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Top 15 SSN training partners: #1 Emma Ryde

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 15 training partners stepping up to the Suncorp Super Netball plate in 2020. This countdown is purely opinion-based, taking into consideration recent form, individual potential and future development. Coming in at number one is none other than Collingwood Magpies goaler Emma Ryde, a dominant performer who has been unlucky to not receive a consistent contract at Suncorp Super Netball level.

Named the 2019 Australian Netball League (ANL) MVP, Ryde was crucial in the Victorian Fury outfit as a holding goaler, able to use her body cleanly to attract the defender and use the space to get hands to ball. With clean hands, accuracy and height to match, there is no denying the impact Ryde has when she takes the court. The 22-year-old made a fantastic return to netball in 2019 after taking time off for injury, using her netball smarts to take her game to a new level and ultimately playing at each level last year. At 197cm, Ryde can be a real target at the post with her ability to take on the contest, and with a strong work ethic and tactical mindset she can be a threat taking on any opposition. 

Coming up through the Victorian netball pathways, Ryde was snatched up by the Adelaide Thunderbirds as an injury replacement player in 2019, picking up a few domestic caps along the way although injury cut her time short. Playing four matches for the ailing Thunderbirds, Ryde shot 66 goals at 93 per cent accuracy, well and truly making herself known to the league as a handy option who can jump on court and have an impact. Ryde has also trained and played with Melbourne Vixens in the past, gaining valuable experience and court time and making for an impressive resume despite not taking the court consistently in the Super Netball.

Season 2020 sees Ryde join forces with Collingwood Magpies as a training partner, returning to Victoria once more and with the opportunity to learn from crafty veteran Nat Medhurst and Jamaican young gun Shimona Nelson, among a smattering of young Magpies stars coming up through the pathways. Still young and with plenty of potential, Ryde has plenty left in the tank and will hope to prove herself on the Super Netball stage once more in 2020.

Read our 2019 feature with Emma Ryde here.

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)
#8 Sharni Lambden (Collingwood Magpies)
#7 Jacqui Newton (Melbourne Vixens)
#6 Allie Smith (Melbourne Vixens)
#5 Elle Bennetts (GIANTS Netball)
#4 Brooke Allan (Magpies Netball)
#3 Tayla Fraser (NSW Swifts)
#2 Beth Cobden (Adelaide Thunderbirds)
#1 Emma Ryde (Collingwood Magpies)

Top 15 SSN training partners: #4 Brooke Allan

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. Inside the top five and in at number four is Collingwood defender Brooke Allan. With so much talent at our disposal, this countdown is purely opinion-based, taking into consideration 2019 form, individual potential and future development.

The 21-year-old defender is still coming into the prime of her netball career but has already shown that she has the potential to become a permanent figure in the Magpies outfit. Having spent time with the successful Geelong Cougars in the Victorian Netball League (VNL) and Victorian Fury in the Australian Netball League (ANL), Allan has displayed her class and defensive tenacity. Her ability move between goal keeper and goal defence is a testament to her on-court netball nous and endurance.

In her short career, the skilled goal keeper has been recognised for her netballing prowess with selection in the Under 19 Australian team while also taking home the grand final MVP in 2017 for her impressive efforts with Victorian Fury. After switching to the Tasmanian Magpies in 2018, Allan tasted further success helping guide her side to their first ANL premiership. With so many accolades already to her name, Allan will be hoping to extend to her trophy cabinet and take the leap to the next level and become a more commanding figure in the goal circle. Her pressure over the shot and physicality in the goal circle are just a couple of key components of her game style.

While she is yet to make her debut at Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) level, Allan displayed her elite capabilities in New Zealand taking part in the Super Club tournament where Collingwood came out victorious. Her strength under the post to keep the shooters at bay and put doubt in their mind is impressive. She consistently displays her ability to hold her own against challenging shooters with her quick footwork and ability to cleanly get around the body. Allan is deceptively light on her feet given her height and stature and makes full use of her long limbs to cause disruptions to the oppositions attacking flow. The Magpies defender is not afraid to back herself in the contest and is strong in the air, able to compete and force a turnover with her impressive timing and positioning.

