Netball Scoop Newsletter – Suncorp Super Netball – Round 13, 2020

Netball Scoop Newsletter – Suncorp Super Netball – Round 13, 2020

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Netball Scoop – Suncorp Super Netball – Round 13, 2020

 

Unfortunately Netball Scoop didn’t have any photographers present in north Queensland this round. 

 

RESULTS

Sunshine Coast Lightning 63 defeated Collingwood Magpies 53 (16-12, 19-15, 14-13, 14-13)

West Coast Fever 71 defeated GIANTS Netball 66 (15-17, 17-18, 21-15, 18-16)

NSW Swifts 57 defeated Adelaide Thunderbirds 54 (19-12, 11-16, 12-15, 15-11)

Queensland Firebirds 64 defeated Melbourne Vixens (18-12, 17-18, 13-13, 16-14)

 

LADDER AFTER ROUND THIRTEEN

Position Points Percentage

  1. Melbourne Vixens  .  42  .  113.57%
  2. Sunshine Coast Lightning  .  36  . 100.13%
  3. West Coast Fever   . 34  .  108.16%
  4. New South Wales Swifts  .  32   .  1010.61% 
  5. Giants Netball   .  22  .  99.26% 
  6. Queensland Firebirds  .  22   . 94.7%  
  7. Adelaide Thunderbirds   .   16   .  96.05%  
  8. Collingwood Magpies  .   4   .  87.61% 

 

INJURIES

Maddy Proud (Swifts) sat out Saturday’s game with a neck strain.

Maddie Hay (Giants) left the court after rolling her ankle at the end of the third quarter and sat out the remainder of the game.

Sam Wallace (Swifts) had her knee heavily strapped and looked ginger on it in the third quarter in particular. 

Helen Housby (Swifts) left the court after rolling her ankle in the third quarter, but returned minutes later.

Liz Watson (Vixens) sat out Sunday’s game against the Firebirds with an ankle injury sustained in the round 11 game against the Magpies.

 

MILESTONE GAMES

Congratulations to Peace Proscovia on her 200th national league game. Peace has had a remarkable journey from an impoverished beginning  in her home country of Uganda, to attending university while playing in the English Superleague, and finally onto Suncorp Super Netball. 

Peace Proscovia. Image Marcela Massey

 

ROOKIE OF THE ROUND

It’s not often that two ‘rookies of the round’ come from the same match, but we had trouble deciding between Giant Maddie Hay and Fever defender Olivia Lewis. 

Maddie Hay has built across the season and has now, well and truly earned her starting bib. In Round 13 she took 23 centre receives, and delivered 14 goal assists. But her accurate feeds and game smarts are what is so impressive. She was on track to take a season high Nissan Net Points but was forced from the court 8 minutes into the third quarter after rolling her ankle. Coincidentally it was a clash with our other rookie of the round which forced Hay to the bench. 

Olivia Lewis had only just entered the game and was starting to make an impact in disrupting Hay’s fabulous feeds, when she came out for the intercept which caused Hay’s stumble. Lewis went on to play-out the match and combined exceptionally well with Courtney Bruce. In 22 minutes on court, Lewis collected 6 gains and was pivotal in her team’s fight back.

 

PLAY OF THE ROUND

Geva Mentor met a young Indigenous netball fan while in Townsville, and gave her one of the beautiful netballs designed by Simone Thomson. Little Amaya hasn’t let go of the ball since. It’s small moments like these that can change lives, and quite literally inspire  people to follow their dreams. Well played, Geva. 

 

TEAM OF THE ROUND

The Queensland Firebirds have produced their best third quarter performance all season – to withstand a fightback from a skilled Vixens unit. The Firebirds got off to a great start but conceded the second quarter. During the third the Vixens brought the scores level. This is where the Firebirds have crumbled in the past, however they were able to stay cool and press on, seemingly not feeling the pressure.  This bodes well for Queensland fans heading into 2021. If the Firebirds can hold this core group of young players together, they will push the top teams next season. 

 

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

Is the condensed season causing more turnovers for some teams? It is certainly a plausible explanation for a team of usually safe hands, such as the Vixens. When they faced the Firebirds in Round 2, they only turned over 11 balls, but six weeks and 11 games later, they yielded 26 turnovers. The Lightning and Magpies match also had an inordinate amount of turnovers with 67 in total for the match (Lightning gave up 30, Magpies 37).

The Firebirds were the only team in Round 13 who gave away fewer than 23 turnovers. And, their turnover rate seems to be improving as the season goes on. 

