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2021 Stats wrap: SSN Round 8 and ANZ Premiership Round 10

A BIG round of ANZ Premiership action led to plenty of huge stats, while a split round of Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) put the microscope on plenty of players across four of the eight teams, as both NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball came away with comprehensive wins. We take a look at some of the standout performances and highest stats from the week.

GOALS:

Once again it was Grace Nweke who led the charge to post during Round 10, with the Mystics tall timber wreaking havoc in her side’s win over the Pulse. Finishing with 54 goals at 86 per cent, Nweke was hard to stop and utilised her adaptability to adjust to the physicality with ease. Ellie Bird returned to full strength after being ruled out with concussion last week, not skipping a beat as she piled on 47 goals from 58 attempts during her 47 minutes on court. Maia Wilson added another 38 goals to her season tally while both Caitlin Bassett‘s and George Fisher‘s outings were cut short, putting 32 and 22 goals on the board respectively. In goal attack, Tiana Metuarau and Te Paea Selby-Rickit led the charge with 19 from 23 apiece, while Te Amo Amaru-Tibble (16 goals from 20 attempts), Jamie Hume (13 from 19) and Khiarna Williams (12 from 13) all found double digits.

In the SSN, Sam Wallace was back to her winning ways after an uncharacteristic off-week last round, showcasing her match-winning ability with a 51-goal haul and commanding ball into the circle. She was countered by fellow tall-timber Romelda Aiken with the Jamaican adding 39 goals to her season tally, while Helen Housby and Gretel Bueta provided valuable assisting roles with 11 and 10 goals, respectively. It was a shared effort across the second game, with Jo Harten (26 goals from 34 attempts) and Sophie Dwyer (24 from 30) sharing the load for the GIANTS, while Lenize Potgieter (24 from 30) and Georgie Horjus (13 from 20) kept the scoreboard ticking along.

MIDCOURT:

It was once again Peta Toeava who starred through the midcourt this round, with the wing attack continuously finding Nweke with ease and precision to rack up 29 goal assists from a whopping 45 feeds. Whitney Souness was next in line with 23 from 32, while Selby-Rickit’s playmaking ability was clear for the Tactix adding 24 goal assists to her goal tally. Sam Winders registered 21 goal assists in her side’s loss, while Gina Crampton and Mila Reuelu-Buchanan shared the load for the Stars, registering 21 and 20 assists respectively. Whilst not huge on the attacking front, Kate Heffernan created four intercepts out in centre as Kimiora Poi added two intercepts to her tally. Souness led all-comers on the centre pass receives with 37, while Magic wing attack Tori Kolose (30) and Shannon Saunders (28) were not far behind.

It was a good week to be Maddy Proud, as the Swifts midcourter switched up the gears for an all-round performance against the Firebirds. The centre racked up 19 goal assists from 33 feeds and also created two intercepts, while partner in crime Paige Hadley registered 22 assists from 36 and 25 centre pass receives. The two also combined for 10 pickups. Kim Ravaillion piled on 18 goal assists to lead all-comers for the Firebirds, while a shared effort from the Thunderbirds saw Maisie Nankivell register the most assists for the side with 11 and two gains. Shadine Van Der Merwe (two intercepts) put in the hard yards throughout her 43 minutes on court, although her direct opposition in Maddie Hay finished with 18 assists from 37 feeds and a gain. Amy Parmenter had a day out, piling on the defensive pressure to finish with five gains (two intercepts and eight deflections).

DEFENCE:

With so much defensive talent across the board in the ANZ Premiership, it was once again a huge showing at the back-end of the court. Anna Harrison racked up 10 gains (four intercepts, three rebounds and two deflections) while Karin Burger was hot on her tail with nine (six intercepts), as her partner in crime Jane Watson added five gains to her form. Despite falling to the Tactix by a significant margin, there was an undoubtably solid defensive effort from Erena Mikaere and Georgia Tong, who combined for 11 gains (three intercepts). Sulu Fitzpatrick and Kate Burley were a force to be reckoned with down back, registering five and three intercepts, respectively, whilst also grabbing six gains apiece.

April Brandley had a match to remember, piling on eight gains (four intercepts) in an impressive first half against the Thunderbirds, while Shamera Sterling was imposing as ever at the opposite end finishing with 10 gains, three intercepts and four rebounds, and Matilda Garrett was a fraction quieter than usual but still finished with four deflections (zero to advantage) and three gains. For the Firebirds, Tara Hinchliffe created three gains (two intercepts) and registered a couple of pickups while Kim Jenner piled on the pressure for nine deflections but failed to capitalise, with just the two gains. Four Swifts players picked up a gain apiece, as Sarah Klau registered two.

Picture credit: NSW Swifts

GIANTS snap losing streak with dominant win

IT was a one-sided affair at Ken Rosewall Arena as GIANTS Netball made light work of Adelaide Thunderbirds to win comfortably, 57-41. The GIANTS snapped their three-game losing streak with a convincing performance from the get-go while the Thunderbirds simply could not generate any momentum.

After struggling in the past couple of weeks, England international Jo Harten came out with a real pep in her step landing the first goal of the game. She was up and about with her confidence quickly rubbing off onto youngster Sophie Dwyer alongside her in the goal circle. But Shamera Sterling was not about to be outdone with the Jamaican goal keeper streaming out of the goal circle to snatch up an intercept and send the ball down the court. However, the Thunderbirds’ inability to capitalise on their opportunities allowed the GIANTS to make them pay, and within the blink of an eye the GIANTS were up by three goals with April Brandley having an absolute field day down in defence covering Georgie Horjus’ every move to pick up a copious amount of turnover ball. It was an all-round defensive presence from the GIANTS as Amy Parmenter used her closing speed to get hands to ball and cleanly contest across the court.

Lenize Potgieter received a wealth of attention from Sam Poolman as the two engaged in an incredibly physical battle with limited space inside the circle making life hard for the Thunderbirds front-end. The GIANTS were not afraid to reset and throw the ball around to inch their way closer to circle edge but Harten provided that steady head to pop out at the right time and deliver the goods. The home side doubled the visitors’ score holding a four-goal lead as the GIANTS continued to put their foot down, mainly off the back of Brandley’s efforts. Down by six goals, a Thunderbirds timeout allowed them to take a breather as they ate back into the margin with Sam Gooden injected into the game. Harten was proving to be a maestro in attack while Brandley was on fire down in defence as the Thunderbirds went four minutes without a goal.

