The Suncorp Super Netball League continued with round 2 this weekend, and as always it was a hotly contested round which you wouldn’t have wanted to miss.
Round 2 included the inaugural Queensland Cup, as well as a Melbourne Derby and in two of the leagues matches only one goal could separate the two teams at full-time.
Just like in round 1, international players from Malawi, Jamaica, England and Australia all played a part in their teams’ successes and here is our round up of how it went:
Firebirds 55 – 65 Lightning
Lightning struck down their state rivals Firebirds in the inaugural Queensland Cup, beating them 55-65 thanks to a first half masterclass.
The away-side shot out the blocks in the first half, capitalising off Firebirds errors and relying on Jamaican Sunshine Girl Kadie-Ann Dehaney to make some crucial interceptions so that they could go into half-time with an 18-goal lead.
Despite the score line, it was Firebirds that came back out onto court the strongest in the second half having made a few changes.
Firebirds went on to win the third quarter 18-15 thanks to Australian Diamond’s shooter, Donnell Wallam scoring on the whistle, and they then also won the fourth quarter 16-11.
However, Lightning’s dominant first half performance made it too hard for Firebirds to ever get back in front.
Thunderbirds 25 – 25 Swifts
The second match of the day was rather disappointing for the Netball Family, with only the first half being played before a power outage led to the match being called off.
The half-time score of 25-25 stood, with both teams sharing the points.
Prior to the game being called off, in the second quarter England Rose Eleanor Cardwell was the stand-out shooter on court converting 10/10 of her shots and 3/3 on her Super Shots, as she continued to settle into her first season down under.
Giants 73 – 74 Fever
Fever and Fowler, it’s the perfect combination.
The Jamaican Sunshine Girl Jhaniele Fowler proved once again to be the difference for Fever, as she shot at 100% for her team in their 1 goal victory over Giants.
It was Fever’s second and third quarter performances, in which they held their nerve and stayed calm under pressure to capitalise on Giants error’s, that changed the flow of the game and allowed them to take a more favourable 52 – 63 lead into the final 15-minutes.
The Giants hadn’t come to play though, and in the last quarter they came out firing with their shooters Australian Diamond Sophie Dwyer and England Rose Jo Harten converting their shots when it mattered most.
However, the leagues defending Champions Fever showed their class as they saw out the win in the last 30-seconds.
Magpies 61 – 62 Vixens
The final match of the weekend was the Melbourne Derby, and what a nail biter it was as Vixen’s came from behind to win the match on the buzzer thanks to their Malawi Queen, Mwai Kumwenda.
The match started with Magpies dominating, with every ball into the circle managing to find its way into the hands of Jamaican Sunshine Girl Shimona Nelson, who went on to score 47 out of 48 of her shots on goal.
Throughout the centre court, both teams were piling on the pressure, with Australian Diamonds Liz Watson and Kiera Austin working well together in the second half trying to find their very own international shooter Kumwenda.
With 5-minutes of the match remaining, Magpies were in front by seven, but Kumwenda had other ideas about how this match was going to end scoring four Super Shots in the remaining time, including the one on the final whistle to win her team the match by one.
The Suncorp Super Netball League season will be made of 14 rounds, with the Grand Final scheduled to take place on the 8th July 2023, just in time for the Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 which will begin on the 28th July in Cape Town, South Africa.
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