 

TALKING POINT OF THE ROUND

The Indigenous Round has been a highlight in the 2020 calendar so far, and included moving the games to north Queensland, home to many Indigenous people, the thoughts of Marcia Ella-Duncan, sideline commentary of Sharon Finnan-White, spectacular uniforms, ball and court markings. There was also more discussion than ever before about what needs to be done to improve and empower Indigenous athletes in netball. 

However social media lit up when Firebirds’ Jemma Mi Mi, didn’t get on court during their game against Vixens in the final match of Indigenous Round. Based on recent form, Lara Dunkley was given the nod to start the game at wing attack ahead of Mi Mi. But an opportunity was missed with a minute to go when Dunkley went down with what appeared to be cramp. The game was seemingly safe in Firebirds’ grasp at that stage, and it would have been the perfect time for Mi Mi to enter the game and replace Dunkley. 

Not to take the court at all was a disappointing outcome given that Mi Mi is the only Indigenous player in Suncorp Super Netball, and has been under immense pressure, particularly this week, to represent all Indigenous netballers. The situation highlighted the fact that so much more needs to be done, so that more Indigenous athletes have the opportunity to play netball at the highest levels. 

 

 

TWEET OF THE WEEK

 

Borrowed from Binnian Hunt’s Instagram page.

 

STAND OUT STATISTICS

INDIVIDUAL

 

Nissan Net Points 

Jhaniele Fowler (Fever) – 138.5

Jamie-Lee Price (Giants) – 103.5

 

Goal Assists

Verity Charles (Fever) – 24 

Paige Hadley (Swifts) – 23

Steph Wood (Lightning) – 21 

 

Feeds

Mahalia Cassidy (Firebirds) – 44 

Paige Hadley (Swifts) –  40 

Nat Haythorntwaite (Swifts) – 38 

 

Centre Pass Receives 

Nat Haythornthwaite (Swifts) – 31

Georgie Horjus (Thunderbirds) – 29

Maddie Hay (Giants) – 23 (40 minutes on court)

 

Gains

Courtney Bruce (Fever) – 12 (2 intercepts, 3 deflections with a gain, 7 rebounds)

Phumza Maweni (Lightning) – 8 (5 intercepts, 2 deflections with a gain, 1 rebound)

Shamera Sterling (Thunderbirds) – 6 (3 intercepts, 1 deflection with a gain, 2 rebounds)

Kim Jenner (Firebirds) – 6 (3 intercepts, 2 deflections with a gain, 1 rebound)

Olivia Lewis (Fever) – 5 (in 22 minutes on court:  2 intercepts, 1 deflection with a gain, 2 rebounds)

 

Turnovers

Kiera Austin (Giants) – 11 

Kelly Altmann (Magpies) – 9 

Molly Jovic (Magpies) – 9

 

Penalties

Kadie-Ann Dehaney (Vixens) – 23

Sarah Klau (Swifts) – 20 

Courtney Bruce (Fever) – 14 

 

TEAM

Queensland Firebirds (442.5 Nissan Net Points, 61/74  82.4%,  3/6 super shots,  55% time in possession, 18 gains, 11 intercepts, 17 deflections, 44 penalties, 20 turnovers)

 

CONTRACTING NEWS

Some teams have already shared details of who will be filling their 2021 roster. Magpies have confirmed that Geva Mentor will be back in black, alongside Kelsey Browne, Ash Brazill and Shimon Nelson.

While not officially confirmed by the Adelaide Thunderbirds, Chelsea Pitman has advised her fans that she will not be playing for the club in 2021. She was quick to confirm that her Instagram post was not an announcement of her retirement.

 

 

MATCH REVIEWS

Sunshine Coast Lightning 63 defeated Collingwood Magpies 53

By Cara Gledhill

WHO dominated?

Phumza Maweni dominated in defence for the Lightning with eight defensive gains to her name, including a crucial five intercepts. Maweni and Karla Pretorius combined down the back to force the Magpies into cross-court balls

The back three for the Magpies kicked up a notch this week, taking a combined 13 gains for the game and troubling the Lightning attack. The attacking midcourt for the Lightning was turnover-riddled with Laura Scherian and Laura Langman turning over the ball 13 times between them, testament to the space

After a timeout at the end of the second quarter, Mel Bragg started to reap the rewards of her defensive pressure taking a circle edge intercept on an errant bounce pass (which was unfortunately then turned over in transition). Bragg was then instrumental in keeping the Magpies in the game, taking three intercepts in the third quarter alone. This forced a change from Lightning coach Kylee Byrne who brought on youngster Binnian Hunt at wing attack.