Still honing her craft, Allan has exposure to one of the worlds most renowned goal keepers in Geva Mentor. The England Roses star oozes class, composure and sheer brilliance, always able to make something out of nothing such is her netball mind and skill. Throw in new recruit and Jamaican representative Jodi-Ann Ward and Allan has plenty of talent to model her craft off. With fellow youngsters Mel Bragg and Matilda Garrett also amongst the Collingwood defensive line-up, expect Allan to draw plenty of confidence from their rise up the ranks, hard work and on-court impact. Further exposure to the highest level of professionalism and netball talent will only help the young defender to perfect her role and become a force to be reckoned with in years to come.

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)
#8 Sharni Lambden (Collingwood Magpies)
#7 Jacqui Newton (Melbourne Vixens)
#6 Allie Smith (Melbourne Vixens)
#5 Elle Bennetts (GIANTS Netball)
#4 Brooke Allan (Magpies Netball)

Top 15 SSN training partners: #7 Jacqui Newton

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. Sitting at number seven on the countdown is Melbourne Vixens training partner Jacqui Newton. This countdown is purely opinion-based, taking into consideration 2019 form, individual potential and future development.

At only 23, Newton has already tasted success thanks to her defensive prowess and impressive skillset. In 2018 the interchangeable goal keeper, goal defender played in the grand final and took out the premiership title in the Victorian Netball League (VNL) with the City West Falcons. She followed up those efforts, going one better in 2019 helping to guide the Victorian Fury to title glory in the Australian Netball League (ANL).

Her ability to have a profound impact at both levels of netball is a testament to her commitment while her desire for success and to push herself further shows her dedicated mentality. She is not afraid to put her body on the line and throw herself at the ball passing by. Newton is an exciting player to watch, quick on her feet and offers consistency when on court. Standing at 185cm she is not the tallest defender but makes up for it with tenacity and quick footwork to get around the body of her opponents and remain in the hunt for the ball.

Newton has had limited exposure to the Suncorp Super Netball level playing just a couple of games but is yet to really crack into the market and showcase her array of talents. Surrounded by the likes of Australian Diamonds duo Jo Weston and Emily Mannix, Newton is aware of the workload and defensive attributes needed to make a splash at international level. Throw in Jamaican up and coming star Kadie-Ann Dehaney and Newton has no shortage of defensive masterminds to learn from, when it comes to perfecting her craft whether it be pressure over the shot or movement inside the circle.

While she is still developing, Newton has showed that she can hold her own up against some talented young guns in the ANL. The more suited goal defence is light on her feet, able to dart around the court and put in the blocks at the top of the circle to stop her opposing shooter from entering the circle with ease. She works hard on transition, constantly looking to re-offer across the court and bring the ball down to deliver to the attackers. Her strong ball movement and accuracy with ball in hand also puts her in good stead for a potential step up to SSN level.

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)
#8 Sharni Lambden (Collingwood Magpies)
#7 Jacqui Newton (Melbourne Vixens)

Victorian Netball League: Geelong Cougars claim their inaugural Championship title

WITH both teams fighting for their first premiership it was the Geelong Cougars that broke their hoodoo with a 14-goal victory over the Casey Demons (69-55). In their inaugural season the Casey Demons well and truly showcased that they have the skill and intent to put on a show but simply could not match the Cougars. After heartbreak last year falling to the City West Falcons, Geelong came out with a vengeance and took complete ownership in the third quarter piling on a whopping 22 goals to nine to all but secure the win. Geelong Cougars announced themselves as fierce contenders early in the finals campaign and did not look back going from strength to strength.

It was a see-sawing affair in the first quarter with the Cougars pushing out to an early lead before the Demons fought back to go into quarter time with a two goal lead. Cougars goal shooter, Ruby Horton slotted the first goal of the game and maintained that composure and accuracy throughout the quarter only missing one shot with nine goals from 10 attempts. With both sides neck and neck a huge effort in the dying seconds of the game from Karli Foster saw Casey claim possession and stream down the court credit to her clever and athletic block on the shot. The Cougars were doing everything in defence setting up clever zones to try and force turnovers and create easy pickings to stop the easy access into the goal circle but it was not enough with Erin Bell and Emma Ryde owning the circle.

