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Netball Draft Central: Volunteer writing opportunities

WITH Suncorp Super Netball around the corner the team at Netball Draft Central are looking for fresh faces to join the team. Already covering the ANZ Premiership this season, we are hoping to find volunteer writers who are interested in both competitions and have a passion for all things netball. 

In the past we have covered other leagues such as the Vitality Netball Superleague along with a host of Australian competitions such as the Australian Netball League (ANL), Victorian Netball League (VNL) and M-League, but have not been able to do so this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This diverse coverage of netball allows Draft Central to have a point of difference from many other netball news outlets catering specifically to netball fans across the globe. 

We are looking for minimum second year media/journalism students that have an interest in sport, particularly netball and are wanting to gain valuable experience with a dedicated team of writers. 

Writing skills, dedication, flexibility, and effective communication are all crucial characteristics to be a part of the Draft Central team. While writing experience is preferable it is not a necessity for this role.

If you are interested, please email Sophie Taylor at sophie.t@rookieme.com

Top 20 players over 30: #9 Jo Harten

THERE are a host of international players across the world that, much like a fine wine, have simply gotten better with age. With netball on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Draft Central takes a look at players that fall into the category of over 30 and still have plenty in the tank given their on-court prowess. Coming up next at number nine is England Roses and GIANTS Netball tall timber, Jo Harten.

Another highly talented goaler in our countdown who proves that age is just a number. While Harten has only just hit 31-years-old, she has more than shown over the past years that she is capable of adapting her play to be a more creative and versatile goaler. Typically sitting back in goal shooter with the Roses, Harten added another string to her bow playing in the Suncorp Super Netball, playing out in goal attack first with Susan Pettitt during the 2018 season before plying her trade out in front of Caitlin Bassett in 2019. 

While there was a real adjustment period for Harten and Bassett, Harten rarely skipped a beat throughout making the change, using her cleanliness and endurance to provide a tough option to stay on top of down the court. Standing at 188cm, Harten was unfazed jumping into goal attack, plying her trade at the post and playing a solid role defensively thanks to her long arms and wingspan, forming a threatening defender down the court.

With accuracy and an ability to shoot a high volume, Harten is a quality goaler if not for those traits, but also adding in her versatility and range of movement in the goal circle. A player driven by excitement and confidence, Harten can shoot from far and wide in the circle to form a crucial part of any attacking lineup, using her game smarts to interpret the play and adapt with grace. 

While Harten can at times allow the match to get the best of her, her craftiness allows her to find plenty of ball and work her way back into the game while her experience and range of abilities finds her in a real leadership role at the GIANTS. Just inside the top 10, Harten’s position is credit to consistency with the tall timber clever with her movement and unsuspectingly quick on her feet.

TOP 20 PLAYERS OVER 30:

#20 Stacey Francis (West Coast Fever/England)
#19 Laura Scherian (Sunshine Coast Lightning/Australia)
#18 Ama Agbeze (Severn Stars/England)
#17 Phumza Maweni (Sunshine Coast Lightning/South Africa)
#16 Jade Clarke (Wasps Netball/England)
#15 Chelsea Pitman (Adelaide Thunderbirds/England)

#14 Romelda Aiken (Queensland Firebirds/Jamaica)
#13 Madi Browne (Collingwood Magpies/Australia)
#12 Nat Medhurst (Collingwood Magpies/Australia)

#11 Mwai Kumwenda (Melbourne Vixens/Malawi)
#10 Caitlin Thwaites (Melbourne Vixens/Australia)
#9 Jo Harten (GIANTS Netball/England)

Top 15 SSN training partners #9 – Latika Tombs

WITH a number of netball leagues across the world being suspended due to COVID-19, the Draft Central team is taking a look at the top 15 training partners stepping up to the Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) plate in 2020. Just inside the top 10 at nine is GIANTS midcourter, Latika Tombs. This countdown is purely opinion-based, taking into consideration 2019 form, individual potential and future development.

