Wayward kicking has not been enough to deny Brisbane a two-point victory over St Kilda at the Gabba, with the Lions moving back to second place on the AFL ladder.
Brisbane was off target for most of the match against St Kilda, having kicked 14 behinds
The Lions sit second on the ladder, trailing the Power via an inferior percentage
The Crows were behind by nine points at three-quarter time before the Cats kicked away for a 28-point win
The Lions triumphed 6.14 (50) to 7.6 (48) in the Sir Doug Nicholls Round encounter, despite scoring just one point in a tense final term in front of 13,750 nervous spectators.
Earlier on Sunday, Geelong was given a scare by the winless Crows before winning by 28 points at Adelaide Oval.
At the Gabba, Eric Hipwood took eight marks but let himself down with the boot, opting to go short with his first set-shot in a preference that appeared to set the tone for the afternoon.
He finished with three behinds and another set-shot that fell short, a worrying trend that allowed St Kilda to close within 10 points at the final change.
Saints forward Jack Billings squeezed a goal from close range to make it a three-point match, with Zak Jones’s behind being the final score of the match as the Lions’ defence scrambled well in the closing minutes.
Zac Bailey and Jarrod Berry (20 disposals, two goals) did the heavy lifting early with Lachie Neale and Dayne Zorko kept quiet.
Seb Ross did the job on Neale, who still finished with 19 touches, and Jack Steele (25 touches, 17 contested, 10 tackles) was allowed to run his own race for St Kilda.
Ryan Lester, Brandon Starcevich and Harris Andrews were solid in Brisbane’s backline, while Jones, Brad Hill and Dan Butler (two goals) threatened for St Kilda.
The win keeps the Saints on the outside of the top four ahead of their clash with Melbourne next Saturday, while the Lions — second on percentage behind Port Adelaide — do not play again until September 4.
Geelong survives stern test
The Cats entered the match against the winless Crows as heavy favourites.
But it took a final-quarter goal from Tom Hawkins and two more in the dying stages from Mitch Duncan for the visitors to finally break clear in a 9.11 (65) to 5.7 (37) victory at Adelaide Oval.
In the wake of Brisbane’s win, the Cats are placed third on the ladder, four points adrift of the top two teams.
Coleman Medal leader Hawkins finished with three goals, taking his tally to 33 in 13 matches this season.
Midfield stars Cam Guthrie (33 disposals), Patrick Dangerfield (27), Jack Steven and Sam Menegola (both 24) were all prominent in the Cats’ fourth consecutive victory.
Rhys Stanley kicked two goals while splitting ruck duties with Mark Blicavs and Esava Ratugolea.
Former Adelaide captain Taylor Walker provided early energy for the Crows in his 200th AFL match but finished with just three disposals amid lingering questions over his playing future beyond this season.
Geelong led for most of the first half but were unable to break clear of an Adelaide side on a 15-match losing streak and still searching for its first win under coach Matthew Nicks.
Soon after half time, goal sneak Shane McAdam beat three Cats opponents inside the forward 50 to scramble through his first AFL goal and drag the Crows to within two points.
Scores were level moments later but Cats speedster Gary Rohan wrested back momentum for the visitors with a goal on the run and Hawkins soon made it a 15-point buffer.
David Mackay’s goal after the three-quarter time siren gave Adelaide a sniff but the Cats withstood the challenge with three goals to none in the final term.
Matt Crouch was the Crows’ best with 22 disposals and 14 tackles, while Rory Laird (28 possessions) and Brodie Smith (21) were busy around the ball.
“The prolonged-bomb specialist … was constantly here, trapped in a video game plan that demanded the ball conclusion up beneath the publish. With the tremendous shot, she now has a chance to shine,” she wrote.
And shine they have.
Names like Steph Wood and Samantha Gooden have been lauded for their fantastic execution of the tremendous shot so significantly, including a bit of enjoyable and a tiny pizazz to spruce up the television product or service.
But what does all of this mean for the tall timbers? The Caitlin Bassetts of the netball environment?
