingwood Magpies’ Ash Brazill and Adelaide Thunderbirds’ Shamera Sterling rounded out the team.

GIANTS Netball young gun, Amy Parmenter took out the Rising Star Award for her work in the SSN for 2019. Parmenter made 14 appearances in her first season, racking up 57 deflections, 25 intercepts, 52 centre pass receives and 14 feeds, as well as 10 goal assists.

NSW Swifts’ premiership coach Briony Akle was named the Joyce Brown Coach of the Year for her work in taking the Swifts from the bottom four to a premiership in the space of 12 months. The Swifts finished second overall after the SSN season, and after losing the qualifying final to reigning premiers Sunshine Coast Lightning, bounced back to defeat Melbourne Vixens and then topple the Lightning on the road to claim their first SSN premiership. Announced earlier in the year but congratulated on the night, Victoria Fury’s Emma Ryde was named the Deakin University Australian Netball League (ANL) Player of the Year.

Earlier in the night, Cath Cox thanked the three retiring Australian Diamonds in Renae Ingles, Caitlyn Nevins and Caitlin Thwaites who played a combined 120 matches. Off the court, Anne Sargeant OAM and Margaret Pewtress OAM were elevated to Legends in the Hall of Fame which received a standing ovation from the crowd. Two netball icons were also inducted into the Hall of Fame, with Elsma Merillo and Sharelle McMahon earning deserved places. Stacey Campton was awarded a Service Award for her work with Indigenous communities and umpiring over multiple decades, Michelle Phippard was named the Lorna McConchie Umpire of the Year, as South Australian Georgina Sulley-Beales and West Australian Rochelle McKee were also recognised for their efforts in officiating the code.

2019 Individual Season Awards:

International Player of the Year: Gretel Tippett
Liz Ellis Diamond Award: Gretel Tippett
SN Player of the Year: Jhaniele Fowler (West Coast Fever)
Rising Star Award:
Amy Parmenter (GIANTS Netball)
Joyce Brown Coach of the Year: Briony Akle (NSW Swifts)
ANL Player of the Year: Emma Ryde (Victoria Fury)

SSN Team of the Year:

GS: Jhaniele Fowler (West Coast Fever)
GA: Gretel Tippett (Queensland Firebirds)
WA: Liz Watson (Melbourne Vixens)
C: Kate Moloney (Melbourne Vixens)
WD: Renae Ingles (Melbourne Vixens)
GD: Karla Pretorius (Sunshine Coast Lightning)
GK: Emily Mannix (Melbourne Vixens)


Attack: Sam Wallace (NSW Swifts)
Midcourt: Ash Brazill (Collingwood Magpies)
Defence: Shamera Sterling (Adelaide Thunderbirds)

Other awards:

Hall of Fame Legends: Margaret Pewtress OAM (posthumous), Anne Sargeant OAM
Hall of Fame Inductees: Elsma Merillo, Sharelle McMahon
Service Award:
Stacey Campton
Lorna McConchie Umpire of the Year: Michelle Phippard
Umpire Awards:
 Georgina Sulley-Beales (SA), Rochelle McKee (WA)