Down by two goals at quarter time the Geelong Cougars put their foot down nailing three consecutive goals to take back the lead and did not look back. They upped their defensive pressure limiting Casey’s second phase work and clogging up the attacking third while using their precision and skill to transition down the court with ease. The Cougars got out to a seven goal lead midway through the second quarter but the Demons clawed their way back into the action credit to the work of Bell out the front and accuracy of Ryde under the post. Both Kassidy Withers and Shannon Blackman did a wealth of work across the court to hit circle edge and deliver well weighted passes into the circle for Casey.

The third quarter was a complete and utter masterclass from the Cougars who simply could not be stopped. Vanessa Augustini seemed to have the ball on a string in the attacking third for Geelong finding good space and using her quick hands into the circle to allow Horton and Julia Woolley to claim prime position under the post. Horton posted 13 goals from 15 attempts while her combination with Woolley was on full display with the two carving up the circle with their strong drives and clever cuts across the circle. Up the other end, Brooke Allan turned the match on its head with her sheer determination and desperation getting hands to ball credit to her impeccable timing and athleticism. She forced turnovers and competed hard for every ball while the work of Jessica Standfield and Victoria Honner out in goal defence paid dividends with the two backing up Allan in the circle. Melissa Bragg moved into centre midway through the quarter and provided plenty of dynamic movement prompting Allie Smith to make her way onto the court in wing defence and she did not miss a beat quickly into the thick of things. With the Cougars well and truly on top the Demons rung in the changes with Demi Woodlock, Foster and Natasha Petroff all rotating through the defensive circle but essentially it was to no avail.

With a 16-goal lead the Cougars continued their merry way while Casey mounted somewhat of a comeback. Ryde found good space under the post slotting 17 goals from 18 attempts in the quarter thanks to Bell, Withers and Christie Hillberg releasing the ball with confidence and accuracy. Bridgette Furphy, Emily Post and Georgette Paatsch made their way onto the court in the final term for the Cougars providing some fresh legs and strong connections down the court while Casey made no changes. They cut the deficit down to 14 goals but the Cougars were just too strong. Ryde finished with 47 goals from 50 attempts at 94 per cent while former Australian Diamond, Bell nailed eight from 11. Meanwhile for the Cougars the load was more evenly shared with Horton slotting 38 from 44 at 87 per cent and Woolley converting 27 from 32 while Furphy’s last quarter cameo was handy with four from four.

Emma Ryde Casey Demons 2019

Casey Demons’ pathway to finals

IN their inaugural season the Casey Demons have stormed into the grand final, well and truly announcing themselves as fierce competitors. Goal shooter Emma Ryde has been a key member in that charge, using her height and wingspan to her side’s full advantage.

“I think we are a bit of the underdog, I don’t think anyone expected us to make the grand final so we are just going with the ride,” she said.

The Demons overpowered North-East Blaze in the preliminary final with a convincing 16 goal victory and continued their hot streak to knock out minor premiers, City West Falcons by nine goals, edging themselves closer to their first premiership in their inaugural year.

The Demons are littered with a wealth of key players across the court with former Australian Diamond Erin Bell donning the goal attack bib and pairing well with Ryde in the circle. The two have formed a formidable duo in goals, finding good space and imposing themselves on the contest time and time again.

“I didn’t think that I would ever even get the chance to play with Erin so this year has been awesome learning from her,” Ryde said. “Obviously she (Erin Bell) played for the Diamonds and she has played Suncorp Super Netball. “So she’s an amazing player and I don’t think that I’ve played with a more confident player or goal attack so it’s been really awesome to get to know her as a person but also as a player.”

Ryde has been a key cog in attack for the newly formed Demons side, posting a whopping 1088 goals from 1099 attempts at 99 per cent, highlighting her ability to tear games apart with her accuracy and volume. But more importantly she has relished the opportunity to ply her trade at a new club.