In Saturday’s match concerning the Giants and Thunderbirds, the Australian captain sat out a big chunk of the video game.
In the opening spherical they ran with a crystal clear tactic to use Bassett in typical engage in prior to getting her off for the five-minute tremendous-shot period of time at the stop of the 1st, 3rd and fourth quarters.
She tried no two-level shots in that game and instead focused on what she is renowned for: accuracy ideal beneath the publish.
But the Giants went away from that in round two and Bassett only used about 32 of a probable 60 minutes on courtroom.
This is wonderful information for Keira Austin and younger Sophie Dwyer, who are getting some excess time in the purpose circle and should have to be there with their long-bomb abilities.
The only be concerned for Diamonds followers is just how significantly time Bassett will really get on court over the training course of the year. And are the Giants finding what they paid for her?
The two other tallest shooters in the league who perform a identical keeping game are Jamaicans Romelda Aiken and Jhaniele Fowler.
Aiken, like Bassett, has not sunk a super shot but and has been substituted on and off in identical vogue.
Fowler, on the other hand, has had additional accomplishment adapting. She built two out of 3 two-tips in the 1st game and four out of 7 in the next, and remained on court for the entirety of the two online games.
The West Coastline Fever only definitely have Fowler as their correct choice at objective-shooter, so it really is not clear regardless of whether the choice to continue to keep her on is dependent on roster restraints or has much more to do with her newfound skill to sink lengthy bombs.
But as the 2018 and 2019 Tremendous Netball MVP, with the most goals in equally individuals seasons (783 and 709 respectively), it is challenging to comprehend that a shooter that is been celebrated for these kinds of serious dominance could be pushed out of the recreation.
And in advance of Fowler graced our shores and Tremendous Netball began, it was Aiken successful MVPs remaining, suitable and centre in the Trans-Tasman Championship.
Profitable three of these awards in full, Aiken turned the initially player in the previous league to get to a milestone of 400 targets.
So is the sport completed with these gamers now their key skillset has been considered irrelevant for a 3rd of the sport? Will they be pressured to the bench or even overseas trying to find courtroom time if the tremendous shot remains upcoming 12 months? Or will they merely have to up their very long activity to continue to be suitable?
Suitable now, it appears the tremendous shot brings with it a ton a lot more concerns than solutions, casting an unsure potential more than the tall keeping shooters in the sport.
How will the tremendous shot have an affect on the intercontinental video game?
This prospects us to the following dilemma: What comes about to our Australian captain if she continues to miss courtroom time?
Our nationwide side — ranked range one particular in the earth — really has a scarcity of objective shooters to decide from suitable now.
Australia’s two strongest players that specialise in that GS bib are at present Bassett and Caitlin Thwaites.
Thwaites has not very long retired from international commitments and the rest of the commencing purpose shooters in Super Netball (with their level of experience) are all internationals.
There are some young guns coming up the ranks that perform that job, like Cara Koenen from the Sunshine Coast Lightning and Sophie Garbin from the NSW Swifts, but they are however locating their ft.
And there are plenty of target attacks that can shift into that job but are not really GS professionals, with considerably considerably less top.
So when it comes time for Constellation Cup range, what will the new Aussie Diamonds mentor do?
Undoubtedly the nationwide facet will adhere with C-Bass as captain for ongoing steadiness and working experience. But will the court time she has missed in Tremendous Netball have an effect on her operate in a inexperienced and gold gown?
And if Lisa Alexander’s sacking as Diamonds head coach immediately after the group were being runners up in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2019 Globe Cup by a single purpose is everything to go by, it is crystal clear Netball Australia expects good results calculated purely in the kind of gold medals.
This results in a conflict concerning attempting to develop the ideal league in the globe and the impact it has on the countrywide crew.
Right after the Commonwealth Games loss to England, Alexander made this honest evaluation: “I can’t say it any other way. I am the national mentor and [having English players in Super Netball] has clearly assisted them to acquire this gold medal.”
“That is our superior-performance procedure performing for yet another state.”
