Round 10 of the Suncorp Super Netball League certainly did not disappoint, with Fever breaking a record, Australian Diamond Paige Hadley playing in her 150th match, and Vixen’s dominating the league leaders Thunderbirds to keep their home record alive.
Here is this weeks International Player Watch…
Giants 70 – 64 Lightning
A second-half Giants comeback saw them secure their fourth win of the season, this time at the hands of Lightning.
In the opening quarter, Lightning’s Australian Diamond’s duo Steph Wood and Cara Koenen were causing all sorts of problems for the home side as they dominated and controlled the attacking circle.
Giants took their time to warm up, but when they got going, they left everything out on the court as the teams battled in every third.
At half-time Lightning lead by just one goal, but this only fired Giants on to come back out fighting.
It was then time for Giants new look shooting duo to shine, with Matisse Letherbarrow and Australian Diamond Sophie Dwyer taking to court together in the absence of England Rose, Jo Harten.
21-year-old Letherbarrow once again stepped up for her side, scoring 46 from 52 in this match and helping her team dominate the second half to take a much needed 70-64 victory to keep their slim finals hopes alive for another week.
Vixens 60 – 39 Thunderbirds
Vixens pulled off a commanding victory over the league leaders Thunderbirds this weekend, keeping their home record alive.
In the first quarter, it looked as though this was going to be a tight match with Thunderbirds actually starting the better of the two teams.
Thunderbird and Jamaican Sunshine Girl Shamera Sterling came flying out the blocks making two interceptions, one deflection and a rebound in the first quarter alone as her team took an early three goal lead going into the first break.
However, as the second quarter got underway everything changed in this game with Vixen’s exerting their dominance and experience and turning the score round on its head, as it was time to celebrate one of their defenders, Australian Diamond Emily Mannix.
Mannix finished the first half alone with five interceptions and four deflections as she set the new tempo for her team in the second quarter which they capitalised off to bring the score back to 21-21 before going on to take a 30 – 22 lead into half-time.
The third and fourth quarters then promised more of the same with Vixen’s powered on by their come crowd, never really letting Thunderbirds back into the game as they took a 60-39 victory.
Swifts 85 – 56 Magpies
One team that made their finals hopes very clear this weekend was Swifts as they put on a show stopping performance against the Magpies.
Despite a close first quarter, Swifts never looked like they were going to do anything but win this match as they oozed confidence in possession of the ball.
It was not until the second quarter that their masterclass began, with young Swifts shooter Sophie Fawns coming on to court to work with Jamaican Sunshine Girl Romelda Aiken-George and making an instant impact as Swifts went on to win the quarter 26-11.
From then on there was no stopping the Swift’s who gave Paige Hadley a 150th national league game to remember.
Australian Diamond Centre Hadley was strong both in defence and attack throughout this match, as she made two interceptions and two turnovers as well as 19 goal assists.
Swifts then went on to score at least 20 goals in the remaining two quarters, seeing out the win and retaining their second-place spot in the league.
Fever 97 – 63 Firebirds
This round, it really was a case of saving the best until last as Fever produced a record-breaking masterclass in their match against Firebirds.
Fever scored the largest number of goals in Suncorp Super Netball League history as they beat Firebirds 97 – 63 thanks to four picture perfect quarters.
The home-side, who currently sit third in the league, set the tempo very early on with Australian Diamond Courtney Bruce making an early turnover for her side which they of course capitalised off.
Bruce was consistent in her performance, as she eventually racked up 12 gains including six interceptions.
Fever were able to go on and capitalise off many Firebirds errors throughout the first quarter, taking a 10-goal lead into the first break which they then doubled to a 20 goal lead in the second quarter.
The Fever shooters Sasha Glasgow and Jamaican Sunshine Girl Jhaniele Fowler then continued to score a flurry of goals in the second half never giving Firebirds a break as they beat them 97-63.
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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