Round 4 of Australia’s Suncorp Super Netball League saw the GIANTS claim their first win of the season, whilst Fever maintain their position at the top of the table as their unbeaten run continues.
Here are the international stars that shone during Round 4:
Vixens 60 – 56 Lightning
Both teams came out firing for the first match of Round 4 with the Vixens and Lightning going goal-for-goal in the early stages.
The Lightning shooting duo then began to find their flow with Australian Diamonds Wood and Koenen complimenting each other well with Wood finishing the match with an impressive 28 goal assists to her name.
Lightning look set to go into half-time with a significant lead, however the Vixens scored two crucial Super Shots with Malawi star Kumwenda scoring one of these, bringing the score to 31 – 33 at half time. Kumwenda finished the match netting 36 goals from 40 attempts for the Vixens.
Vixens led for the first time of the match in the third quarter as Australian Diamon Jo Weston began to impress in their defensive end, finishing with three intercepts and five deflections to her name.
Despite Wood sinking a Super Shot during the last Power Five, Vixen’s managed to finish the game with a four goal lead in front of their home crowd.
Magpies 69 – 61 Firebirds
The Queensland Firebirds looked determined to get their first win of the season with Australian Diamond Donnell Wallam holding her space well from the first whistle, and this continued throughout as she ended the match with 38 goals from 39 attempts.
The Firebirds went into half time leading by five, but the Magpies came out firing for the second half with their midcourt defence applying significant pressure and forcing errors. Jamaican international Jodi-Ann Ward claimed five interceptions in the match and was a key part in a dominant third quarter display which the Magpies won 23-8.
Meanwhile in attack for the Magpies Shimona Nelson was having a strong influence on proceedings scoring a huge 61 goals from 66 attempts meaning she sits in 2nd place in the leagues goals scored chart behind fellow Jamaican Sunshine Girl Jhaniele Fowler.
Despite Firebirds having the lead for most of the game, a dominant third quarter display saw the Magpies clinch the win 69 – 61.
Thunderbirds 54 – 59 GIANTS
In the third match of Round 4, the Adelaide Thunderbirds faced the GIANTS with the GIANTS looking for their first win of the season.
The GIANTS looked determined from the first whistle, with England international Jo Harten and Australia’s Sophie Dwyer combining well with accurate shooting as they opened up a five goal lead at the first break.
The second quarter was the opposite of the first with the Thunderbirds Jamaican defensive duo of Shamera Sterling and Latanya Wilson leading from the front with the teams going into half time level.
Their defensive pressure continued into the second half with their excellent timing and reading of the game. Sterling finished the game with nine gains and Wilson four as the Thunderbirds went into the final 15 minutes leading by three.
The GIANTS came out firing in the final quarter with Australian Diamond Sophie Dwyer having no fear in taking the Super Shot. Dywer now sits in 2nd place in the leagues Super Shots goal chart and this confidence allowed the GIANTS to secure their first win of the season by five goals.
NSW Swifts 67 – 78 Fever
Fever were looking to continue their unbeaten record in the final match of Round 4.
The Swifts started the match well with England’s Helen Housby feeding Jamaica’s Romelda Aiken-George with precision and both were shooting with accuracy. The first Power 5 was action-packed with both Housby (Swifts) and Fowler (Fever) netting a Super Shot as the Swifts took a three-goal lead into the break.
Fever brought on Australian Development squad member Kim Jenner in the second quarter and she made an immediate impact with her strong one-on-one defensive work meaning she ended the match with three gains. At half-time the scores were level.
Australian Diamon and Fever defender Courtney Bruce continued to be relentless in defence during the second half and another strong performance means she now sits 4th in the leagues intercepts chart.
A strong third quarter was where the match was won for the Fever with the final score NSW Swifts 67 – 78 Fever.
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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