Will Tremendous Netball’s quest to be the very best league in the globe harm its national crew once again?
There is of study course a further alternative, one that Tremendous Netball organisers could possibly even be hoping for.
As the world’s very best league, the competition sets a precedent for the common of play needed to obstacle the leading canine and an case in point of how you create strong pathways to feed into your national side.
And there are at least 23 internationals benefiting from that by participating in Tremendous Netball this season. Each individual of these players will just take the competencies and techniques they study right here back to their nationwide groups when the league wraps up.
Other groups close to the planet have sought out Australian coaches in the latest moments in an exertion to get an perception into the way we play and to test to acquire out the longstanding quantity one particular workforce (Norma Plummer in South Africa, Jane Woodlands-Thompson for New Zealand and Tania Obst coaching England).
So now that the Australian style of play is becoming compelled to transform, adopting a going circle with long-bomb, convert and shoot practices, will the worldwide game observe match?
Tremendous Netball have operate a great number of polls and surveys floating the concept of a two-stage shot over the past number of several years.
But in spite of the truth enthusiasts and players have normally been opposed to the concept, now the league announced it would be implementing the rule for the 2020 year.
Tremendous Netball has employed two and 3-position pictures prior to in its Quick 5 format
Super Netball Chair, Marina Go, suggests a new rule for 2020 seeks to establish the fanbase and go after gender spend fairness
But groups say they have been not consulted, and fan-polls frequently reject the rule transform at the elite level
The ‘Super Shot’ will come into enjoy in the past five minutes of every single quarter and ought to be put up by a intention attack or purpose shooter in the selected zone from at least 1.9m away from the submit, on the edge of the circle.
Tremendous Netball CEO Chris Symington mentioned the rule would include an aspect of “thrill” to the activity and that the “time was ideal” for far more innovation.
The activity has used two and three-position pictures right before in its Quickly 5 format, likened to cricket’s T20 and rugby union’s Sevens variations of the match.
But lovers have usually been adamant that these forms of gimmicks were great as very long as there was a obvious distinction between the use of them in Rapid 5 tournaments and not in elite competitions.
Back again in March, Netball Australia place on an Australian Diamonds and Tremendous Netball All Stars bushfire charity relief match, the place the two-position shot was also trialled as a one-off exhibition match rule.
This sparked even more discussion among the neighborhood as to irrespective of whether it had a spot in standard netball and yet again, there was a resounding no from the sport’s fans and players.
The league recognised this angst and even revealed illustrations of these reactions on its Super Netball website.
Most took this as a sign their voices experienced been listened to, which feeds into component of their outrage all over the announcement currently.
Chair of Super Netball, Marina Go, defended the league’s decision on Twitter this afternoon.
But the players will not appear to be on board with her reasoning for the strategy.
Countrywide group captain Caitlin Bassett took to Instagram to declare her situation, suggesting netball’s next improve to make it much more “entertaining” would be to have on skimpier outfits like lingerie soccer.
Meanwhile, the Melbourne Vixens were rapid to launch a statement that the club and its players experienced not been given any warning the rule transform was coming.
Head coach Simone McKinnis declared she was “shocked” and that the information was “out of the blue”, just 6 months before the season begins.
But NSW Swifts head coach Briony Akle took a unique solution.
“Each staff is in the exact same boat so it really is the ones who react quickest who’ll be prosperous,” she explained.
“We have got some get the job done to do but I know my players can increase to a challenge.”
The reigning champions coincidentally polled their social media followers just final week, inquiring for view on this subject.
And though Paige Hadley and England’s Helen Housby have both of those expressed their position in opposition to the two-place shot, it appears to be like their mentor is not going to be allowing them dwell on the subject any longer.
“Twenty yrs in the past our very best Australian shooters could rating from any where in the circle and our defenders experienced to match them,” Akle reported.
“Liz Ellis and Cath Cox arrived from this era and they experienced rather good occupations, didn’t they?”
Tremendous Netball is due to start off on August 1, with fixtures nevertheless but to be introduced.