Sunshine Coast Lightning v Collingwood Magpies

Collingwood's season is now over after they fell to the Lightning 58-56 but they didn't go down without a fight.

They took a narrow 6-5 advantage in the opening minutes and as the game settled both sides delivered tough one-on-one defence, making it harder for teams to move. However, a penalty in the goal circle from Collingwood gave Lightning the lead.

Lighting started to break down the Magpies defensive end but momentum quickly swung with Collingwood turning a three-goal deficit into a one-goal advantage. Once again, the momentum swung as Steph Wood scored eight goals and had eight assists which saw Lightning take a five-goal lead late in the second quarter.

They pushed it out to a 10 goal lead in the third quarter but it wasn't over as Magpies pegged back four goals prompting a Lightning timeout. Lighting lead 47-43 heading into the final quarter but the Magpies were unable to convert their chances as the Lightning defence held firm.

West Coast Fever v NSW Swifts

It was going to be a tough game for the sixth place Swifts but they ultimately fell to the Fever 74-68.

Swifts coach Briony Akle put captain Abbey McCulloch on the bench with Kate Eddy taking the wing defence role. The Swifts held a four-goal advantage at halftime, taking bonus points in both the first and second quarters but they were mowed down in the second half by Fever juggernaut. 

“We needed to get back to what we knew we needed to do, and that's what we addressed at halftime," Fever Coach Stacey Marinkovich said.

“We have a style and a brand that we want to play, and everyone has a role to play in that, so it doesn't matter who we come up against, we still have to deliver on that," she said.

It was the first time in Australian national league history that a team has scored more than 63 goals in a game and still lost.

Queensland Firebirds v Giants Netball

Laura Geitz was the standout player in the Firebirds 64-50 win over the Giants, an important win for the Queenslanders to stay in finals contention. 

Firebirds coach Rosalee Jenke made one change for this clash, with Kim Jenner starting over wing defence Tara Hinchliffe.

The Firebirds forced the victor to make changes after they were held to nine goals in the second quarter and only 10 in the third. The Giants won the bonus point in the final quarter but it was too late.

Melbourne Vixens v Adelaide Thunderbirds

The Melbourne Vixens have moved into second place on the ladder after defeated the Adelaide Thunderbirds 73-48.

It was a fifth straight win for the Vixens and a clean sweep of the bonus points as they leapfrogged the Giants Netball. The Thunderbirds, who are yet to win a game this season, had a shining light in Cat Tuivaiti who scored 28 goals and missed only one.

Tuivaiti only returned to the side after an ACL injury last week.

The Vixens showed no mercy against a Thunderbirds blowing them off the court 21-9 in the first quarter and never looking back.