It took a while for both sides to settle into the second term before the Thunderbirds piled on back-to-back goals as Horjus and Potgieter shared the load. Jamie-Lee Price was running along smoothly for the GIANTS with her drive to the top of the circle, as a couple of errant passes allowed the Thunderbirds to latch onto the crumbs but that momentum was short lived as the GIANTS hit back once again. Latanya Wilson came on in wing defence, replacing Shadine van der Merwe but that did not seem to faze the GIANTS too much as they continued along their merry way. Maisie Nankivell gave away a costly offensive penalty as the GIANTS capitalised on their chances extending the lead to seven goals.

Kristiana Manu’a entered the fray in goal keeper for the GIANTS and with the super shot in play the changes came hard and fast as Nankivell switched into centre and Elle McDonald pulled on the wing attack bib. Out to a nine-goal margin, the GIANTS were happy to just plug away at the scoreboard while the Thunderbirds went with the high risk, high reward motto attempting a wealth of super shots but simply were unable to convert. It was party tricks galore for the GIANTS in attack taking the half-time lead out to 12 goals.

The smooth transition down the court from the GIANTS was impressive as Maddie Hay continued to thread the needle and just go about her business. Dwyer and Harten were combining seamlessly with Matilda Garrett unable to have her usual impact down back giving away a wealth of penalties. Things were not going the Thunderbirds way at all with an offensive contact called against Potgieter and the GIANTS capitalising to extend out a 14-goal lead. The ball swung up and down the court through the mid-section of the third term but it was the GIANTS that held momentum as the Thunderbirds’ sloppiness cost them, especially on the penalty front.

The GIANTS had the ball on a string and while Adelaide had moments of magic they simply could not maintain that level of intensity throughout the term. Dwyer was carving up the attack with her hot hand causing all sorts of havoc for Garrett, while Manu’a gave GIANTS fans plenty to cheer about with a huge rejection on Potgieter’s shot as the Thunderbirds looked laboured in attack. With Nankivell racking up the penalties, Hannah Petty re-emerged in centre in hope to settle the frontend but it was to no avail.

The game was all but won and done at three quarter time but the GIANTS were not finished yet as their blistering transition down court bypassed the Thunderbirds defence. Gooden was bought on in goal shooter but she struggled to find her rhythm with a number of missed shots, while Parmenter had a real spring in her step around circle edge as the lead ballooned out 17 goals. With a couple of minutes left on the clock youngster Matisse Letherbarrow got some valuable court time showcasing her class to go from range nailing two super shots, including one after the siren, to claim a 16-goal win.

Harten was back to her dominant ways sinking 26 goals from 34 attempts while Dwyer was slightly more accurate converting at 80 per cent with 24 from 30. Hay was a real workhorse with her 17 goal assists as Price registered 13. But it was the defensive work from Brandley that stood out with the goal defence amassing four intercepts, six deflections and two rebounds. Potgieter led the way with 24 goals at 80 per cent for the Thunderbirds as Horjus contributed a handy 13 goals, while Nankivell racked up 11 goal assists and Sterling was imposing in defence with her three intercepts and seven deflections.

GIANTS NETBALL 15 | 14 | 15 | 13 (57)
ADELAIDE THUNDERBIRDS 8 | 9 | 11 | 13 (41)

GIANTS:

GS: Jo Harten
GA: Sophie Dwyer
WA: Maddie Hay
C: Jamie-Lee Price
WD: Amy Parmenter
GD: April Brandley
GK: Sam Poolman

Thunderbirds:

GS: Lenize Potgieter
GA: Georgie Horjus
WA: Maisie Nankivell
C: Hannah Petty
WD: Shadine van der Merwe
GD: Matilda Garrett
GK: Shamera Sterling

Photo credit: SSN Twitter

Adelaide Thunderbirds stun Swifts claiming back-to-back wins

ADELAIDE Thunderbirds have claimed a huge upset win over NSW Swifts, securing their second victory for the season 58-53. The Thunderbirds won every quarter and subsequently led at every break with their full court defensive pressure proving to be the real tipping point for the Swifts.

It was an uncharacteristically sloppy start by NSW Swifts with the Adelaide Thunderbirds capitalising on their opportunities under the post. Both Shamera Sterling and Matilda Garrett were making life incredibly hard for Sam Wallace and Helen Housby as the two got hands to ball and continued to niggle away at the Swifts goalers. The shooting combination of Lenize Potgieter and Georgie Horjus was working wonders as the two used their speed and change of direction to pile on the scoreboard pressure sneaking out to a handy three-goal lead.

A much-needed timeout helped the Swifts arrest momentum and peg their way back into the contest. Housby started to find her rhythm inside the goal circle as the Swifts levelled the scores with an increased defensive presence as Paige Hadley showcased her dare and speed to transition the ball down the court in a heartbeat. Sterling starred with her lean over the shot with a huge rejection on the shot. With the super shot in play Horjus nailed a huge long range goal to send the Adelaide ahead, handing the Swifts their first opening quarter loss of the season. it was an incredibly defensive opening 15 minutes with seven intercepts collected throughout the term.

The Swifts pulled the trigger at quarter time with Tayla Fraser replacing Maddy Proud in centre and using her drive to open up the attacking third. The Thunderbirds seemed to have an answer for everything the Swifts threw at them with the defensive pressure high, clogging the players together and allowing both Garrett and Sterling to go hunting. Nat Haythornthwaite showcased some fancy footwork in the pocket to reel in the high ball and offload it quickly into Wallace as the Swifts looked to eat back into the margin. The Thunderbirds tried to replicate the same Haythornthwaite theatrics but it was to no avail as the Swifts forged ahead once again to reduce the deficit to a goal.

Looking for an extra spark in defence the Thunderbirds tinkered with the defensive circle as Latanya Wilson pulled on the goal defence bib. She combined well with Jamaican teammate Sterling as the back unit won ball back time and time again. Maisie Nankivell dished off a beautiful pinpoint pass to split both Sarah Klau and Maddy Turner in the circle as the Thunderbirds put the foot down. Sterling continued to dominate while Shadine van der Merwe upped the ante with her impressive court coverage and hunt coming to the fore as she regained possession for Adelaide.

