Collingwood Magpies v Adelaide Thunderbirds

The Magpies have put themselves back on the winner’s circle after a 65-47 victory over the Thunderbirds and claimed all eight available premiership points.

Both teams came out firing from the first centre pass making for a physical and hard-fought first few minutes.

The Magpies were quick to capitalise on turnovers by feeding them into Shimona Nelson who shot at 92 per cent in the first term.

It was the Thunderbirds’ goal keeper Shamera Sterling and goal shooter Maria Folau who stood out for Adelaide in the second quarter.

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However, the away side struggled to get any flow in their attack end, making it difficult for midcourters Chelsea Pitman and Hannah Petty to feed into Folau and Sasha Glasgow. 

Magpies defence in play by Geva Mentor and April Brandley only made it harder with their pressure and critical intercepts.

The Magpies’ swift transition out of defence was leaving the Thunderbirds looking for answers leading into half time.

The Thunderbirds continued to rotate their roster, struggling to lock in the perfect combinations particularly in defence with Nelson found alone under the post resulting in a 12-point lead.

Sterling was a shining light for the Thunderbirds throughout the match and with her record-equaling eight intercepts, she earned herself a Player of the Match nod.