SSN Player Focus: Maddy Proud (NSW Swifts)

AFTER missing out on selection in the initial squad for the Commonwealth Games, NSW Swifts’ Maddy Proud came out on the weekend and certainly showed the selectors why they had made a mistake in not selecting her.

Despite her team going down to the Sunshine Coast Lightning last weekend, Proud had a game to remember.

She finished the match with a whopping 57 feeds, which was almost double the next highest on the court and was the highest across all four games in the Super Netball.

By comparison, the next highest on the court was Steph Wood with 29, while the highest figures across the other three games were 45, 52 and 41 feeds.

She also finished with the most centre pass receives in the game, but interestingly she does not actually go for all the centre passes. At these, she would stay behind the transverse line and get in position to be that second pass off the centre pass and first into the attacking third.

This game was an example of the kind of player Proud is. She may not be the flashiest on court or get much recognition, but she is a hard worker and just goes about her role. She also never stops running, which is both impressive and very important from your wing attack. She played the full game too, which just shows how high her endurance is.

The disparity of her feed figure as opposed to the rest of her teammates shows how much she was relied on to drive the attacking pushes into the shooting circle. By comparison, her final feeds figure of 57 was 36 more then the next highest which was Paige Hadley.

Despite the disappointment of missing out on Diamonds selection, there is still an opening for Proud to make the final team, so if she keeps up performances like the one she had on the weekend, the Australian selectors would be hard pressed not to select her.

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