The lead pushed out to four goals for the Thunderbirds as the momentum well and truly swung their way. Sophie Garbin entered the game down in at goal attack and the Swifts started to find their feet sinking consecutive goals. But Adelaide refused to give up, sticking to their structures and riding the wave to keep their noses in front. Bad hands from both sides were costing them chances to capitalise as the ball ping-ponged up and down the court. Sterling continued to wow with her athleticism nullifying Wallace under the post as she gobbled up intercept after intercept.

Unhappy with their opening half the Swifts made even more changes with Housby swinging into goal shooter. Through the midcourt Hadley pushed into centre as Lauren Moore pulled on the goal keeper bib to give the side a huge shakeup. There were turnovers aplenty to start the term but one thing that remained the same was Sterling’s presence down back picking up consecutive rebounds. The extra height in the circle from Klau and Moore was causing trouble for the Thunderbirds but van der Merwe was up to the task winning ball back. There was a huge shift in the way the ball was flowing through the court for the Swifts as they weaved their magic to toil away and reduce the buffer to a mere goal with just under 10 minutes to play.

Three consecutive goals from the Tbirds gave them some much needed breathing space before Sterling set fans into overdrive with a huge intercept. That sent Adelaide on an even bigger shooting spree as they extended the lead to six goals with the Thunderbirds playing with a wealth of confidence. There was nothing the Thunderbirds could not do as Sterling starred down one end and Potgieter impressing down the other end with her silky movement and strong holds under the post. Elle McDonald was injected into the game, replacing Hannah Petty who was doing a solid job through the centre as the Thunderbirds steadily added to their lead.

Holding the lead at three quarter time it was up to the Thunderbirds to hold in that final term and that is exactly what the home side did. They found a way to dig deep nailing the first three goals of the quarter to create some extra breathing space and really take the game away from the Swifts who were struggling as the rotations came thick and fast once again.

It was a dominant performance from Potgieter with the South African goaler leading the way under the post with 40 goals from 41 attempts while Horjus slotted 17 goals at 81 per cent. Nankivell had the hot hand on the feed for the T’birds with 22 goal assists while Proud did the heavy lifting for the Swifts with 17. Sterling had an absolute day out down in defence racking up a whopping six intercepts and eight gains as both Garrett and van der Merwe plied their trade with a combined seven intercepts and seven gains between them. The same could not be said for the Swifts defence with Turner leading the way with two intercepts and Klau struggling to have her usual impact with deflections. Shooting wise, Wallace was rendered less effective finishing with 14 goals as Housby was forced to up the ante with 26 while Garbin was accurate with eight goals straight.

ADELAIDE THUNDERBIRDS 13 | 15 | 14 | 16 (58)
NSW SWIFTS 11 | 14 | 13 | 15 (53)

STARTING SEVEN:

Thunderbirds:

GS: Lenize Potgieter
GA: Georgie Horjus
WA: Maisie Nankivell
C: Hannah Petty
WD: Shadine van der Merwe
GD: Matilda Garrett
GK: Shamera Sterling

Swifts:

GS: Sam Wallace
GA: Helen Housby
WA: Nat Haythornthwaite
C: Maddy Proud
WD: Paige Hadley
GD: Maddy Turner
GK: Sarah Klau

Photo credit: Sarah Reed

2021 SSN Preview: Round 7

ANOTHER huge round of Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) is set to go ahead this weekend, with Round 7 seeing the Melbourne derby – played interstate due to Victorian restrictions – as three matches play out on Saturday afternoon and just one game is set for Sunday across the rearranged fixture.

GIANTS Netball vs. Sunshine Coast Lightning
Saturday, June 12 @3:00pm

Expect a huge clash between the GIANTS and Lightning to open the round, with both sides coming into this one off the back of losses over the weekend and one-goal margins the round before. Expected to be one of the matches of the round, both sides have plenty to prove after a less than convincing performance apiece in Round 6 and home court advantage could well and truly prove critical as the GIANTS look to regain their early season form.

There are a number of viable game changers in this clash but none more damaging than Karla Pretorius. Pretorius may not quite be performing to her lofty standards this season, but when she is on, she is on, and taking on young gun Sophie Dwyer could be exactly what the South African goal defence needs to really lift and prove a point to the competition. While Dwyer has had an excellent start to her SSN career, there is no doubt that the likes of Pretorius could prove a real buffer for the young goal attack while the long arms of Phumza Maweni will go a long way to limiting the impact of Jo Harten especially on the long shot. Do not be surprised if Kate Shimmin enters the fray in wing defence as she has done for the past few rounds, with her long arms a handy buffer to block the likes of Maddie Hay, who can propel ball into the circle with ease. 

Expect a tough battle between Amy Parmenter and Laura Scherian with the wing defence and wing attack sure to set the court alight, while Jamie-Lee Price and Mahalia Cassidy are very well matched in the centre making for a huge contest. There is no doubt Steph Wood and Cara Koenen will want to lift their output in the Lightning goal circle this week, and showcase their accuracy and range, although the GIANTS defensive effort has been very impressive this season so far with Sam Poolman and April Brandley providing a huge buffer in defence.

Collingwood Magpies vs. Melbourne Vixens
Saturday, June 12 @5:30pm

Originally set to play on the Queens Birthday Monday public holiday, the Magpies and Vixens will suit up on Saturday afternoon instead in the second match of the round. Expect a huge clash here between the two Victorian sides with more than bragging rights on the line, as both sides trail the rest of the pack and could get closer within touching distance with a win here.

There are a number of critical matchups in this game with none more so than that of Ash Brazill and Hannah Mundy. While Brazill is a livewire and one of the key Magpies who has stepped up in every game this season, Mundy is currently playing her first season and will have a real test in this match up against Brazill, despite putting out one of her more complete performances last round. This matchup could realistically set the tone for the entire match. Meanwhile, the Magpies defensive combination of Jodi-Ann Ward and Geva Mentor is always tough to work around and the duo will work hard to make it difficult for the Vixens goalers in Rahni Samason and Mwai Kumwenda to find purchase.

While the Vixens have been making good use of the ball that enters the goal circle, the real struggle has been finding easy purchase at circle edge, and Kate Moloney will really need to utilise her experience when she takes on Molly Jovic to find that edge with ease. While Kate Eddy is the Vixens go-to starting wing defence, Allie Smith could be a better physical match up on Kelsey Browne, with the two players matched for speed and able to supply that burst of energy where required. The most important cog for the Magpies out the front will be the likes of Shimona Nelson who has really lifted her offensive output this season, although the Vixens could switch things up to test the goal shooter in this one, with Emily Mannix a potential to rejoin the squad following injury.

