Key Learnings: Round 12 v NSW Swifts

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The Magpies produced their best game of the 2021 season, recording a 7-goal win over the Swifts to show the competition just what they’re capable of.

Gabrielle Keegan

1. Four quarters of Collingwood’s best can beat just about anyone

It’s what Head Coach Nicole Richardson has been crying out for, and on Tuesday afternoon Collingwood finally delivered the four quarters of netball that they’re capable of.

“We went close to winning seven positions on court today,” Richardson said post-match.

The Magpies produced their best four-quarter performance of the season and while they still face an uphill battle to slip into the top-four, wins in their remaining games would further improve their chances.

The next immediate task remains reproducing the level of netball they put out on the court again on Thursday night – a challenge in itself coming off a two-day break to face the Queensland Firebirds.

2. Geva Mentor has quietly returned to her best

While Jodi-Ann Ward has rightfully received ample praise for her outstanding season, quietly by her side Geva Mentor has returned to some of her own best form.

Hampered by a back injury early in the season, Mentor has regained further mobility and athleticism each week and in the past three weeks has produced some of her best netball of the year.

Mentor recorded a team-high six gains, along with eight deflections and two intercepts, forcing the Swifts to make multiple changes within the shooting circle.

3. Shimona Nelson is a force to be reckoned with

It always felt like the best was still to come for Shimona Nelson.

After recording her 50th national league appearance earlier this year, Nelson has only gone from strength to strength in season 2021.

With a previous personal best of 55 goals in a match, Nelson blew her record out of the water with an enormous 69-goal haul on Tuesday.

"Words can't actually express how I feel, to be honest," Nelson said after hearing of her total post-match.

Nelson’s tally equals the record set by Jhaniele Fowler last year (who shot 69 goals, including one Super Shot against the Swifts in Round 12).

However for Nelson, her mind was always on the team’s performance.

"My performance was based on just wanting to give it all for my team at this point because we know we have the capabilities of making the finals."

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