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Thursday, 2 May 2019

The players giving Diamonds sleepless nights


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We’re only one week into the Suncorp Super Netball season and already Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander will be having sleepless nights trying to pick her best back-court combination for this year’s World Cup.

We knew competition for places in the squad was going to be hot but to see how many young players are stepping up and putting pressure on the senior members of the squad is extremely encouraging.

Last Super Netball season attackers in general, and shooters in particular dominated the MVP points, but Round 1 showed us that might not be the case in 2019.

Of the four matches, two of the MVP awards were handed to defenders - April Brandley, who got the MVP for Magpies and Emily Mannix for the Vixens.

But there were plenty of other defenders who really stood up, none more so than the Thunderbirds' Shamera Stirling, who took the game to the Fever, finishing with five intercepts, three rebounds and 11 deflections.  She was outstanding.

There were also some great performances from young defenders who will start to put pressure on Diamonds incumbents. Players like Sarah Klau, Maddy Turner and Emily Mannix had terrific first up performances.

There’s also Firebirds goal defence Kim Jenner; she had one of the best first quarters I've seen from a young defender in Round 1. If she can start to string together some good 60-minute games at that level of intensity she'll start to put some pressure on for the Diamonds.

I really love the young talent that's starting to knock on the door and saying 'we'd like to be considered as well'.

On the flipside, the Diamonds incumbents aren’t going to give up their spots without a fight.

Courtney Bruce suffered an elbow and wrist injury but was looking good until then.

Diamonds star Emily Mannix.

Vixens star Jo Weston started the season in particularly good form and then you’ve got Brandley, who was one of Round 1’s best players, putting together one of the best games I've seen her play.

Mannix was also an MVP in Round 1, so the current Diamonds are playing well and then there's this whole crop of younger players who are saying 'you might be playing well but we want you to have a look at us'.

With the defenders really stepping up it will be fascinating to see how the attack lines respond in Round 2 and beyond.

For me the real challenge is for the shooters to start to change their game up.

We’re only one week into the Suncorp Super Netball season and already Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander will be having sleepless nights trying to pick her best back-court combination for this year’s World Cup.

We knew competition for places in the squad was going to be hot but to see how many young players are stepping up and putting pressure on the senior members of the squad is extremely encouraging.

Last Super Netball season attackers in general, and shooters in particular dominated the MVP points, but Round 1 showed us that might not be the case in 2019.

Of the four matches, two of the MVP awards were handed to defenders - April Brandley, who got the MVP for Magpies and Emily Mannix for the Vixens.

But there were plenty of other defenders who really stood up, none more so than the Thunderbirds' Shamera Stirling, who took the game to the Fever, finishing with five intercepts, three rebounds and 11 deflections.  She was outstanding.

There were also some great performances from young defenders who will start to put pressure on Diamonds incumbents. Players like Sarah Klau, Maddy Turner and Emily Mannix had terrific first up performances.

There’s also Firebirds goal defence Kim Jenner; she had one of the best first quarters I've seen from a young defender in Round 1. If she can start to string together some good 60-minute games at that level of intensity she'll start to put some pressure on for the Diamonds.

I really love the young talent that's starting to knock on the door and saying 'we'd like to be considered as well'.

On the flipside, the Diamonds incumbents aren’t going to give up their spots without a fight.

Courtney Bruce suffered an elbow and wrist injury but was looking good until then.

Diamonds star Emily Mannix.

Vixens star Jo Weston started the season in particularly good form and then you’ve got Brandley, who was one of Round 1’s best players, putting together one of the best games I've seen her play.

Mannix was also an MVP in Round 1, so the current Diamonds are playing well and then there's this whole crop of younger players who are saying 'you might be playing well but we want you to have a look at us'.

With the defenders really stepping up it will be fascinating to see how the attack lines respond in Round 2 and beyond.

For me the real challenge is for the shooters to start to change their game up.

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