Adelaide Thunderbirds vs. NSW Swifts
Saturday, June 12 @7:30pm

If the Swifts put out a performance to rival that of their Round 6 outing last weekend, the Thunderbirds have little chance of getting up here with the slick Swifts coming for the crown. But the Thunderbirds are also coming in off the back of a win last round, coming from behind to overtake the Vixens, and proving that they are certainly capable of more than what they have produced this season so far.

There are a number of players from both sides who have really stepped up over the past few rounds, but none more so than Sarah Klau. The Swifts’ goal keeper will provide a huge buffer coming up against Lenize Potgieter for the Thunderbirds, with her great read of the play and long arms over the ball. Meanwhile, Maddy Turner is a really good match for Thunderbirds youngster Georgie Horjus, and could prove crucial in this encounter given her ability to combine seamlessly with Klau downback. Expect a huge battle through the midcourt with Hannah Petty and Maddy Proud likely to start in centre, with both players providing plenty of hunt and willingness to do anything to get possession of the ball. A potential battle between Maisie Nankivell and Paige Hadley could also set the court alight.

Sam Wallace has been huge for the Swifts this season and has shown no signs of slowing down thus far. That could all change in this matchup when the goal shooter comes up against ball-hungry Shamera Sterling, with the goal keeper able to read the play with ease. The likes of Helen Housby could be crucial, especially if the England goaler can assert herself against the exciting form of Matilda Garrett, while Nat Haythornthwaite will want to ensure her fast feet do not get the better of her potentially coming up against the likes of Latanya Wilson or Shadine Van Der Merwe, who both offer different options in wing defence.

Queensland Firebirds vs. West Coast Fever
Sunday, June 13 @1:00pm

Both the Firebirds and Fever come into this matchup off the back of impressive wins, making the final match of the round potentially the one to watch. With the home court advantage and a renewed sense of confidence, the Firebirds will be out hunting for a back-to-back win, although the Fever are more than capable of making this one a bloodbath, especially with the form they are in, remaining the only undefeated side despite sitting fourth on the ladder.

One of the best overall circle matchups of the round is set to go head to head in this contest with the attacking combination of Gretel Bueta and Romelda Aiken coming up against the likes of Courtney Bruce and Sunday Aryang. The Bruce and Aryang defensive combination has starred across their opening rounds of action and while the Fever front-end gets a lot of the credit, there is no doubting the ball-winning ability of their backline. If Bueta and Aiken can showcase the same form they had last round they could be a real lock against the Fever defence, especially if centre Kim Ravaillion is firing, and the likes of Jemma Mi Mi and Lara Dunkley are creative on the feed.

At the other end there is no doubting the impact and consistency of Jhaniele Fowler at the post, with the Jamaican as reliable as they come. What makes the Fever so tough to match this season though is the workrate of Sasha Glasgow, who has slotted in seamlessly out the front and is a consistent firepower for the side – most importantly forcing her opposition to take notice of her. Expect Tara Hinchliffe and Kim Jenner to work hard to deny any easy passes into the circle, although they will require a huge match from Gabi Simpson up against the likes of Verity Charles or Emma Cosh to really drive home that defensive effort and limit both the long and short ball into Fowler.

Picture credit: Darren England/AAP

Thunderbirds claim first 2021 win

ADELAIDE Thunderbirds got their first win on the board, defeating Melbourne Vixens by six goals in a seesawing affair (54-48). It was a relatively sloppy performance by both sides with neither able to really garner any real momentum or control leaving fans and players alike on the edge of their seats. In the end however it was the Thunderbirds that dug deep in the final term to topple the Vixens.

Coming off a stellar win last round, the Vixens came in with a head full of steam. Match-winner and debut superstar Rahni Samason got the nod out in goal attack and did not disappoint slotting the first goal of the game capitalising off a Thunderbirds turnover. It was goal for goal to start the game with the defensive ends picking up a wealth of ball. Kadie-Ann Dehaney took advantage of her height claiming an early scalp on youngster Georgie Horjus with a huge shot rejection before Shamera Sterling got hands to ball for the Thunderbirds up the other end. It was a fast and frantic pace to start the game with the ball swinging back and forth and neither side able to claim clean ball. Dehaney was a real menace down back for the Vixens with the goal keeper creating a wealth of tips and turnovers to help her side push out to a three-goal lead.

Wayward passes in the Thunderbirds attack allowed the Vixens creep out to a five goal lead with Lenize Potgieter not having the desired impact against fellow international Dehaney. With the super shot in play, Sam Gooden was injected into the thick of things and did not disappoint coming on with a hot hand before Matilda Garrett showcased her class screaming through for an intercept as the Thunderbirds narrowed the margin back to two. The momentum swung well and truly in favour of the Thunderbirds as a Jo Weston fumble saw the ball change hands and the Thunderbirds capitalise as they stole the lead. it was turning into a super shot shoot out with both sides willing to back themselves from range but it was the Vixens that held a narrow one goal lead at the break.

The lead once again changed hands as the combination of Potgieter and Horjus got down to business. Hannah Petty upped the ante contesting hard through the midcourt to win ball back for the Thunderbirds as they pushed out to a two goal lead. But before you knew it the Vixens fought back with the switch of Mwai Kumwenda out to goal attack and Samason to goal shooter proving to work wonders. Latanya Wilson made her way onto the court in wing defence replacing Shadine van der Merwe.

It was the Dehaney show as the goal keeper used her fancy footwork to cherry pick an intercept but Sterling was not about to be outdone by her Jamaican counterpart, coming through for an intercept of her own. It was a two-goal ball-game for the Vixens with Hannah Mundy a real steam train in attack, using her strong drives to the top of the circle to keep Wilson out of the action. Gooden closed out the quarter on fire to get the Thunderbirds back within two goals.

After a quiet start to the game Kate Eddy injected herself into the game with the wing defence reeling in an intercept as the Vixens continued to forge ahead out to a four-goal lead. Kate Moloney was an ever-reliable presence through the centre, dictating the flow both in attack and defence and dishing off pinpoint passes into Samason and Kumwenda. The Thunderbirds were laboured in attack with the Vixens implementing some strong hands over pressure and forcing them to go backwards rather than weave their way through the mess.

The tables started to turn in the second half as the Thunderbirds started to rally scoring consecutive goals. Adelaide looked to the bench with Elle McDonald pulling on the centre bib while Garrett and Wilson continued to be influential through transition with long release passes. But the Vixens would not go away keeping within two goals at three quarter time.