WHAT worked?

The kiwi-style zone defence strategy was effective for the Lightning and helped them pick up plenty of turnover ball, especially in the midcourt. The Lightning clouded up the middle channel for the Magpies, who were forced into cross-court passes, ripe for intercept from Pretorius or Maweni.

After a patch of domination from Bragg, the impact of the youngster Hunt in at wing attack was important for the Lightning. Hunt came on strongly, scoring a gain in her first minute on court and able to keep Bragg quiet across the fourth quarter.

 It was defensive domination again for the Magpies. The defensive line is where a lot of experience lies for the Magpies with Geva Mentor and Jamaican international Jodi Ann Ward growing in their partnership every week. Their back line is among the best in the competition and this is where they should start the rebuild for 2021.

WHAT needs improvement?

For both teams, this was a turnover-ridden game with the Magpies coughing it up 37 times and the Lightning 30. With the Lightning heading to finals, they will need to get this under control. This contributed to a topsy turvy game where the Lightning looked the stronger team for the majority of the match, but were unable to push their advantage across the game.

For the Magpies, they struggled against the zone-style defence of the Lightning. They simply could not convert the ball they got. They converted just 39% of their 17 gains and 40% of the Lightning’s turnovers.

They also recorded a sky high 37 turnovers for the game, including 20 to halftime. The midcourt combined for 24 between them with Kelly Altmann (nine), Molly Jovic (nine) and Mel Bragg (six) coughing up plenty of turnover ball. The future looks positive for the Magpies if they can reduce this stat. They certainly won enough defensive ball to take the game or even draw slightly closer but lacked the composure when it counted.

WHERE was it won?

The Lightning were simply able to take advantage and go on runs when it counted. With the Magpies consistently needing to catch up through supershots, the Lightning were able to keep things ticking over with one goal shots, while the Magpies struggled to find Gabby Sinclair who tired significantly after halftime.

Nyah Allen was put on for the Magpies in the final three minutes of the third quarter, giving her little time to adjust in the combination with Shimona Nelson which we haven’t seen much this season. While she couldn’t find the supershot on her one attempt, she was then benched for the remainder of the game as the Magpies continued to struggle in their attack combination in the last quarter. Allen has shown a good knack for ball placement in the circle and with her accurate shooting, so will hope to see more court time before the season is out.

WHERE was it lost?

With taking the game technically possible (but unlikely) in the final minutes of the last quarter, the Magpies shot three single goals in a row, reducing the gap to eight. There seems to be a lack of belief in the team that they can take the game in these crucial moments.

WHEN was the game won and lost?

While the supershot means that ten goals can be an attainable margin in a quarter, the Magpies looked out of the contest by the end of the third quarter. They took their biggest defensive run at the Lightning during the third quarter

HOW did she do that?!

At the beginning of the third quarter, Mel Bragg took a stunning circle edge intercept over the top of Scherian. Bragg then had to stay onside with a press up off the ball and still managed to get it off without a held ball.

MVP: Phumza Maweni (Lightning)

 

Borrowed from the Collingwood Netball Club Instagram page.

 

West Coast Fever 71 defeated GIANTS Netball 66

By Jenny Sinclair

It was the most unusual of games, given just how much was at stake for both teams. A Fever victory kept their hopes of a top-two finish alive, while for the Giants it was simple – a win was their only chance of making the finals. Despite this, Fever looked curiously flat for much of the match, while despite shooting at just 70.4%, Giants left their most accurate and experienced player on the bench.

WHO dominated?

Once again, Jhaniele Fowler was impressive for Fever, shooting 63/66 at 96% accuracy. However her opponent Sam Poolman jumped on any misplaced passes, coming away with three gains.

In a back line that was constantly juggled to quell the influence of Kiera Austin, Courtney Bruce was in strong form with 10 gains. She was most influential at goal keeper, but was moved out to goal defence and had a good impact against Austin, reducing both the number of goals she potted, and her work across the transverse line.

Olivia Lewis made an immediate difference when she was introduced at goal keeper, coming up with six gains in just 20 minutes on court. Her energy levels were also contagious, helping galvanise a side that looked tired.

For the Giants, Maddie Hay had one of her best outings this season. Prior to leaving the court with an ankle injury in the third quarter, she was one of the Giants’ best with 28 feeds and 23 centre pass receives.

