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.
MAGPIES V VIXENS (58 – 47)
The Collingwood Magpies spectacularly qualified for Super Netball finals, after beating the Melbourne Vixens by 11-points on Sunday afternoon.
After the Giant’s earlier win, Collingwood needed at least three bonus points, plus an impressive percentage boost to ascend into top four.
Despite being on the same amount of game points, the substantial 11-point victory pipped the Giants’ ladder percentage.
The win will see next week’s minor semi-final become a Melbourne derby, with both sides facing off next Sunday at the State Netball Hockey Centre.
Collingwood’s line-up excelled in all thirds, with Geva Mentor being a pillar in defence, Nat Medhurst driving the attack and Ashleigh Brazil setting the midcourt tone.
“Hopefully we've got some momentum going into finals,” Magpies assistant coach Nicole Richardson told AAP.
We knew they could play that brand of netball, it's just taken a little bit to get it out of them.”
With Collingwood’s current form, Simone McKinnis will have her work cut out for her if the Vixens are to do some damage next Sunday.
While both sides are capable of winning when they are playing their best, the Magpies’ pressurised defence will be difficult for their opposition to penetrate.
Yet, the results of the this round have proven that anything is possible – a mantra which will be relevant for all sides playing in semi-finals next weekend.