With it all to play for in the final term the Melbourne Vixens tinkered with their line-up bringing on Allie Smith in wing defence. The Thunderbirds got a run of goals with the lead ballooning by five – the biggest of the game – and with that the Vixens made further changes as Smith swung into centre and Moloney into wing attack. Melbourne were forced into chase mode but the Thunderbirds were not about to let the win slip through their fingers, clinching a six-goal win.

Potgieter was dominant to post sinking 29 goals from 32 attempts at 91 per cent while the hot hand of Gooden was undeniable with the goaler nailing six of 10 super shots. Horjus was influential with 12 goals at 75 per cent along with a game-high 16 goal assists, with Maisie Nankivell hot on her heels with 15. Sterling was a pest finishing with six gains (four intercepts) as Garrett proved to be a thorn in the Vixens side with three gains (one intercept). Kumwenda was strong with 28 goals from 32 attempts while Samason nailed 14 of her 20 attempts at 70 per cent and recorded a team-high 13 goal assists. Dehaney impressed with her seven gains (three intercepts) as Weston also made her presence felt with four gains and seven deflections.

MELBOURNE VIXENS 14 | 13 | 8 | 13 (48)
ADELAIDE THUNDERBIRDS 13 | 12 | 12 | 17 (54) 

STARTING SEVEN:

Vixens:

GS: Mwai Kumwenda
GA: Rahni Samason
WA: Hannah Mundy
C: Kate Moloney
WD: Kate Eddy
GD: Jo Weston
GK: Kadie-Ann Dehaney

Thunderbirds:

GS: Lenize Potgieter
GA: Georgie Horjus
WA: Maisie Nankivell
C: Hannah Petty
WD: Shadine van der Merwe
GD: Matilda Garrett
GK: Shamera Sterling

Photo credit: Bradley Kanaris

Lightning steal win over fired-up Thunderbirds

ROUND 5 of Suncorp Super Netball action began with a bang on Saturday, and Sunday’s opening contest would be no less intense as the Adelaide Thunderbirds pushed the Sunshine Coast Lightning all the way in another close encounter. While the Thunderbirds took charge on home turf after a trailing the first quarter in a seesawing contest, a last ditch effort from the Lightning saw Steph Wood stand up and deliver the Lightning a one goal 59-58 win to ensure they retain second place on the ladder.

A goal for goal start to the match set the tone, as neither side was willing to relinquish possession and if they did, were quick to chase it up and make it count. All four goalers were quick to get on the board with tight defence forcing plenty of passes around, as Thunderbirds’ combination of Lenize Potgieter and Georgie Horjus ironed out issues from the get-go and Lightning’s dynamic duo in Cara Koenen and Wood showed no signs of missing early on. But it would not take long for the international goal keepers to get their hand in, with the likes of Shamera Sterling and Phumza Maweni working overtime and proving critical as the two sides traded the lead. A super shot miss from the Thunderbirds put an end to the goal for goal start as the Lightning snatched a marginal lead, with a Wood super shot sealing a three-goal lead at the first change.

Neither side was really starring up the court as the second began, with the Lightning keeping their usual class and tempo across the court, while the Thunderbirds worked in overdrive to produce turnover ball but fell short on conversions with messiness through the midcourt. Five straight from the Thunderbirds – four of which went the way of Horjus – saw the home side take the lead for the first time before three from the Lightning evened up the ledger once more at 21 apiece midway through the term. It was Maisie Nankivell that took charge in the second out the front, playing her non-traditional wing attack position but bringing her physicality and hunt with it to nab a couple of vital intercepts. Where Shadine Van Der Merwe had been quiet early, she worked well to shut down the drives and circle work of Laura Scherian as the Lightning took the finger off the pulse slightly, seeing the Thunderbirds trail 29-30 at half time.

The second half saw a change in the Lightning front-end as Peace Proscovia took the place of Koenen, with the goaler struggling to make use of her timely goalline drives credit to the work rate of Sterling and Matilda Garrett, who continued her excellent form making life hard for Wood to remain accurate. But Proscovia’s injection did not quite have the desired effect while Wood struggled to find the post, although things were far from perfect for the Thunderbirds who were still having issues in transition from defence as the ball flew back and forth. While Horjus’ evasiveness continued to shine, a couple of intercepts from Karla Pretorius and Maweni kept the Lightning in it with a one-goal deficit heading into the final break.

The final quarter saw both sides come out with a fire in the belly as a huge 15 minutes loomed. Goal for goal to begin the quarter, it took three straight from Koenen to reduce the deficit to just one as the Thunderbirds remained ahead but struggling with composure being the hunted side. Sterling’s ability to find the high ball continued to pay dividends at the dying stages of the term, and it did not take long before the Thunderbirds had a six-goal lead with seven minutes left on the clock – but that was when the super shot period took centre stage, as did Wood. Wood put up a super shot to take the Lightning to within two with four and a half minutes on the clock, and while Horjus put another super shot on the board, as Wood and Potgieter went goal-for-goal once more, Wood’s nerves of steel took over to sink one from range to take the one goal lead with the next centre pass, holding on in a huge win.

Defensively, both teams starred with plenty to be impressed by throughout the contest. Maweni finished with six intercepts – four in the first term alone – while Pretorius collected three and Kate Shimmin worked hard for two in her 30 minutes out of position in wing defence. Out the front, Wood finished with 16 goals and five of seven super shots and an intercept to go with her 15 goal assists, as Koenen (26 goals from 28 attempts) and Proscovia (seven from eight) were highly effective to post. Sterling and Garrett starred for the Thunderbirds, with the former able to showcase her seven gains (three intercepts, two rebounds and one deflection resulting in a gain from 11) credit to the work rate of the latter (two intercepts). Nankivell’s two intercepts and 26 assists proved handy although her six general play turnovers proved costly, while Hannah Petty worked hard to grind down the impact of Mahalia Cassidy and force the change in centre to Maddy McAuliffe. Potgieter (34 from 35) was more hesitant to put up goals than usual while Horjus showcased her willingness to turn and shoot, finishing with 22 from 25.