The young midcourter is back for her second year at the club and with netball in her blood it is no wonder why the GIANTS were so keen to keep her. Tombs is still developing her craft and despite starting out as a defender made the seamless transition into the midcourt where she is renowned for her damaging strength. Although she is more familiar with the wing defence or centre position, the 19-year-old has been forced to mould into wing attack, a role that she has taken with open arms.

With help from the likes of superstar Kim Green, Tombs has been exposed to plenty of brilliance when it comes to ball placement and the perfect balance of speed and strength. Much like Green, Tombs is strong with ball in hand and most importantly treasures possession, carefully delivering the ball to her goalers. Her versatility is a clear element of her game play able to effortlessly switch between the three centre court positions.

She is no stranger to the big stage captaining her state to the Under 19s National Netball Championships while also spending time in the Australian Netball League to test her netball skills and stamina. Her ability to take charge of the New South Wales squad and lead on court is a testament to her commitment, understanding and on-court leadership to stand up when need be and more importantly deliver.

Tombs is a dynamic mover, able to sight the space across the court and drive hard into it to receive the ball and then dish off accordingly. She is strong around the circle edge, not often fazed by the defensive influence of other players and has proven that she can put pressure on the ball carrier with her three-foot marking. Playing alongside the likes of Jamie-Lee Price who is renowned for her doggedness at the contest, speed and undeniable hustle will only add to Tombs’ desire for success.

Meanwhile having the experience of Australian Diamonds Caitlin Bassett and England Roses goaler Jo Harten will further aide her development. Although she has made a few appearances at Suncorp Super Netball level, further exposure will help to increase her endurance and netball smarts and make her a potential player of the future.

TOP 15 SSN TRAINING PARTNERS SO FAR:

#15 Ashlee Unie (Sunshine Coast Lightning)
#14 Ruby Barkmeyer (Melbourne Vixens)
#13 Tippah Dwan (Queensland Firebirds)
#12 Matisse Letherbarrow (GIANTS Netball)
#11 Chelsea Blackman (Adelaide Thunderbirds)
#10 Sunday Aryang (West Coast Fever)
#9 Latika Tombs (GIANTS Netball)

Compare the Pair: Jo Harten and Ella Clark

THE next instalment in the Draft Central Compare the Pair series will aim to analyse two fan favourites from across the netball world, with the next showcasing England netball goalers, Jo Harten and Ella Clark.

With height and versatility to match, Harten and Clark may play a similar position and role but are completely different in the way they take on the court. Both goalers have had significant time with Loughborough Lightning in the Vitality Netball Superleague, albeit at different stages of their respective careers. As impressive shooters with high accuracy and spectacular long-range capabilities, they are both a real threat in and around the circle. Despite their height both goalers can match it with anyone down the court with their respective speed and ability to apply pressure. 

Harten has been a key cog for the England Roses for a number of years now credit to her dominance in the goal circle. Able to play both a volume and feeder role, Harten’s consistency and ability to play under pressure is what enables her to continue her dominance for so many years. Harten has played much of her international career at home in the goal circle but can switch it up when required to apply further pressure up the court, creating a formidable figure to come up against at the post. Her accuracy from a distance and impressive split allows her to be a force to be reckoned with from anywhere in the circle while her continued consistency and ability to change up her game could see her continue this form and dominance for a few more years on the international stage. She is a real barometer for any side able to turn a game on its head with her composure and netball smarts to organise the attacking end and have a profound impact. 

A dual athlete for both netball and basketball, Clark is no stranger to being in the spotlight and has really formed herself as an exciting goaler to watch on court. With a strong drive down court and long-bomb ability similar to Harten’s, Clark is another who can work her way into a game with ease thanks to her versatility down the court and long arms to apply pressure. At 190cm Clark is an imposing figure and difficult to defend, especially when combined with her impressive speed off the mark and willingness to contest for the ball. While Clark has only the five international caps to her name, she has a drive to improve with her classy ball movement and clean hands, creating a name for herself as a difficult goaler to take on when she is on her game.

