It was a tough loss to the GIANTS on the road at Ken Rosewall Arena but as always, there were plenty of important takeaways from the match.
1. You can’t give quality sides a head-start
The Pies will need to break their first-quarter false starts if they’re going to compete with the best in the business.
It was an unfortunate case of déjà vu when Collingwood conceded the opening term to the GIANTS and were forced to play catch up for the remainder of the match.
The Magpies can take solace from the fact that they won the second half by five goals, but will need to tidy up their opening term if they want to turn their fortunes around.
The signs are certainly there, it’s now a matter of stringing together four quarters.
2. Kelsey Browne hasn’t missed a beat
While Kelsey Browne returned from her anterior cruciate ligament injury in 2020, it was evident that the dynamic mid-courter wasn’t at her full potential. The comeback was further marred when Browne strained the same knee in the latter half of the season.
With a full pre-season under her belt, the stage has been set for Browne to return to form as one of the best mid-courters in the league – and if the first two rounds are anything to go by, she is going to do just that.
Browne was a shining light for the Magpies on Saturday afternoon, recording 34 feeds, 19 centre-pass receives and 75 Nissan Net Points.
A second half shift into centre reignited the Magpies as Browne led from the front with pace to burn and pin-point feeds into the shooting circle, her form and versatility earning her a position in the NISSAN Net Points Team of the Round.
3. Jodi-Ann Ward continues to fly under the radar
Jodi-Ann Ward continues to be one of the Magpies’ most consistent performers.
Ward backed up her solid Round 1 performance with 65.5 Nissan Net Points to qualify for the Team of the Round, alongside three intercepts, seven deflections and five gains.
Ward worked in tandem with Jacqui Newton as the pair stood up to a formidable GIANTS shooting lineup. In the absence of injured stalwart Geva Mentor, the defensive duo more than held their own.