Tippett tipped as a rising star
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Former Swifts goal attack Gretel Tippett made her presence felt against her old side on Monday night. Photo: Rohan ThomsonQueensland Firebirds captain Laura Geitz says the unorthodox nature of goal attack Gretel Tippett makes her one to watch.
Geitz had plenty of praise for the emerging attacker after the side’s 51-47 win over the NSW Swifts, Tippett’s former side, labelling her a “star of the future”.
Tippett played close to her most decisive role in the side’s win over the NSW Swifts on Monday night.
A former WNBL player, Tippett’s background shines through in the way she plays, sneaking in at least a couple of basketball style lay ups per game.
The 21-year-old shifted back to her home state of Queensland from the Swifts at the end of last year to be closer to her family.
Tippett brings an unpredictability to her game and not just in the eyes of her opponents, Geitz said.
“I don’t think she knows what she’s doing half the time,” she said.
“She’s just a freak.
“She’s prepared to do the hard work, dig in, listen, be open and that’s why I think she’s going to go a long way.”
Geitz said the raw talent of Tippett made her an exciting prospect for the side.
“I think the thing with Grets is she’s so unorthodox,” she said.
“While she’s learning more and more about the game, setting screens, which you can see happening in her game, she’s still got this amazing athletic ability that not many goal attacks have.
“She’s physically so strong and fast.”
Tippett was one of a number of Firebirds who pulled off critical moves in the match against the Swifts to seal the game for Queensland, a fact that Geitz was quick to praise.
Her combination with Jamaican shooter Romelda Aiken continues to improve as they spend more time on court together.
It was the defensive efforts of the Firebirds across the court against the Swifts that proved the difference, from Tippett to midcourters Kimberley Ravaillion and Gabi Simpson.
The latter pair proved pivotal in the early stages, with Simpson finishing with a team-high four intercepts.
Goal defence Clare McMeniman did a sensational shutdown job on Diamonds shooter Susan Pettitt, a vital match-up win for Queensland in the tight contest.
Going into half time and three-quarter time the two sides could not be split and it took two runs of three unanswered goals from Aiken in the final quarter to keep the visitors at bay.
The Firebirds can leapfrog the Swifts into second place on the ANZ Championship with a win over the Adelaide Thunderbirds on Sunday at home.
“I think we’re in a great position,” Geitz said.
“I think it’s a good thing now that we’ve had our bye and we can just gather momentum and keep working forward.”
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