Super Netball 2022 news, scores, results: Giants Netball beat Collingwood Magpies, Adelaide Thunderbirds beat Queensland Firebirds

The Netball Giants overcame a mid-season slump to get back into the winner’s circle, while an Adelaide upset kept their unlikely final hopes alive.

In what captain Jo Harten described as a “two-half game,” the Netball Giants overcame a mid-season slump to get back into the winner’s circle, overcoming a spirited Collingwood Mapgies side by nine points.

The result is a welcome relief for the Giants, who are looking to redeem themselves for last year’s big final loss and have clung to third place in the standings.

The Magpies’ first defeat in Tasmania anchors them seventh after victory in Adelaide later on Wednesday, and will be on the verge of snuffing out hopes of their first finals campaign since 2019.

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After a messy start of fumbles and attention from the referees, the Magpies settled in first and dominated the start of the game. However, each time they threatened to burst the margin in the first half, the ability of Jo Harten to land supershots brought the Giants back into the game.

With crucial matchups all over the court, nothing was more appealing than the physical Giants midfielder trying to slow down the fastest midfielder in the league. The Magpies wing attack/center combination of Kelsey Browne and Molly Jovic left opponents in their rear view mirror and, with minimal turnovers, delivered a dangerous amount of ball to their shooters.

At the other end of the field, Ash Brazill and Jodi-Ann Ward kept the Giants’ Maddy Hay and Sophie Dwyer well under wraps, with neither forward able to make their usual impact early on. It was left to center Jamie-Lee Price to do most of the feeding in the circle until the game was settled.

The Magpies threatened to run away with the game in the second quarter, building an 11-goal lead. However, Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald said of her team’s performance: “We really tackled that at halftime and came out shooting.”

Costly errors from the Magpies and a single turnover from their opponents resulted in a 19-goal turnover that left coach Nicole Richardson the lead in her hands.

With the Giants leading by eight early last term, Amy Parmenter stepped up her work rate, keeping Browne much quieter than usual, and the final 15 minutes were determined by the team keeping their blood- cold.

Jamie-Lee Price continued to dominate midfield, with 49 assists, but it was Giants shooter, captain and MVP Jo Harten who led from the front as his team sealed the win. Harten finished with 41/45 including 10 super shots – a long bomb record tying a night.

With the Giants having little response to Shimona Nelson’s shooting dominance early in the game, supply dried up in the Magpies’ circle. After scoring 31 goals in the first half, Nelson scored just 19 in the second.

Giants Netball 69 beat Collingwood Magpies 60

DANGER STICKER

Wood floor sports such as basketball and netball have long questioned the safety of decals on the court and their contribution to injury. The problem cropped up again at the Silverdome, with several players slipping not just on the decals, but all over the pitch.

THE TIME OF YOUNG TALENTS

Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald has an extraordinary ability to spot and develop young talent in the NSW Netball lanes, while showing a reluctance to give them much time on the court in Suncorp Super Netball. With captain Jo Harten benched due to illness

in last week’s game, rising star Matisse Letherbarrow made the most of her 40 minutes of playing time. She turned the lights out with 13/14 regular goals and 9/11 supershots, but was left out of the game. field for the 10th round game.

FINALS FRENZY

With Vixens and Fever ready to play the finals, there is a lock-in for the remaining spots in the top four. Currently, each of the other six teams is a mathematical fluke, but based on current form alone, the Giants and Magpies seem the most likely to join the mix.

The Giants need two to three more wins to cement their place, but the Magpies’ poor start to the season could prove to be their undoing, in one case perhaps too little, too late.

-Jenny Sinclair

AN IMPROBABLE PASSAGE MAINTAINS ADELAIDE’S HOPES

The Adelaide Thunderbirds’ ambitions to end a frustrating final drought remain alive after they produced their best score of the season to thrash the Queensland Firebirds 68-55 at Mile End on Wednesday night.

It was an impressive statement from the Thunderbirds and moved them just one game out of the top four on the ladder with four rounds to go.

The performance was an emphatic response to the disappointing effort against NSW Swifts in Sydney on Sunday as they registered just 40 goals, their worst effort of the season.

“We had to win tonight, we have to win every game to cement the Finals,” Thunderbirds co-captain Hannah Petty said.

“We were upset with the performance (against the Swifts), we needed more heart and that’s what we did today.

“We know that’s the standard we’re playing at now, and it’s about taking it to the next game.”

The Thunderbirds opened the contest with authority to ask the Firebirds a lot of questions.

Thunderbirds champion defender Shamera Sterling is a constant threat to her opponents’ high ball shots and she was immediately in the fray, deflecting the first pass into the Firebirds’ goal circle.

Converting rotational ball to scoreboard pressure has been a problem for the Thunderbirds this season. Not so this match, as the home team punished the Firebirds for their mistakes.

The Thunderbirds showed confidence when in possession and wing Georgie Horjus’ offense was on fire, feeding in shooter Lenize Potgieter with a terrific delivery under the post.

The 20-goal run was the Thunderbirds’ most prolific quarterback for the season.

As the Firebirds coughed up more rolling balls early in the second quarter, Kim Jenner was brought in on goal defense to pay more attention to opponents.

But whenever the visitors threatened to close the gap, the Thunderbirds had a response with Sterling and fellow Jamaican Latanya Wilson having a strong influence in defense to create chances.

Towards the end of the period, the Firebirds replaced emerging shooting star Donnell Wallam with Mia Stower looking for a super hit.

It had an impact, with Stower only making two attempts, although the Thunderbirds held on to the upper hand to lead by five at halftime.

Both teams traded blows in a very competitive third quarter and with solid defensive work the Firebirds cut the deficit to just three.

However, the Thunderbirds refused to be distracted and kept up the intensity to regain the convenient five-goal margin. Their focus was better reflected in the stats with just two rotations for the period.

The Firebirds, who needed an answer, rearranged their roster for the final quarter, bringing Wallam and defenseman Eboni Usoro-Brown back into action and giving Macy Gardner some time on the court on the wing attack.

Adelaide Thunderbirds 68, Queensland Firebirds 55

-Warren Partland

SUPER NETBALL SCALE (after round 10)

1. Vixens (8-2)

2. Fever (7-3)

3. Giants (5-5)

4. Swifts (5-5)

5. Firebirds (4-6)

6. Thunderbirds (4-6)

7. Magpies (4-6)

8. Lightning (3-7)

Top four teams play finals, four rounds left

Originally published as Giants slump ends, upset triggers Adelaide’s final offer: Super Netball wrap

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