Maisie Nankivell is closely checked by Gabi Simpson

Maisie Nankivell is closely checked by Gabi Simpson. Credit: Suncorp Super Netball/Twitter

Round 2 in the Suncorp Super Netball this weekend was a whirlwind. This week sees a mixture of experience and youth named in this edition of the Team of the Week.

Round 2 in the Suncorp Super Netball this weekend was a whirlwind. The team of the week this time around sees a mixture of experience, youth and some familiar names we all know and love named.

You can read last week’s team here.

Goal Shooter – Jhaniele Fowler

Fowler had another dominating display under the post. Coming up against one of the all-time greats in Geva Mentor, she showed, why again she’ll be in the running for the league MVP once again this season. Her display on the weekend, just showed, that if you want to be the best, you have to go through her. She shot 58/61 this weekend against the Magpies, adding to her total last week and already putting a gap between her and second place in goals scored.

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Goal Attack – Gretel Bueta

It’s fair to say that Gretel Bueta is one of the best players in the Suncorp Super Netball and she proved that and some more this week. The 28-year-old shot a wonderful 23/25 against the Lightning’s quality defenders. Bueta also has earned her spot this week for her defensive work. It shows what an amazing player she is, working both ends court and doing the work to get the ball back for her team, grabbing two intercepts and six deflections against Sunshine Coast.

Wing Attack – Liz Watson

Watson was very unlucky not to feature in last week’s team of the week, but there was no chance we were leaving her off this time. The Vixens had a tough matchup against the Swifts and the 28-year-old had to work extremely hard to get the ball to her shooters. It felt as if Watson was always there on the circle edge, delivering 24 assists and 36 circle feeds. Her work ethic and drive got the Vixens down the court with ease, allowing the Swifts defenders no time to get set, thus, making it very easy on the Vixens’ shooters to get into position.

Centre – Maisie Nankivell

The all-round centre features in this week’s team of the week. Though her stats may not blow you out of the water, Nankivell had a real impact on the Thunderbirds’ win over the Giants last Sunday. The 22-year-old led from the front and help put Adelaide into a winning position in the second half. She’s as tough as they come and certainly someone you do not want to take one on one. Nankivell contributed a game-high 19 assists as well as 37 circle feeds, it was a wonderful performance by the mid-courter. Look out for her this season as she will go under the radar, but will make a huge impact on her squad.

Wing Defence – Gabi Simpson

As I mentioned last week, every team needs a great wing defence and the Queensland Firebirds have one in Gabi Simpson. She proved once again why she is the standard when it comes to the position. Not only did she blanket Laura Scherian, a great mid-courter in her own right. Simpson gathered three intercepts and four deflections to add to an already outstanding game. The Lightning’s mid-courters struggled to get the ball past Simpson all afternoon. Will the 29-year-old make it three from three next week, as the Firebirds take on the Thunderbirds in Round 3?

Goal Defence – Ruby Bakewell-Doran

It’s always great to see new faces playing well in the Suncorp Super Netball as it shows the amazing growth the league has. Bakewell-Doran was everywhere on Saturday afternoon against the Lightning. The 23-year-old made things super difficult for Australian Diamonds shooter Cara Koenen, proving that she is well and truly at the level. Bakewell-Doran earned the starting role this week as well, leaving Kim Jenner to sit on the bench for the majority of the game. She managed an amazing nine deflections, getting her hands in all the passing lanes of the Lightning and not letting them gain any momentum. With the way she played in this game, there is no reason Bakewell-Doran should not be starting in Round 3.

Goal Keeper – Emily Mannix

This was the most difficult position to decipher this week as defences were a real highlight this past weekend. I’ve gone with Emily Mannix who had her hands full all day with Helen Housby, who is leading her circle at the moment, as teammate Sam Wallace has gone down with an injury. Mannix had to be switched on playing against Housby, and she gathered five intercepts and five deflections leading the Vixens to a five-goal win over the Swifts. The 27-year-old played an all-round great defensive game and has started the season strongly.

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