ADELAIDE THUNDERBIRDS
SUNSHINE COAST LIGHTNING 

STARTING SEVENS:

Thunderbirds

GS: Lenize Potgieter
GA: Georgie Horjus
WA: Maisie Nankivell
C: Hannah Petty
WD: Shadine Van Der Merwe
GD: Matilda Garrett
GK: Shamera Sterling

Lightning

GS: Cara Koenen
GA: Steph Wood
WA: Laura Scherian
C: Mahalia Cassidy
WD: Maddy McAuliffe
GD: Karla Pretorius
GK: Phumza Maweni

Picture credit: AAP

2021 SSN: Round 4 – Five things we learnt

THERE was no shortage of Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) action in Round 4 with the Queensland Firebirds falling to Collingwood Magpies and the GIANTS keeping their unbeaten streak alive. In this new series, Draft Central will look at five key learnings from the round whether it be consistent themes or standout performances.

Defensive masterclass

The battle between NSW Swifts and Sunshine Coast Lightning was nothing short of impressive as the two sides went tooth and nail to secure the win. Renowned for their attacking prowess this game turned into a defensive slog with players picking up intercepts aplenty. It was a vintage performance from Karla Pretorius with the Lightning goal defence getting her hands to just about everything that came her way recording five intercepts and seven gains. Partner in crime, Phumza Maweni also came away with plenty of intercepts picking up three for her efforts and also managed five deflections. For the Swifts the defensive duo in Sarah Klau and Maddy Turner were in just about everything as they combined for 11 gains and 14 deflections. but it was not only the defenders that got their hands dirty as Cara Koenen picked up an intercept down in goal shooter and midcourter Paige Hadley got busy with two attesting to the highly defensive mindset both sides went into the game with.

Inconsistency in attack cost the Firebirds

Renowned for their potent attack line, the Queensland Firebirds really struggled to get going against Collingwood Magpies. In all fairness it was a strong showing from both Geva Mentor and Jodi-Ann Ward as the partnership between the two continues to develop at a rate of knots and they caused havoc for the normally sound Firebirds attack. Gretel Bueta was off her game with the goal attack forced into uncharacteristic turnovers, rushed shots and a wealth of misses while Tippah Dwan was unable to find her radar. Although Romelda Aiken was in dominant form she only took the court for 41 minutes as Queensland endeavoured to eat into their ever-growing deficit. All in all the Firebirds lack of potency and fluidity cost them and proved just how imperative it is to have all cylinders firing at the same time to steal a win in season 2021.

Thunderbirds defensive unit is a shining light

The acquisition of Matilda Garrett has been sublime so far for the Adelaide Thunderbirds and that developing partnership with Shamera Sterling really came to the fore in their clash against West Coast Fever. Spending majority of her time, second fiddle at Collingwood, Garrett has been a revelation for the Tbirds with her tenacity and deceptive speed causing all sorts of headaches down back. However the most important thing over the past few games has been Garrett’s confidence to attack the ball and back herself in. registering more court time the goal defence has been able to work her way into the game and adapt her game style on the fly to suit her defensive partner in Sterling. That was evident throughout this clash as the two got plenty of hands to ball while the flexibility to have the likes of Shadine van der Merwe and Latanya Wilson rotate through that wing defence position allowed the circle defenders to ply their trade against Jhaniele Fowler.

April Brandley is back

It was another stellar performance by April Brandley with the goal defence plying her trade and proving to be a real menace down in defence for the GIANTS. Despite Kristiana Manu’a being named in the 10 player squad for the first time in 2021 it was Brandley that got the start and impressed from the get-go. Her closing speed and finesse shone through as she cleanly competed for ball against the likes of Kaylia Stanton, Mwai Kumwenda and Ruby Barkmeyer. Her strength both inside the circle and vision to read the play in the midcourt was second to none as she consistently bobbed up here there and everywhere. Brandley’s class and skill to adapt on the fly was evident as she rolled with the Melbourne Vixens’ structural changes and continued her merry way credit to her hands over pressure and silky movement.

Glasgow the winning link for Fever

Down at quarter time, the Fever needed a change in attack and recruit Sasha Glasgow was exactly the spark they needed. The former Adelaide Thunderbirds goaler, came on with a real point to prove and used her strong hands and clever footwork to create space both inside the circle and out the front. Her ability to dish off to Fowler under the post was second to none while her confidence to go to post was also imperative as it drew the eye of the defender. Glasgow combined seamlessly with both Verity Charles and Jess Anstiss out the front to weave the ball down the court and create some much needed stability in the attacking unit.

Photo credit: AAP

West Coast get first official points on 2021 ladder

WEST Coast Fever survived a scare from the Adelaide Thunderbirds to secure their fourth win of their season and their first official points on the 2021 Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) ladder with an eight-point win (70-62). But it was no easy feat as the Thunderbirds took it right up to the Fever playing in front of a home crowd, with fan favourite Chelsea Pitman a notable spectator.

It was a blistering first term of action from the Thunderbirds as they looked to register their first win of the 2021 season. Lenize Potgieter was simply unstoppable under the post with the South African goal shooter, controlling the rhythm in the goal circle despite being directly opposed by Australian Diamonds goal keeper and West Coast Fever star Courtney Bruce. The tussle between the two was relentless, however it was Potgieter that had the upper hand for majority of the term credit to her 14 goals straight. The move to have Georgie Horjus in her more familiar position of goal attack paid dividends as the youngster plied her trade to weave the ball through the Fever’s defence and score. Not only was she a playmaker, letting off pinpoint passes into Potgieter but also backed herself inside the circle to draw some attention.

Looking for an answer in defence, the Fever opted to bring on aspiring young talent Sunday Aryang in a hope that her speed and long arms will combat Horjus who was tearing it up in attack. Aryang replaced seasoned campaigner and English international Stacey Francis in at goal defence in the dying minutes of the term. The thunderbirds were humming in attack while their defensive efforts across the court were also noticeable as they limited the ease in which the Fever could transition the ball down the court opening up an eight-goal lead at quarter time.

But that is where it all stopped for the Thunderbirds as the Fever put their foot down in the second. Jhaniele Fowler continued her stellar form under the post sinking goal after goal and was unfazed by the changes out the front as Sasha Glasgow came on to replace Alice Teague-Neeld who was struggling to inject herself into the game only managing three goals while out on court. Glasgow had an immediate impact with her strong drives and slick footwork giving Matilda Garrett something different to think about. Meanwhile the battle between Fowler and Shamera Sterling continued to intensify.

A mini four-goal spree from the Fever was the spark they needed as they cut the margin to just four and while Adelaide re-established the buffer the home side petered off as the quarter went on. The Fever were relentless and despite the Thunderbirds tinkering with their defensive line-up as Shadine van der Merwe slotted back into goal defence and Latanya Wilson made her way onto wing defence there was no slowing the green machine. In fact by half time the scores were level credit to a huge term from the Fever.