Kiera Austin and Jamie-Lee Price were strong defensively, each pulling in four intercepts across the match.

WHAT worked?

While it was an ugly win for the Fever, it would have given the team confidence that they could fight back from a deficit and then hold on to a lead, something that’s challenged the club at various times over the years. With just one round until finals, the victory was as much psychological as physical.

It was also a masterly coaching performance from Stacey Marinokovich – she pulled the right moves at the right times in a bid to quell the influence of individual players, or to change momentum at critical points in the match. Fever were able to deal with the restructures, and while the netball wasn’t pretty at times, it worked.

The Giants started the game in blinding fashion, putting enormous pressure on Fever’s normally slick midcourt, and forcing multiple changes in personnel.

Crucial to the Giants’ game plan was stopping the ball well before it reached Fowler, and they won more ball against the Fever than most teams are able to. Their 15 intercepts, while partly created by some very sloppy Fever passing, was also a testament to a strong team defence, which included 9 balls picked off in the midcourt. Strong hands-over pressure forced many of the errors.

Taking out an aberrant last quarter where both teams looked exhausted and it was reflected in the stats, both the Fever and the Giants would have been contented with conversion rates. Fever scored from an average of 75% of their centre passes, while the Giants were similarly impressive at 70%. Goals from gains was also strong, with Fever scoring from 68% of their gains, and the Giants 72%.

WHAT needs improvement?

Austin (65% accuracy) and Jo Harten (76% accuracy) might want to throw in some extra shooting practice this week, to capitalise on the strong defensive work by the team. There’s also some work to be done in maintaining possession, with the pair coughing up 12 turnovers between them.

There were also some unnecessarily rough periods of play, with the Giants’ Jamie-Lee Price at one point giving Jess Anstiss a hefty shove into the hoardings. Anstiss collected the floorboards on a number of occasions, with her captain at one point calling to the umpires, ‘Enough is enough’, after they failed to rein in the bruising midcourt encounters.

While the Fever came away with 22 deflections, they only had four intercepts across the match. If they are to progress in the finals they need to find a way to win more ball from their opponents. At times, there simply wasn’t enough through court defence, with the Giants having some untroubled passages to goal.

Their passing also needs attention, with far too many balls not lifted enough to clear hands-over pressure, or not elevated enough to Fowler under the goal post.

Both teams struggled in the final quarter, and whether it was a product of tiredness or the different weather conditions in northern Queensland, their mutual fifteen minute fadeout was concerning. Both teams gave up 11 turnovers in the last quarter, almost half of their tally for the entire match.

WHERE was it won?

Fever won the game through persistence. Despite trailing in the second and third quarters, they were able to bring the game back to par and then push on in the fourth quarter. The big difference was that Fever scored off 71% of turnovers in the final quarter, to the Giants’ meagrely 33%.

Despite some tired looking moments, and the spectre of being run down by supershots, the Fever fought on to the end.  

WHERE was it lost?

With finals on the line, the Giants’ game plan was mind boggling. With Austin struggling to hit her target (7 turnovers and shooting at 65% accuracy) and their first choice wing attack benched through injury, surely it would have made sense to bring on Caitlin Bassett as a proven performer in goals, and send Austin to WA.  

However, first Amy Parmenter – a wing defence – was trialled there, then Claire O’Brien, who has had limited court time since her return from an Achilles tendon rupture. So it begs the question of whether there are other factors in play that the public are unaware of. 

The absence of Parmenter at wing defence was keenly missed, and partly responsible for Verity Charles finding more room to move.  

WHEN was the game won and lost?

Towards the end of the third quarter, Fever picked up a gear and started to eat into the Giants’ margin. They continued to capitalise in the fourth, and despite a messy quarter, edged away to a five goal win.

HOW did she do that?!

With a shot from Harten heading over the sidelines, Austin dived headlong over the baseline, and flicked the ball back into play while she was en route to the ground.

MVP: Verity Charles (Fever)

 

Borrowed from Giants’ Netball Instagram page.

 

NSW Swifts defeated Adelaide Thunderbirds 57-54

By Andrew Kennedy

WHO dominated? 

In the absence of injured Swifts captain Maddy Proud, Paige Hadley carried out an MVP performance at centre. A complete dynamo, she was in the right place at the right time, dominating the circle edge in both attack and defence. She retained composure when her shooters were doubting themselves in the third quarter to keep her team afloat.. It was especially admirable to see her elevation, using the space above the court better than has been seen all season, so her opponent had no chance to deflect the ball.

