World News – UA – Former Fever star puts time on Australian career


Australian captain Caitlin Bassett will play in New Zealand next year, effectively chased by Super Netball rule changes

Bassett announced on Thursday that she would cut her contract with the Giants short and had signed a one-year contract with Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

The 32-year-old has had limited time on the pitch in Australian competition this season following the introduction of the two-point Super Shot, which is not used in New Zealand

Bassett hasn’t taken the court at all in the last three games of the season, although she was injured in training before the Giants’ final round draw

Since other teams have always been able to successfully use their sustain shooters, there has been a fallout with Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald preferring rising star Kiera Austin

Bassett said her decision was aimed at getting more time in court and she was still determined to play international netball

A two-time World Cup winner, she was recently named to the 2020-2021 Diamonds squad which will prepare to face New Zealand in a Constellation Cup series in early 2021

« I have had great conversations with key people within the Diamonds programs and we all agree that time in court is essential for my development, » Bassett said

« My intention is to be part of our Birmingham Commonwealth Games team in 2022, and I look forward to continuing to work with the team while playing for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic next year. »

Diamonds coach Stacey Marinkovich said he was unhappy to see Bassett quit Super Netball, but his Australian place was not in jeopardy

« While we are disappointed that Caitlin has decided to leave our national competition, we recognize and appreciate her contribution to the league over many years and respect her decision to move to New Zealand competition, » said Marinkovich. / p>

“Caitlin is a valued member of the Origin Diamonds team and we look forward to working with her and the rest of the group as we prepare to return to international competition in 2021″

Fitzgerald said releasing Bassett from the final year of his three-year contract was better for both parties

« Caitlin and I have had open and honest discussions during the latter half of the season and we both agree that now is the time for her to explore other opportunities, » said Fitzgerald

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