Building on their momentum from the second term, the Fever continued their upwards trajectory in the third to pile on the scoreboard pressure. Fowler and Glasgow combined for the first two goals of the game, immediately setting the tone of the match. the workrate from Verity Charles and Jess Anstiss was key as the latter was pushed into the centre position and did not look out of place while Charles flexed her attacking muscles with her nifty high looping passes into Fowler.

Still not out of the game the Thunderbirds proved they were not afraid to ring in the changes as Elle McDonald pulled on the centre bib, replacing captain Hannah Petty as she swung into wing defence. The changes did not stop there as they looked to capitalise in the  power five with Sam Gooden injected into the action. Coming on for the final two minutes of the term the goal shooter nailed two super shots as Horjus impressed with her dead eye accuracy to keep themselves in the hunt. Aryang and Bruce were wreaking havoc though, not allowing any easy attacking movement for the home side.

With the game hanging in the balance the Thunderbirds made a couple more changes in hope to ride out the game as Maisie Nankivell got the nod in centre, moving out of wing attack, allowing McDonald to slot back into her more comfortable role. The T’birds had their chances early but their inability to capitalise cost them as the Fever rose to the occasion. Anstiss had the ball on a string through the midcourt as their settled approach allowed their strong connections to come to the fore and dominate as they notched up another win.

Fowler was sensational once again managing 55 goals from 59 attempts while Glasgow’s introduction into attack was exactly what the doctor ordered producing nine goals, 19 goal assists and an intercept. Charles and Anstiss were electric combining for 31 goal assists as Bruce had a big day out thanks to her nine gains and nine deflections. Potgieter was strong once again finishing with 25 goals from 26 attempts at 96 per cent as Horjus seemed to recapture her 2020 form thanks to her 21 goals at 80 per cent. Nankivell was key through the midcourt amassing 26 goal assists as Sterling picked up four gains and eight deflections.

Magpies steal first win of the season

BOLSTERED by the return of Geva Mentor and Molly Jovic, Collingwood Magpies looked much more at ease against Adelaide Thunderbirds as they secured their first win of the 2021 Suncorp Super Netball season (60-56). It was an incredibly topsy-turvy encounter as neither team could settle with the lead ebbing and flowing for majority of the match as the victor was not decided until the final minute of play.

Collingwood burst out of the gates early with Shimona Nelson holding strong under the post against Jamaican counterpart Shamera Sterling. A breaking call from Maisie Nankivell on the centre pass gifted the Magpies with a chance to propel themselves into attack as the black and white opened up a handy three-goal lead. Both sides struggled to maintain possession as the ball pinballed up and down the court credit to some errant passes. But that was short lived as the Thunderbirds worked their way back into the contest as Lenize Potgieter got busy under the post. some fancy footwork from Jovic around circle edge gifted Collingwood a chance to propel forward but the Thunderbirds proved anything you can do, we can do better as they applied a wealth of pressure on Collingwood’s attack as Matilda Garrett came up with a silky intercept of her own against her former side. Thunderbirds started to really build momentum stringing together a couple of handy goals, sneaking out to a two goal lead.

Jodi-Ann Ward came to life in the dying minutes of the game, with the Jamaican international showing her aerial craft with an impressive intercept. The Magpies quick transition down court and finish allowed them to level the scores before Gabby Sinclair landed an all-important super shot to steal back the lead. The Thunderbirds however were content, to chip the ball around and play possession netball to stay within the hunt. Increased defensive pressure from the Thunderbirds forced Collingwood to play the ball around but the end result still landed in the hands of Nelson.

Despite holding momentum for majority of the term, Collingwood went into the second quarter down by a goal and worked in overdrive to make amends. But Adelaide had other plans making a few changes through the midcourt to give them that extra drive as Georgie Horjus pulled on the wing attack bib and Nankivell pushed into centre. It was a seesawing affair as the lead changed hands multiple times throughout the opening stages of the game before a held ball call gave Collingwood a chance to break with the centre pass to follow. The combination between Horjus and Potgieter was starting to come to the fore as they outfoxed both Mentor and Ward.

The battle between Kelsey Browne and Shadine van der Merwe was enthralling as neither player was willing to give an inch, almost cancelling each other out for their respective sides. With scores level the hot hand of Sinclair came to play as she sunk consecutive super shots to give Collingwood a handy three goal lead. but moments later, Horjus answered the call with a two-point shot of her own.

Adelaide immediately ate into the half-time deficit scoring two quick goals off the hand of Horjus to level the margin to 32 goals apiece. A costly turnover in Collingwood’s attack provided the T’birds with another chance to propel forward as they slotted three straight to open the term. Momentum chopped and changed throughout the contest as Collingwood once again skipped out to a goal lead despite Sterling running amuck in the defensive third with her long arms and quit footwork.

Jovic’s defensive work through the centre third was unquestionable with the Magpies midcourter upping the ante to spur her side on. Continuous skill errors kept coming back to haunt Collingwood as the Thunderbirds capitalised on the chances that came their way thanks to Gooden’s impressive accuracy from distance. Hannah Petty was not prepared to give an inch for Adelaide as she contested hard for every ball while Latanya Wilson made her way onto the court to further help spark the ladies in pink. Collingwood pushed out to a game high four goal lead before once again it was sliced down thanks to the defensive pressure of Adelaide.

With it all to play for in the final term the T’birds made a couple of changes with Elle McDonald getting the nod in wing attack as the Magpies remained unchanged. The long ranging arms of Wilson in wing defence were influential as she picked up a timely intercept. However Collingwood strung together a flurry of goals to re-establish a three goal lead. with momentum favouring the home team, coach Nicole Richardson got vocal, shouting words of encouragement from the sideline as her side closed in on their first win of the season. Garrett continued to niggle in defence providing her side with a chance to stay in touch with the Magpies as the goal for goal of play ensued once again. A sloppy final minute of play all but cost the Thunderbirds the game as a penalty was advanced against Sterling and Ash Brazill came up with a signature deflection to gift Sinclair a super shot after the siren.