Jo Harten
107 caps, 2007-present

Ella Clark
5 caps, 2016-present

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Draft Central’s Top 25 International Young Guns countdown – #15/#14

WITH a number of netball leagues across the world being suspended due to COVID-19, the Draft Central team is making a case for the top 25 players under 25-years-old across the netball world. Next up are a couple of midcourters with New Zealander Whitney Souness and up and coming GIANTS star Amy Parmenter. With so much talent at our disposal, this countdown is purely opinion-based, taking into consideration recent form, individual potential and future development.

Coming into the prime of her netball career, Souness has become an integral part of every midcourt whether it be at a national or international level. The speedy wing attack or centre made the switch to Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic at the end of last season after winning the premiership with Central Pulse where she had a standout season playing along with the likes of Aliyah Dunn and Ameliaranne Ekenasio. Although she has only managed a couple of games this season due to the coronavirus outbreak she has not skipped a beat, finding her groove straight away thanks to her high netball IQ and understanding. She is strong around the top of the goal circle with her quick hands and impressive vision to deliver well-weighted passes into the circle. Throw in her ability to push off and generate speed with either foot and dynamic movement and Souness is a handful in the attacking third along with her spatial awareness. Already having an impact with the Silver Ferns having debuted in 2017 Souness will be hoping to further cement her role in the black dress with her increased endurance, smarts and ability to seamlessly transition the ball down the court.

Claiming number 14 on the countdown is Amy Parmenter with the Australian midcourter well and truly bursting onto the scene in season 2019. The talented centre come wing defence made a lasting impression with her defensive pressure and ability to stand up against any foe. Not overawed by the high stakes and intensity of the Suncorp Super Netball (SSN), Parmenter was a real leader through the midcourt charging at any ball that came her way and locking down opponents with her smothering style of defence. She was not afraid to go out hunting using her quick acceleration to disrupt the oppositions attacking end and propelling the ball back down the court thanks to her attacking mindset. Parmenter is strong at the transverse line consistently providing an option to reset the play and use her quick feet to get around the body of opponents. She can turn a game on its head with her ability to force turnovers or garner deflections making her an exciting prospect for Australian netball for years to come given she is only 22 years old.

Top 25 so far:

25. Latanya Wilson (Jamaica)
24. Summer Artman (England)
23. Sophie Drakeford-Lewis (England)
22. Matilda Garrett (Australia)
21. Razia Quashie (England)
20. Sophie Garbin (Australia)
19. Imogen Allison (England)
18. Kelly Jury (New Zealand)
17.Tara Hinchliffe (Australia)
16. Aliyah Dunn (New Zealand)
15. Whitney Souness (New Zealand)
14. Amy Parmenter (Australia)

Suncorp Super Netball: 2019 Awards season wrap

WITH both the Suncorp Super Netball officially over and award season done and dusted we look at which players took out the Most Valuable Player award at each club and their 2019 season.

Adelaide Thunderbirds: Maria Folau

The New Zealand Silver Ferns recruit had a huge influence on the Adelaide Thunderbirds leading from the front with her strong intent, accuracy to post and silky movement across the court. She proved to be a real general in the attack end controlling the flow and ball movement while also setting up plays to keep her side within striking distance. Folau offered plenty of leadership and was composed under pressure finishing the season with 331 goals.

Collingwood Magpies: Geva Mentor

After crossing from Sunshine Coast Lightning, Mentor did not skip a beat with the talented defender putting up a wall in defence and applying her signature pressure. The England Roses international displayed her class to cleanly get around the body of her opponent and force turnovers with her hands over pressure. Her timing and ability to read the play was vital to Collingwood’s success with the defender finishing with 33 rebounds, 86 deflections and 40 intercepts.

GIANTS Netball: Jo Harten

The English international maintained her hot form taking out the GIANTS MVP award after once again plying her trade in goals. Harten was cool, calm and collected carving up the court with her movement, drives and vision to open up the circle. Her ability to switch up her game plan from a holding shooter to a moving goaler is impressive and caused headaches for opposition sides. Harten finished the season with 302 goals from 376 attempts along with 142 assists credit to her ever growing partnership with Caitlin Bassett.

