Match Report – NSW Swifts v Queensland Firebirds (Round 1, Suncorp Super Netball)
BY ANDREW KENNEDY
“We treat every game like a grand final.” And so it was for Abbey McCulloch’s NSW Swifts, falling all over one another as if they were the new Suncorp Super Netball premiers, when they took a one-goal win in the last seconds over the Queensland Firebirds. In what promised to be a huge showdown between traditional rivals, both teams wanted to start well to make up for a disappointing 2017 Super Netball season. Queensland had placed fifth, while the Swifts were sixth with a paltry three wins. Back from national duties and Commonwealth Games medals, star shooters Romelda Aiken and Helen Housby led their sides from the front. However, it was rookie Sophie Garbin that rescued the Swifts when she came on during the third quarter, fronting legendary keeper and returning new mother, Laura Geitz.