Nelson proved to be a focal point for the Pies in attack finishing with 35 goals to her name at 97 per cent. Sinclair was influential notching up 12 goals and four super shots while Browne accumulated 24 goal assists. Ward was a livewire down in defence for the Pies picking up two deflections, eight gains and four intercepts while Sterling was a ball magnet for the Thunderbirds with four deflections and two intercepts to her name. Garrett plied her trade down back amassing four gains and four intercepts while Potgieter could not be contained inside the circle with 23 goals as Gooden starred thanks to her 17 goals at 68 per cent.

COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES 16 | 16 | 12 | 12 (60)
ADELAIDE THUNDERBIRDS 16 | 14 | 14 | 12 (56)

Collingwood:

GS: Shimona Nelson
GA: Gabby Sinclair
WA: Kelsey Browne
C: Molly Jovic
WD: Ash Brazill
GD: Jodi-Ann Ward
GK: Geva Mentor

Adelaide:

GS: Lenize Potgieter
GA: Sam Gooden
WA: Maisie Nanvikell
C: Hannah Petty
WD: Shadine van der Merwe
GD: Matilda Garrett
GK: Shamera Sterling

Picture credit: Collingwood Magpies

Firebirds record first win of 2021

QUEENSLAND Firebirds got their first win on the board for season 2021 downing Adelaide Thunderbirds in style, 68-57. The home side won three of the four quarters but led at every change showcasing their classy ball movement and defensive nous in what was a strong and consistent performance.

It was an even start to the game as both sides capitalised off their centre pass going goal for goal. But an intercept from goal keeper Tara Hinchliffe put a stop to that as the Firebirds went down the other end of the court to create the first break of the game. Romelda Aiken made history sinking her 2000th Suncorp Super Netball goal as the Firebirds skipped out to a handy four goal lead. Hinchliffe popped up again for Queensland but Matilda Garrett proved anything you can do, I can do better with a nifty intercept to send the Thunderbirds into attack.

The speed with which the Firebirds were playing caused all sorts of havoc for Adelaide with Shamera Sterling struggling to combat Aiken who was having a field day under the post. Her strength on the take was impressive and so was the delivery into the circle as Kim Ravaillion and Lara Dunkley released pinpoint passes. With the lead getting out to 10 goals the super shot period could not have come quick enough with Sam Gooden making her presence felt for the T’Birds with a handy two-point goal to reduce the margin to eight. The Thunderbirds started to rally as Lenize Potgieter got involved under the post cutting the margin to four goals but Kim Jenner and Hinchliffe employed some strong hands over pressure and contested each and every pass that came their way. Gretel Bueta re-entered the game this time in goal shooter, as Tippah Dwan showcased her playmaking skills out in goal attack. It was turning into somewhat of a super shot shoot-out as both Gooden and Dwan flexed their muscles from downtown.

Adelaide created plenty of opportunities throughout the early stages of the second quarter with Garrett impressing not only in defence but so too through transition. After a quiet start to the game, Sterling started to cause plenty of concern with her attacking mindset well and truly coming to the fore. The Firebirds’ defence also cranked things up as Jenner and Hinchliffe seamlessly combined to swat ball away and reel in the intercepts. The lead ballooned out to seven goals once again but the efforts of Maisie Nankivell did not go unnoticed as the wing defence forced a turnover and sparked a mini run for the Thunderbirds as they got back to within four goals.

Megan Anderson proved she was not afraid to ring in the changes in attack with Bueta, Aiken and Dwan all rotating through the circe while down the other end Rudi Ellis pulled on the goal keeper bib. An errant pass over the sideline for Thunderbirds gifted Bueta a chance to nail a super shot as things continued to tick along for the girls in purple. Hannah Petty plied her trade around circle edge to get a hand in and disrupt the attacking momentum for the Firebirds but Queensland’s flair and ball speed enabled them to extend to a 10-goal lead once more at half time.

The old firm of Ravaillion, Bueta and Aiken was hard to match for the Thunderbirds as their silky connections enabled them to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The overall defensive tenacity for the Firebirds increased as Gabi Simpson burst through for a pickup and the home side continued to motor exposing their opponents in every which way, and Georgie Horjus struggled to get into the game given Simpson was on her hammer. With the game slipping away from the Thunderbirds, Shadine van der Merwe was injected into the game and made an immediate impact with her drive through the centre and hands over pressure.

The rolling subs were well and truly alive for both sides as the Firebirds continued to tinker with the defensive line-up as Latanya Wilson also made her way onto the court for the Thunderbirds. The short, sharp passing from Queensland allowed them to weave their way through the court with their composure evident. Gooden once again turned it on with her super shot shooting sending tongues wagging and most importantly keeping her side within touching distance.

Looking for some fresh legs through the centre, Jemma Mi Mi got her time to shine with her speed and dynamic movement helping to slow the transitional speed. Dwan had a hot hand with the youngster composed to post and slotting them from everywhere. The fluidity in transition for the Firebirds enabled them to keep motoring and to build momentum, as the party tricks started to come out for the home side as Hinchliffe came screaming out for an intercept and Bueta showcased her sheer athleticism with a layup. It was a scrappy couple of minutes of play to ride out the game as Ravaillion got busy in attack to provide a steady head. In the end it was the class of the Firebirds that earned them the win.

Aiken had the ball on a string in attack for Queensland sinking 34 goals at 92 per cent while Bueta also impressed in her second game back with 18 goals, three of which were super shots. Bueta also displayed her playmaking tendencies with 13 goal assists however it was Ravaillion that really shouldered the load in attack notching up a team-high 17 goal assists and a deflection. The combination of Jenner and Hinchliffe was something to behold as they recorded nine deflections, 10 gains and six intercepts – five courtesy of Hinchliffe. Potgieter was the most proficient for the Thunderbirds nailing 29 goals from 32 attempts while Gooden dazzled from range landing six of 10 super shots. Sterling shone in defence with 10 deflections, three intercepts and six gains as Garrett also imposed herself with two intercepts.

QUEENSLAND FIREBIRDS | 22 | 16 | 14 | 16 (68)
ADELAIDE THUNDERBIRDS | 15 | 13 | 16 | 13 (57)

Queensland Firebirds:

GS: Romelda Aiken
GA: Gretel Bueta
WA: Lara Dunkley
C: Kim Ravaillion
WD: Gabi Simpson
GD: Kim Jenner
GK: Tara Hinchliffe

Adelaide Thunderbirds:

GS: Lenize Potgieter
GA: Georgie Horjus
WA: Elle McDonald
C: Hannah Petty
WD: Maisie Nankivell
GD: Matilda Garrett
GK: Shamera Sterling