Melbourne Vixens: Emily Mannix

After a relatively quiet start to the season Mannix well and truly hit her straps in the latter half of the year upping the defensive pressure and leading the backend with her attacking mentality. The goal keeper did not take a backwards step throwing herself at every cross court ball and using her lean over the shot to worry her opponents out of going for goal. Mannix racked up 45 intercepts, 61 deflections and 14 rebounds to cap off her stellar season.

NSW Swifts: Sam Wallace

The Trinidad and Tobago goal shooter took her game up a level this season letting her laid back nature do the talking. Wallace was influential under the post for the Swifts oozing composure and class to take the ball in confined spaces and capitalising on her opportunities with 648 goals from 695 attempts. She used her silky footwork to edge closer to the post and stood up in the big matches when called upon.

Sunshine Coast Lightning: Karla Pretorius

In another exceptional season, Pretorius reigned supreme notching up her second Player of the Year credit to her tenacious nature and uncanny ability to win the ball back for her side. The goal defence went about her business using her speed and go-go gadget arms to full advantage picking up 69 intercepts, 72 deflections and 12 rebounds.

West Coast Fever: Jhaniele Fowler

The Jamaican goal shooter was the shining light for West Coast who struggled to live up to the hype of last year. She at times single handily won them games thanks to her commanding presence under the post, accuracy and volume. Fowler used her netball smarts to position well in the circle and win one on one battles with the defenders nailing 709 goals from 753 attempts at a staggering 94 per cent while also picking up 44 rebounds.

Queensland Firebirds: Gretel Tippett

Although it was a disappointing year for the Firebirds, Tippett took complete ownership across the court with her unpredictable nature, attacking flair and explosiveness. Renowned for her unorthodox style, Tippett went to a whole other level in season 2019 taking the lead in the attacking third and highlighting her accuracy to post with 394 goals from 411 attempts at 96 per cent. Her efforts under the post were equally matched by her work up the court notching up a massive 325 centre pass receives along with 130 assists to round out an incredible season.

GIANTS abolish the Thunderbirds

THE Adelaide Thunderbirds are still yet to beat the GIANTS in Suncorp Super Netball while the 11-goal win puts the GIANTS in the top four after six rounds. Errors swung the ball backwards and forwards for the first few minutes of the match before the teams settled in. The Thunderbirds were the first to score with both sides off to a slow start before the GIANTS gained their composure with their transitions from defence into attack seamless. Meanwhile, the Thunderbirds struggled to work the ball down to their attacking end safely.

Shadine Van de Merwe was tasked with a difficult opponent in her first Suncorp Super Netball game, up against GIANTS veteran Kim Green. It was a physical contest from the first whistle with both players doing their best to get in front of the other and out-muscle one another to win the ball for their respective side.

The GIANTS got ahead of the Thunderbirds by a couple of goals in the first quarter with Jo Harten slotting her 1000th Suncorp Super Netball goal. Harten found good space in the opening term, outscoring her shooting partner with nine straight and showcasing her sheer class to create clever attacking forays. The battle between Roses’ teammates Harten and Thunderbirds goal defence, Layla Guscoth provided plenty of excitement with both players going toe to toe throughout the match. Guscoth picked up four deflections, one intercept and one gain for the game but was outshone by Harten who put on a show in the goal circle. However, in the final minutes of the first term the Thunderbirds were able to convert a much needed goal to only be one goal down heading into the second quarter.

The GIANTS stretched their lead in the second quarter, taking full control of the match. Jamie-Lee Price was exceptional through the mid-court, hitting the circle edge quickly and feeding the ball over the top of the Thunderbirds defenders. Sam Poolman and Kristiana Manu’a were strong in defence with their footwork making it difficult for the Thunderbirds to find a safe place to feed the ball. They both worked well to confuse the space and applied good hands over pressure to limit entry into goal for the Thunderbirds shooters.