“It’s been awesome. I absolutely love the club and I’m so, so, so glad I made the move to Casey,” Ryde said. “The people behind the scenes are just the best and most genuine people that I have ever met and that they really are entirely there for the right reasons. “They are there for the good of the club so it’s probably been the ideal environment that I needed to put myself into and it’s been really great.”

Throughout the season the Demons have gelled and formed a strong cohesive side despite their unpredictable nature.

“Definitely our strength is that we are very unpredictable, as I said this is our first year together,” Ryde said. “No one really knows us all together and we’ve got all different types of girls in our team so it’s really good that we can bring our bench onto the court and they will bring something different to the team so that’s exciting.”

But each side has a weakness, with Ryde pointing to the Demons’ win-loss ratio and inability to work through a zone defence as a concern for her side heading into the big clash on Wednesday.

“I guess our weakness must be that we’ve lost to Geelong both times that we have played them,” Ryde said. “They are quite good at the zone, that’s their type of defence so we need to work our way through a zone. But I think the Falcons did that to us last week and I think we played quite well doing that. “I think we can only improve and get better through the zones so I think Wednesday will be a good opportunity to see us grow through that weakness.”

With all of the excitement heading into the grand final it is easy to get carried away, but Ryde said that the Demons will carry on business as usual despite not being the favourites to take home the main prize.

“I’m trying to keep everything quite similar other than having to get off a plane last night so that’s been quite different for me in the last couple of weeks,” Ryde said. I’ll go about my week normally, go to the gym Wednesday during the day do a light session there and then head to the game. So no, I wouldn’t say I’m too superstitious but I’m going to try and keep a routine throughout the week.”

Heading into the grand final the Demons are aware of what they need to do to get over the line against Geelong given their ability to score quickly and force turnovers.

“We lost our last two matches to Geelong so we will just look at that and then just focus more on us and know that when we play our best netball obviously we have made it all the way here, and we think that we can win,” Ryde said.

Though the side may be inexperienced as a unit they have shown that they have the skill and belief to overcome threats in the competition, while the likes of Bell and Ryde can help to steer the ship and guide their team to victory.

“I think that we are really looking forward to the opportunity in our first season with the Casey Demons to play in a grand final so it’s exciting.”

Victorian Netball League Review: Round 2

ROUND 2 of the Victorian Netball League (VNL) saw the Geelong Cougars, North East Blaze, Peninsula Waves and City West Falcons continue their winning streak. While the Casey Demons suffered their first loss of the season, going down by 20 goals.

Geelong Cougars (59) defeated Hawks Netball (44)

Goal shooter, Ruby Horton led the way for the Geelong Cougars in attack posting a whopping 40 goals from 49 attempts. Her accuracy under the post, ability to find space in the circle and shooter to shooter interplay was pivotal in getting the Cougars over the line. She paired well with Bridgette Furphy (9/11) and Julia Woolley (10/11) who played their part in the goal circle. Defensively, Victoria Honner and Brooke Allan worked well together while the introduction of Georgette Paatsch into goal keeper in the third quarter was seamless. The Hawks struggled to combat the Cougars intensity but goal shooter Natalie Billings played her role in the goal circle contributing 17 goals from 18 attempts sitting at 95 per cent. Shae Gee’s radar was off for the Hawks only sitting at 67 percent while defenders Clare Johnson and Shannon Rennison applied some strong defensive pressure but it was not enough to quell the influence of Geelong’s shooters.

Melbourne University Lightning (49) defeated by North East Blaze (59)

The North East Blaze notched up their second win of the season with a convincing win against Melbourne University Lightning who struggled to move the ball down the court at times, credit to Blaze’s defensive pressure. North East got off to a hot start and held a three goal lead at half time before a dominant 17-goal third quarter pushed them clear of their opponents. Elizabeth Nicol was a shining light for the Blaze with her 43 goals sitting at an impressive 96 per cent for the game, while her partner in crime Sarah Hogan nailed 16 goals from her 20 attempts. Lightning defender, Fiona Fowler provided a lot of experience in the goal circle with her hands over pressure. Rebecca Winch showcased her accuracy under the post with 23 goals from 26 attempts while goal attack Mikaela Vaughan struggled with consistency sitting at 68 per cent.

