The Super Netball’s greatest tease have been urged to show their topsy-turvy kind round, and so they have the damaging duo to do it.
The Adelaide Thunderbirds have been urged to profit from having the most effective defensive duo within the Super Netball to maintain their finals hopes alive.
The Thunderbirds haven’t made finals within the historical past of the Super Netball nevertheless it seemed like which may change after they gained their first two video games of the season.
Watch Suncorp Super Netball on Kayo. Every sport of each spherical LIVE. New to Kayo? Try 14-days free now >
But they’ve stuttered since then and struggled for consistency, taking their followers on a rollercoaster journey of outcomes — 5 losses, win, loss and a win.
The Thunderbirds have been powered by their star Jamaican defensive duo of Shamera Sterling at purpose keeper and Latanya Wilson, who always snaring intercepts and offering loads of ball for his or her teammates.
In Adelaide’s Round 10 win over the Queensland Firebirds, Sterling and Wilson mixed for 9 features, three intercepts, 17 deflections and two rebounds as they nullified the Firebirds’ Gretel Bueta and Donnell Wallam.
Former Diamonds captain Laura Geitz lately labelled Sterling the “best goal keeper in the world” and her mixture with fellow Jamaican Wilson looms as an enormous menace to main groups together with Australia at this yr’s Commonwealth Games.
“I would be so nervous going into Comm Games,” ex-Diamonds shooter Kim Green mentioned on Fox Netball’s Centre Circle.
“That Jamaican connection between those two — any goaling international pairing going up against that — that’s going to be pretty tough.”
The Thunderbirds are sixth on the ladder and are just one win away from fourth spot, however they need to produce constant performances if they’re any likelihood to sneaky into the highest 4 and safe a finals berth.
“They’re showing signs that they are the real deal and that they can put their hand up and potentially be in finals,” Green mentioned.
Cath Cox mentioned she is sick of the Thunderbirds teasing their followers and needs to see them string collectively some constant performances.
“The Thunderbirds have to get a win … because I’m so over the up and down this season,” she mentioned.
“If they want to play well (and) be contenders, they need to back up performances.
“The Thunderbirds, you know what they’re like. They get so many gains but the (Round 9) game against the Swifts, they had 40 turnovers, they didn’t even get into the twenties in this game (against the Firebirds). To cut that in half in just three days was phenomenal.”
Green added: “And I wonder if Sterling sits back and goes, ‘Come on ladies!
“How much more can we do at the back for you guys to actually produce something at the front for us. Let’s step up’.”
Australian netball legend Caitlin Bassett believes the Thunderbirds have to determine a approach to convert all of the ball their defenders get into factors on the board.
“This is what we’ve seen over the years,” Bassett informed information.com.au this week.
“They show so much potential but when it comes to finishing off, they just can’t get there.
“I’d love to see some more structure. In their midcourt, they’re quite unstructured. They often have players moving to the same area of the court or they’ve all got leads happening on the same timing.
“I would love to see them start together and maybe work off each other, set some screens, have some more clarity in set up on court because I feel like when they do win the ball or when they do get a turnover, it’s just chaos.
“Sometimes they have a lead that’s on and they can get it down court easily, other times they struggle and they throw it away because they don’t have an option that’s ready and waiting.
“I feel like they don’t expect to get intercepts and when it does happen it’s a surprise and they’re caught out of play.”
The Thunderbirds tackle the Collingwood Magpies on Sunday afternoon in what looms as a should win sport for each groups.
Round 11 Super Netball video games
Queensland Firebirds vs Sunshine Coast Lightning — Saturday 5pm AEST
Melbourne Vixens vs NSW Swifts — Saturday 7pm AEST
West Coast Fever vs Giants — Sunday 2pm AEST
Collingwood Magpies vs Adelaide Thunderbirds — Sunday 4pm AEST