Five-goals up at halftime, the GIANTS continued to power on in the third quarter. Struggling to find their way across the court and transition, the Thunderbirds made some big changes to shake up their midcourt and defensive end. Hannah Petty came on for the Thunderbirds with Kelly Altmann moving to the bench to start the quarter. Shamera Sterling was also moved to the bench during the quarter with Caitlin Bassett dominating their battle on the court. Bassett showcased her experience and netball knowledge to outsmart Sterling who struggled to combat the attacking prowess of the Australian captain under the ring. Kate Shimmin replaced Sterling in the third term and immediately got a deflection, but it was not enough to spark the Thunderbirds.

The Thunderbirds upped the ante in the last quarter moving the ball into the circle better but it was not enough as the GIANTS proved too strong for the Thunderbirds, extending their eight goal lead from three quarter time to win by 11. Sasha Glasgow and Maria Folau both shot well for the Thunderbirds, but the defensive pressure from the GIANTS continued to make each feed into the circle difficult.

Down the other end of the court, the GIANTS were smooth as they carefully threaded the ball through the midcourt, with their connections increasing with each and every game. GIANTS young gun Amy Parmenter was named player of the match for her job on Chelsea Pitman, finishing the match with seven gains and four intercepts. In comparison, the entire Thunderbirds side finished the match with only four intercepts between them, a low number for the side. The combination between Harten and Bassett is also continuing to grow for the Giants with the two shooters sharing the workload, with Harten slotting one more goal than Bassett.

The Thunderbirds will take on the Sunshine Coast Lightning next while the GIANTS will go up against the West Coast Fever.

STARTING LINE-UPS:

GIANTS Netball:

GS| Caitlin Bassett
GA| Jo Harten
WA| Kim Green
C | Jamie-Lee Price
WD| Amy Parmenter
GD| Kristiana Manu’a
GK| Sam Poolman

Adelaide Thunderbirds:

GS| Sasha Glasgow
GA| Maria Folau
WA| Chelsea Pitman
C | Kelly Altmann
WD| Shadine Van de Merwe
GD| Layla Guscoth
GK| Shamera Sterling

SSN Head to Head: Round 5

IN each round we will identify one key match-up and provide an in-depth analysis of both players and compare the two styles. In Round 5, we take a look at the midcourt battle between two international players, New Zealand star centre Laura Langman, and Australian opponent, Jamie-Lee Price.

Sunshine Coast Lightning vs.GIANTS Netball

LAURA LANGMAN (C) v. JAMIE-LEE PRICE (C)

Both Laura Langman and Jamie-Lee Price possess very similar game styles in the way they attack the ball and have a more defensive mind set compared to other centres in the competition making for a hot contest between the two.

Laura Langman is renowned for her ability to run all day and deliver pin point passes at full stretch to her teammates. She is one of a kind and plays an integral role through the midcourt for the Lightning with her speed and control two important features in her game. The New Zealand Silver Ferns veteran oozes class, skill, experience and excitement making her one of the most entertaining players to watch. Langman is in a league of her own credit to her ability to switch between attack and defence doing a wealth of work to move the ball down the court quickly and easily while also applying strong hands over pressure. Her speed also enables her to get timely deflections while her back up play across the court showcases her ability to read the play with ease.

The GIANTS wing defence turned centre has relished the extra court space. With her defensive pressure a key asset of her game the move into the centre has allowed her to develop her attacking flair.Price is renowned for her deadly arm and impressive vision to let go of piercing passes to split the defenders. Her hands over pressure and marking ability to take players out of the game is a real feature of her game while Price uses her speed and dynamic footwork to get around her opponents and create space. Working with Kim Green in attack, Price has been able to shoulder the attacking load meaning she can apply strong defensive pressure, take timely intercepts and get clever deflections to disrupt the attacking flow of the opposition.

With both players physical and strong to the ball expect a hot contest with no ball going unchallenged given their intensity and desire to win the ball at all costs. If Langman is able to get on top of the contest early she will be able to control the tempo of the game for the Lightning and help spur them towards victory. But if Price is able to chip away and remain a constant threat she will be able to reduce the influence of Langman who thrives on physicality and speed.