City West Falcons (74) defeated Casey Demons (54)

It was a dominant display from the City West Falcons who doubled the Demons score in the opening quarter, heading into quarter time 11 goals up. But it did not stop there with the Falcons posting a 20-goal quarter in the fourth credit to their transition and solid connection down the court. The attacking flair of the Falcons and strong defensive pressure across the court allowed them to make the most of their opportunities, while the newly formed Demons struggled to combat the pressure and link up. Jane Cook was unstoppable for the Falcons with her 66 goals from 71 attempts, goal attack Tahnysha Salanoa played her part feeding the ball into the dominant shooter and putting up eight goals for the game. The Falcons kept an unchanged line-up until the last quarter when Anger Akec came onto centre and Imogen Sexton into goal defence. For the Demons, Emma Ryde was prolific with her smooth movement and strong holds in the circle posting 34 goals. She paired well with Kassidy Withers in at goal attack while wing attack Erin Bell was strong in the attacking third.

Peninsula Waves (51) defeated Ariels (39)

The Peninsula Waves were hot from the first whistle taking a seven-goal lead into half-time against the Ariels. As the game progressed the Waves nudged ahead to claim their second win of the season led by Sacha McDonald who dominated in the goal circle. McDonald used her dynamism, quick hands and accuracy to post get the Waves over the line nailing 28 goals from 33 attempts. The load was relatively even shard with goal shooter Madeline Morrison scoring 22 goals for her efforts. Kate Kelly-Oman was solid through the midcourt switching between wing attack and centre throughout the game. Ariels shooter, Sam Gooden was down on her accuracy sitting at 76 percent with 28 from 37 attempts but still carried the load for her side. Jessica Maher worked hard in defence moving between keeper and defence, while Stacey Gannon showcased her versatility rotating through goal attack, goal shooter and wing attack credit to her netball smarts and ability to influence the play.

Wilson Storage Southern Saints (42) defeated Boroondara Express (38)

The Southern Saints fought back to claim a four-goal win against Boroondara Express who held the lead early on, in the game. Thanks to a 14 goal second quarter the Saints took control of the game taking a five-goal lead into the main break. It was a tight tussle throughout the course of the game with both sides applying plenty of pressure in hope to try and win the ball back for their side. In the second quarter, the introduction of Sinead Lumsden into goal attack paid dividends with the goaler slotting 11 from 13 at 85 percent. She combined nicely with Samantha Silvester who used her clever positioning in the circle to dominate under the post shooting 25 goals. Boroondara Express displayed moments of magic and put up a fight but were unable to capitalise on their early lead. Tegan Stephenson showcased her versatility switching between goal defence and wing defence in the second half. Accuracy let the Ariels down with the team shooting average a mere 59 percent with goal shooter Clare Vearing only managing 28 goals from her 48 attempts.

Netball Draft Central coverage in 2019

AS the first official fortnight of Netball Draft Central nears the finishing post, we thought we would give a site update.

At Netball Draft Central, we aim to cover both international and domestic competitions throughout 2019. We have already begun covering the Vitality Netball Superleague in England, as well as the Northern Quad Series which comes to a conclusion over the weekend.

In the middle of February, the ANZ Premiership kicks off in New Zealand, while the Australian domestic competitions are staggered over the next few months. The Suncorp Super Netball begins in April and has a break for the World Cup in July, the Victorian Netball League begins at the end of March, while we will also cover the Australian Netball League, which is yet to set a formal fixture.

The World Cup is a major event this year in England, as will be the Southern Quad Series later in the year, and other regular international competitions such as the Constellation Cup and Fast5.

Netball Draft Central will have dedicated pages to all these competitions which can be found below:

AUSTRALIA:

Suncorp Super Netball (SSN)

Australian Netball League (ANL)

Victorian Netball League (VNL)

ENGLAND:

Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL)

NEW ZEALAND:

ANZ Premiership

INTERNATIONAL:

International competitions

 

Each page will have relevant news, fixtures/results and ladders, as well as special content throughout the year. There are plenty of exciting announcements to come for Netball Draft Central so stay tuned on the page.