For Thunderbirds, it was fascinating to see some new options, and they have always been able to rely on the accuracy of Lenize Potgieter. Adelaide would not have a sniff without her, shooting at 97% and being a target using her strength and height, her judicious fend-offs, and deceptive quick moves.

WHAT worked? 

Swifts started in very hot form, with wide attacking structures where Housby already knew that Hadley was heading to the left pocket, opening Haythornthwaite and Wallace to present a variety of options, the dodge, the backspace, and the swing to circle top.

Out of finals contention, teams like the Thunderbirds look to their future. Tania Obst needs to retain confidence in the club and players, and the younger athletes need a shot. It was controversial but good to see almost none of the co-captains, Chelsea Pitman and Hannah Petty, while Georgie Horjus and Maisie Nankivell were holding the midcourt together for most of the match. Horjus in particular showed a different brand of midcourt, using speed and variety rather than the strength and height offered by her senior players.

WHAT needs improvement?

The Sydney team have the chance to defend their title, but from a weak position. Their shooters have lost their usual brilliant combination of tenacity and calm. They can derive belief from the security of the midcourt. Also, Sarah Klau was quite ruffled by the deliberate push-offs of Potgieter, and needs to be composed and adjust without letting the opponent get a run-on. There seemed to be a rev-up from her coach at 3/4 time that improved her attitude in the last 15 minutes and reduced the access to the star South African.

For the South Aussies, the outstanding Sterling can use the off-season to complete her game. She is magnificent at 1-on-1 and flying intercepts, but not as good at tracking a moving circle. If she can learn to cover the ground in partnership with the very smart Guscoth, it will be a scary combination for shooters in 2021.

WHERE was it won?  

The ball security for Swifts was the key. They weren’t consistent, but they had a reasonably tidy 23 turnovers to the opposition’s 26. More importantly, they only let Sterling have three intercepts and ZERO for the rest of the Thunderbirds, while nabbing nine intercepts themselves. It was a good team effort in defence that won a scrappy game.

WHERE was it lost?

It was all a bit too easy for Hadley, knowing she could dictate the space through the middle. Van de Merwe needed to dictate her space, or call Nankivell back to help to mix things up. The Thunderbirds had an inexperienced line on court, and variety in team defence would have helped.

WHEN was the game won and lost? 

Swifts had a strong opening, but they failed to dominate, and they had to rely on luck. Neither team had really been in the winner’s circle of late, so it was just the way NSW played the clock down in the last 80 seconds, as they have done in two other games this year, that gave them the vital victory. They were very comfortable playing wide or in reverse with long passes, and it gave Adelaide no chance to intercept.

HOW did she do that? 

There was a tough injection for Sophie Garbin late in the third quarter, and coach Briony Akle had to rescue her side from a 2-goal deficit. Both Housby and Wallace were in injury worry, and it wouldn’t be fair to pick on one person to lift their form. Akle told the team to “play as if it’s your last game”, and the team picked up their heads.

After Sam Gooden had a regrettable third quarter, Horjus was put into goals and hit 3/4 supershots in the final power five, truly threatening for a victory single-handedly.

MVP: Paige Hadley (Swifts)

 

Borrowed from Helen Housby’s Instagram page.

 

Queensland Firebirds 64 defeated Melbourne Vixens 58

By Ian Harkin

With the minor premiership already in Vixens’ hands, and Firebirds unable to make the finals, there was little but pride riding on the result of this match. There was no lack of motivation for the Firebirds though, and they got on top with a strong first quarter. Vixens threatened at stages after that and even hit the front early in the third quarter, but the Queensland team quickly regained control to win by six goals.

WHO dominated?

The Firebirds didn’t have a poor player, but this win was set up by the defensive effort of their back three. Tara Hinchliffe, Kim Jenner and captain Gabi Simpson had 15 possession gains between them and their constant pressure was just too much for a Vixens side minus the brilliance and experience of Liz Watson at wing attack. The pressure started right from the centre pass, where Simpson in particular made life extremely difficult for her two inexperienced Vixens opponents.

The combination of Hinchliffe and Jenner was critical to the Firebirds’ success in limiting Vixens’ attacking opportunities. Hinchliffe was tremendous at the back, but the star of the show was undoubtedly Jenner. As has happened on several occasions this year, when she is on song, she is an irresistible force. Her reactions and speed off the mark are so quick, there is almost no such thing as a safe pass in the attacking third. The energy that she brings to her team can’t be underestimated. 