Team of the Week: SSN – Round 3

ROUND 3 of Suncorp Super Netball brought plenty of excitement and interest, with only two sides remaining undefeated- the Swifts and Vixens, while last year’s minor premiers, finally got a win on the board. The Melbourne Vixens were dominant against the Adelaide Thunderbirds while the West Coast Fever had 80 goals scored against them for the second week in a row. The Sunshine Coast Lightning steamrolled their state rivals while the GIANTS shocked the Magpies. Strong performances from the Lightning and Swifts sees them dominate the Round 3 edition of Draft Central Team of the Week, with four players for the Lightning featured and three for the Swifts. While the Melbourne Vixens have one player selected from their match against the Thunderbirds. Despite the loss, one Thunderbirds player has made the team, alongside a standout from the Firebirds in their loss to the Lightning. Although, the GIANTS were good in their win against the Magpies, they were unable to take a position in this week’s team, missing out alongside the Fever and the Magpies.

GK: Shamera Sterling (Adelaide Thunderbirds)

Coming off an average performance last week, Shamera Sterling was outstanding against the Melbourne Vixens. Sterling had six gains and four intercepts in the last quarter alone which contributed to her haul of 13 gains and five intercepts for the match. She kept on her toes to confuse the space around Caitlin Thwaites and despite losing the match did well enough to earn herself a position in this week’s team.

GD: Karla Pretorius (Sunshine Coast Lightning)

Karla Pretorius returns to the team for the first time this season after an impressive match against the Firebirds. She worked well alongside SPAR Proteas teammate Phumza Maweni, their connection evident as she was able to drift from her opponent and intercept the ball throughout the match. Pretorius’ quick footwork and ability to read the play resulted in turnover after turnover going the way of the Lightning. Ending the match on eight gains and seven intercepts Pretorius was vital to the Lightning in their win over the Firebirds. Pretorius also claimed her 100th league intercept becoming the first to do so in Suncorp Super Netball.

WD: Renae Ingles (Melbourne Vixens)

After returning to netball halfway through last season, Renae Ingles often flies under the radar as many unsung heroes in the wing defence bib do, however, she shone against the Thunderbirds. Stealing the attention away from many of her other big-name teammates, Ingles finds herself in our team this week with her five gains and two intercepts. Not only did Ingles hunt the ball well, she effectively took Hannah Petty and Kelly Altmann out of the match, keeping their feeds low. Ingles also did a good job on Chelsea Pitman before Pitman suffered an injury that unfortunately took her out of the match.

C: Paige Hadley (NSW Swifts)

Paige Hadley is having a ripper start to the season. She has been consistent and driven for the NSW Swifts making her a key part of their undefeated run. Bringing a defensive edge to the centre position she was outstanding against Verity Charles on the weekend. Pairing well alongside teammate Maddy Proud, there is not much the dynamic mid-court duo cannot do at the moment. Finishing the match with the highest number of feeds for the round on 42 she worked well across the court, shutting down the momentum of Fever’s attack while firing in her own attack end.

WA: Maddy Proud (NSW Swifts)

It is hard to talk about one of the NSW Swifts key mid-court players without talking about the other. Maddy Proud was fantastic against West Coast Fever’s Jess Anstiss. Proud shared the workload with Hadley, only passing one less feed into the circle. Her feeds into the circle were solid and their accuracy alongside the accuracy of Hadley’s were part of how the Swifts managed to score 80 goals against their opposition. Proud was also quick at switching into defence alongside Hadley with both players adding an intercept and a gain to their names this week.

GA: Gretel Tippett (Queensland Firebirds)

It may seem a little contradictory to have two players who were directly opposed to each other in the Team of the Week, however, no one else took on the role of goal attack like Gretel Tippett did this week. She put up a massive number of goals compared to her usual workload and nailed every single one of them, finishing the match with 40/40. Tippett did a wealth of work in the goal circle to open up room for her teammates and used her athleticism to burn off her opponent. Tippett also stepped up to the challenge of being her team’s primary shooter as Romelda Aiken was shut down and youngster Amy Sommerville struggled to break free of the strong opposition.

