The young faces on show in Round One of Super Netball were a timely reminder how lucky Australia is to boast the best netball competition on the planet.
It was the first round of Super Netball for 2020, and it certainly not disappoint, with plenty of new faces, and experienced ones too, it was a round filled with excitement.
We rehash all the results below, with a plethora of incredibly talented young faces the constant theme throughout.
QLD Firebirds V SC Lightning
Score- Firebirds (44) def by Lightning (66)
The Queensland derby certainty didn’t disappoint with the Firebirds controlling the game for three quarters, it was the new 2 point shot rule that helped the Lightning get back into the game, with one of the super shot queens Steph Wood, putting on a clinic in the shooting circle.
It did take a bit for the Lightning to warm up, with the Firebirds putting on a show in the first half, showing off their new young talent, in shooter Tippah Diwan putting on an absolute show, and making her a fan favourite down at the Firebirds.
Adelaide Thunderbirds V WC Fever
Score- Thunderbirds 62 def by Fever (74)
It was a great clash between the Fever and Thunderbirds, with new Thunderbirds recruit in Potgieter putting on a show in her new colours, but the Jamaican shooter in Fowler was just too good, causing lots of headaches for the Thunderbird’s defenders, even shooting a few super shots.
Sterling was good but was very hard to defend Fowler. But the true star was Alice Teague Neeld, playing her breakout game in the green. If this game is anything to show for it, it’s going to be a great year for her. Fever in the end was just too good for the Thunderbirds
Giants V NSW Swifts
Score- Giants (61) def by Swifts (63)
It was a nail biter in the end, with the Giants taking control of the game in the first half, before the Swifts clicked into gear, both teams had great transition through the midcourt, Keira Austin proved a headache for the Swifts, with her versatility, being able to play both Wing attack and Goal attack, her feeds into the circle were outstanding and she was a pro at the Super shots.
The Swifts line up were all class, with Sam Wallace stealing the show in the Swift’s goal circle.
Vixens V Magpies
Score- Vixens (63) Def Magpies (52)
The Vixens' experience proved too good for the young Magpies, but that certainty didn’t stop the Magpies giving them a run for their money.
It was awesome to see the Browne sisters finally out on court together, their linkup work was awesome. The young stars for the magpies were awesome, With Ward, Bragg and Jovic all showing what they are capable of this season.
The Vixens had their usual partners in crime in Moloney and Watson running the midcourt. It wasn’t until the last quarter where the Vixens put their foot down, but with Shimona Nelson to come in for the magpies next week, they showed promising signs.