Australian netball giants Liz Ellis and Caitlin Bassett have been embroiled in a war of words following the latter’s contract snub of Super Netball clubs.
The former Australian netball captains were involved in a spicy off-court stoush after Bassett was snubbed by Super Netball teams despite being part of the Diamonds squad.
Bassett, 33, appeared to have been overlooked by Australia’s Super Netball clubs for the 2022 season, with the trading season closing on Friday.
Australia’s most limited player and now netball commentator Ellis commented that if Bassett was ‘considered good enough … someone would have picked her up’.
Former Australian netball captain Liz Ellis (above) has sparked a bitter word war with a star player after saying she was not ‘good enough’ to be selected for a Super Netball club
Caitlin Bassett took issue with Ellis’ comments and questioned why she was selected for the Australian team, but missed out on a Super Netball club
That prompted Bassett to take to social media to respond: ‘Hi Liz, it’s hard to show you’ are good enough ‘when you sit on the bench and the pigeon hangs into a rebounding role. How can a player be ‘good enough’ to be in the Australian squad but not make the pitch in SSN? Bassett tweeted.
Ellis said those were good questions that Super Netball clubs answered best.
After already closing the door to return for another season in the New Zealand competition, it leaves Bassett without an elite showcase to push for election to next year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and stranded on 102 Test caps.
Bassett switched to the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic this year after she was starved by the Giants’ court following a change in the Australian league rule that rewarded teams with double points for long shots.
Bassett, who is 196 cm tall, has long been considered the world’s best team shooter and without Super shots in international netball, he can still manage a place in the Diamonds squad.
Bassett has long been considered the best shooter in the world
Ellis said it was a ‘difficult and disappointing situation’ for Bassett, who is currently recovering from knee surgery, but felt no one ‘was entitled to a contract’.
Many of Super Netball’s goal shooting games are filled with imports.
The pair had different opinions about Super Netball’s unlimited import rule, which Ellis supported because it attracted the world’s best players.
Instead of limiting it, the former goal-oriented major called for a renewed Australian Netball League that fed into the top competition.
Bassett replied that Ellis’ perception came because she was no longer playing, so it was not affected.
‘I think the import brings amazing talent, but I also think we have just as talented Aussie athletes, I would love more opportunities to help them achieve their netball dreams,’ Bassett tweeted.
Ellis commented that if Bassett (above) was ‘considered good enough … someone would have picked her up’