GS: Peace Proscovia (Sunshine Coast Lightning)

It was a tough decision over who should get the goal shooter bib this week, but in the end, Lightning’s Peace Proscovia won, for the second week in a row. Proscovia shot 53/55 during the match against the Firebirds. Her movement and dominance in the goal circle made it easy for her teammates to feed the ball in. On occasion when an off feed flew near her she was able to pluck it from the air with ease as if nothing were wrong. The inexperience of the Firebirds’ defence was exploited with how easily Proscovia was able to out-manoeuvre her opponents. In their struggle to find an answer to Proscovia and the Lightning’s fast attack, Firebirds coach Roselee Jencke threw their goal shooter Aiken down into goal keeper to try to make an impact. The move did work for a bit, however, Proscovia and the Lightning adjusted credit to her ability to hold strong and command the ball.

BENCH: Sam Wallace (NSW Swifts), Laura Scherian (Sunshine Coast Lightning), Phumza Maweni (Sunshine Coast Lightning) Two more Lightning players in Laura Scherian and Phumza Maweni have made their way onto this week’s bench alongside Swifts superstar Sam Wallace. Goal keeper Maweni was massive against the Firebirds, keeping Aiken to only 10 goals in a half while doing plenty of work to give Pretorius space to chase the ball. Maweni also finished the match with six gains and five intercepts of her own. Lightning teammate Laura Scherian takes the mid-court position on our bench for her speed and agility which outclassed the Firebirds. Scherian was able to zip back and forth across the Lightning attacking end to hit the circle edge smoothly time and time again with 37 feeds and a strong unit around her she made it look easy. Rounding out our bench is Sam Wallace who missed out on our goal shooter position by the smallest fraction this week. Wallace has been up there as one of the top shooters so far this season but has gone under the radar a little. This week she was part of the Swifts’ record equalling 80 goals, scoring 62/66. Her command of the goal circle resulted in the Fever trying player after player in goal keeper to try nullify her, but they were unable to halt Wallace’s onslaught of goals.

SSN Head 2 Head: Round 3

IN each round we will identify one key match-up and provide an in-depth analysis of both players and compare the two styles.

GWS GIANTS v. Collingwood Magpies

KIM GREEN (WA) v. ASH BRAZILL (WD)

It will be a highly competitive match-up with both players renowned for their speed and sheer athleticism. Over their careers they have come up against each other multiple times causing great intrigue and excitement for all watching. It is the first time this season that both will match-up against each other and will want to stamp their authority on the competition.

Coming off her 200th game last the speedy wing attack and centre Kim Green proved that she has plenty left in the tank. She copped a couple of nasty knocks in the second term did not seem to deter Green from taking the hard drives to the top of the goal circle and dishing off bullet like passes. The veteran wing is renowned for her impeccable vision, impressive work rate and ability to find space that no one else can. Meanwhile her strength is second to none along with her insane balance to ensure that she can take the ball at full strength and pass off to a teammate with ease. Green also applies good defensive pressure going with her opponent step for step and denying easy access to the ball.

On the other hand, fan favourite Ash Brazill has continued her hot form thanks to her amazing athleticism. She offers great drive out of the back end for the Magpies and is relishing that extra protection to go for the big intercept. Her closing speed is second to none using her acceleration to pick pocket her opponents. Brazill’s footwork is also equally as skilful to cautiously and cleanly manoeuvre around her opponent on the circle edge to get a clever tap or disrupt the play. She also does a wealth of work off the ball blocking her opponent from making drives and working hard at the transverse line to provide back up play.

Given both players are physical at the contest and are not afraid to put their body on the line expect a ferocious battle. If Green is able to get on top it will a go a long way in providing her goalers with first access to post. But if Brazill shuts down Green the GIANTS will be starved of opportunity as she is the real play maker in that attacking end.