The final round of Suncorp Super Netball did not disappoint. Fans were spoilt with unexpected results and edge of your seat play, setting the scene for an unpredictable finals series.
GIANTS V FEVER (70 – 60)
Giants Netball made a gutsy final push for finals after downing the West Coast Fever by ten points on Saturday.
Yet, in a heartbreaking result for the Giants, Collingwood’s later win on Sunday meant they were knocked out of the top-four solely based on percentage.
The Fever contested strongly towards the end of the match, winning the final quarter by two points.
Therefore, following a drawn first term, the Giants were only able to bank two bonus points – a result which came back to haunt them with the Magpies’ victory.
After announcing her retirement earlier in the week, Kim Green starred in her final match, cementing her outstanding legacy in Australian netball.
The Giants win was largely instigated by the defensive work of Sam Poolman and Kristina Manu’a, who were able to shift the game’s momentum after the Fever took an early lead.
As Julie’ Fitzgerald’s side took their game to the next level, West Coast were forced to play catch-up.
It wasn’t until the final quarter when the Fever truly made the Giants earn every point.
However, persistence from the Giants, led by an impressive effort from Caitlin Bassett was simply enough to outclass their opponents.
“(I’m) really proud of what we put out there today,” Bassett said post-match
“With the announcement of Kimmy’s retirement this week, it’s great to have a win for her for her last home game.”
Whilst the Giants’ season has since come to an abrupt end, their 2019 season showed incredible promise, priming them for next year.