Match Report – Queensland Firebirds v NSW Swifts (Round 8, 2018 Suncorp Super Netball)
BY KATRINA NISSEN
There is something about a state of origin clash that brings out the emotion in players. Queensland Firebirds captain Gabi Simpson says the ‘massive rivalry’ between the Firebirds and the NSW Swifts stems from the multiple grand final clashes they have had. Regardless of the cause, the Firebirds were not about to let the Swifts two-up them this season, when they hosted the Sydney-siders in a passion fuelled game which also featured a Laura Geitz death stare. Both teams started the game with their familiar starting seven. The home side’s plays were also habitual, and Sarah Klau knew it. She rode Romelda Aiken from the outset and managed to get her hand to a tip within the first few seconds of the game.