Having won all that possession in defence, Romelda Aiken then provided the perfect target at the other end. She is a rejuvenated player in 2020; moving well, positioning well, and dominating almost as much as she did at her peak. Try as they might, Vixens didn’t have an answer for Aiken in this game.  

WHAT worked?

Composure is what Firebirds showed in this game. One problem the team has had in recent seasons is an inability to remain focused for the full 60 minutes. When Vixens made a run in the third quarter and took the lead, Firebirds fans would have been excused for thinking it was happening all over again. But this lineup appears to be made of stronger stuff. They simply continued to do what had been working for them to that point, and quickly reasserted their authority. 

Lara Dunkley has been a good addition at wing attack. She is a steady player who just goes about her job on court with little fuss or fanfare. She is forming a solid combination with centre Mahalia Cassidy. Between the two of them, they totalled 35 goal assists and just four turnovers, and repeatedly bided their time, patiently waiting until they were able to find a dominant Romelda Aiken under the post. It wasn’t always exciting, but it was almost always effective. 

WHAT needs improvement? 

Liz Watson’s injury does not appear to be serious and she should be back on deck for the Vixens very soon. But her absence from the midcourt was very noticeable in this game. The connection just wasn’t quite there between Kate Moloney and the two young players entrusted to take Watson’s position for this game; Tayla Honey and Elle McDonald. Unlike last week, Moloney wasn’t able to control the show on her own. In fact, her opponent Mahalia Cassidy had the better of that battle. Vixens will eagerly await the return of Watson. 

WHERE was it won

Put simply, the Firebirds were on top all over the court. This is one case where statistics don’t lie. Firebirds had more gains (18-9), more intercepts (11-5), less turnovers (26-20) and less penalties (74-55). It is a rarity for them to come out on top in all of those measures, and on this occasion, it was a good guide to their dominance. Without Vixens’ prodigious use of the super shot, Firebirds would have won by 14 goals, and some would argue that is a better indication of the game. 

WHERE was it lost?

Without Watson, there was an understandable lack of cohesion in attack and this was costly for Vixens. Once the ball found the hands of their shooters, they were as reliable and as accurate as ever. But on many occasions, the ball simply didn’t get there, because of a lack of understanding. Players were sometimes guilty of not offering targets, leading to bad passing choices. On several occasions, wild passes were thrown cross court, just waiting to be picked off gleefully by Simpson or Jenner. 

WHEN was the game won and lost?

For much of this game, the score was seemingly not a true reflection of the play on court. Firebirds dominated possession and seemed to have control of the match, but that wasn’t showing up on the scoreboard. Helped largely by outstanding use of the super shot, Vixens were able to keep well within striking distance. But in the early stages of the fourth quarter, Firebirds blew the game wide open. A 12-4 run meant they had a 12 goal lead heading into the final power play. As proficient as Vixens are at that part of the game, Firebirds only needed to keep a cool head and the win was theirs.

HOW did she do that?!

Caitlin Thwaites was her usual accurate self in this game with 17 goals from 18 attempts. But it was her shooting from distance that stood out. An incredible tally of seven super shots from seven attempts, kept Vixens in the hunt, in a game they might otherwise have lost badly. Her shooting was sweet, even if she did use up every little bit of her allowed time to do it. If the Vixens are in any trouble during the finals series, it could well be the super shot that rescues them. And there aren’t many better exponents of it than Thwaites.

MVP: Kim Jenner (Firebirds)

 

Borrowed from Suncorp Super Netball’s social media account.

 

WHAT’S NEXT 

Saturday 26 September 1pm  Magpies v Firebirds  Nissan Arena  Channel 9 / Netball Live

Saturday 26 September 3pm  Swifts v Giants  Nissan Arena  Challen 9 / Netball Live 

Saturday 26 September 7.30pm  Fever v Thunderbirds  Nissan Arena  Telstra TV / Netball Live 

Sunday 27 September 1pm  Lightning v Vixens  USC Stadium  Channel 9 / Netball Live 

 

NETBALL SCOOP PODCAST

Please tune into the Netball Scoop Podcast on Mondays throughout the remainder of the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball Season. Co-hosts Alexia Mitchell and Phoebe Doyle cover the latest Suncorp Super Netball news, including post-match discussions and analysis, coach and player interviews, and have a special focus on the rookies of the competition. Just like the netball, the episodes are short and sharp – perfect for listeners on the go!

 

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