2017 has started off with a bang for our Magpies who returned to training on 4 January.
Our girls headed up to Sydney for our first set of hit out matches against the Swifts and the Giants.
Head Coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell said this “was a great opportunity for the team to determine both the great parts of their game, but also the areas in need of improvement.”
It was a great first game for our Magpies with a 12 goal in their first ever match together against the Swifts.
In our second game against the Giants, after four epic quarters the scoreboard read 59-55 but we decided to play a fifth quarter & the final score was 69-72.
“For us, it wasn’t about the scoreboard, it was about making sure we improved from the first game, which we knew was going to be tough.”
“The standard of the game was up there with the ANZ Championship and its only January. So the fans have got a lot to look forward to. The speed of the ball and movement through the court was amazing. It is truly netball like you’ve never seen it before.”
Our injured Magpies are also making speedy recoveries. Ash Brazill was able to play in both practice matches and gave her all on the court.
“It was amazing to see her come back to full flight and get her hands on that ball, particularly getting some crucial intercepts”, said Keppich-Birrell.
Although Cody Lange didn’t make the court, she’s looking hopeful for an early season return to the Super Netball League.
“She is training with some of the best players in the world and she’s at contest level right now.”
Samantha Gooden, Matilda Garrett and Alice Teague-Neeld have also recently returned from the World Youth Cup that was held in Fiji. Keppich-Birrell said that their physical preparations for that tournament had been extremely beneficial to the Magpies training.
Keppich-Birrell looks forward to the 2017 team debut and said, “yes we may have targets on our backs, but we are aware and are more than willing to play the villain card with no excuse.”