Resurgent Samsung Australian Diamonds star Gretel Tippett doesn’t always mean to do the layups and jump passes that might have some netball purists covering their eyes.
In fact, the 25-year-old says she’s actively working on finding a balance between delivering the consistency her team needs, and occasionally throwing in something for the highlight reel.
After arguably the best individual Suncorp Super Netball season of her career, and a stunning return to the Diamonds line-up in the Quad Series, she might just have found that equilibrium.
“That’s something I’m continuously trying to work on: making those good decisions and when to play patient netball and when to add some flair,” the Queensland Firebirds goal attack says.
“I don’t intentionally try to add the flair, it just kind of happens,” she laughs. “Sometimes I don’t even know how or why, but I just love being out there.”
“Making those good decisions is something that I think that throughout my career I’ll continuously be working on.”
Tippett’s performances for the Firebirds this year could hardly have been more impressive, with 283 goals at almost 90% accuracy in the home and away season, along with 238 goal assists. Her season was something of a statement, after she missed the final cut for Australia’s Commonwealth Games team.
Having been sent back with a list of things to work on, she dutifully ticked every box that she could, in the hope of earning her way back into the green and gold.