The NSW Swifts have jumped to the top of the Suncorp Super Netball table while the Queensland Firebirds are still looking for their first win of the 2019 season.
NSW Swifts v Collingwood Magpies
The Swifts remain on top of the ladder after a 68 to 52 win over the Magpies.
The Swifts started strong with defenders Sarah Klau and Maddy Turner making life very difficult for the Magpies attack end. However, it didn’t take long for the Magpies to find their feet and get the scores back to even, and it then went goal-for-goal for much of the first quarter.
Shimona Nelson was once again a pillar of strength under the Magpies post, providing an easy target for midcourters Kelsey Browne and Kim Ravaillion to feed into.
The Swifts came out firing in the second quarter, stretching their lead out to nine within five minutes.
Sam Wallace was unstoppable in the Swifts goal ring and was being fed well by Helen Housby who provided the movement and space in the ring.
The Magpies were left looking for answers with coach Rob Wright calling a second time-out to make positional changes right across court.
But the Swifts again lifted their defensive intensity in the third quarter making sure they had hands over everything and making it very difficult for the Magpies to transition into their attack end.
There were clear frustrations by the Magpies all over the court throughout the last quarter and goal keeping superstar Geva Mentor was brought to the sideline halfway through the last.
The Swifts didn’t take their foot off the accelerator in the final quarter, extending their lead out to 16 to finish the match comfortably with all available bonus points in their hands at the final siren.