Key Learnings: Round 3 v Adelaide Thunderbirds

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The Magpies notched their first win of the season against the Adelaide Thunderbirds at John Cain Arena, with plenty of positives to take from the match.

Gabrielle Keegan

1. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it

Since the introduction of rolling subs in the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball season, there have been a number of different approaches to rotating players throughout the game.

However, on Saturday afternoon Head Coach Nicole Richardson stuck with her original starting seven from first centre pass to final siren.

While it may have been seen as a risk not bringing fresh legs in as the game wore on, the starting seven were able to grind out a close win.

With the game on a knife’s edge for the duration and the margin not extending beyond six goals, Richardson backed in the seven who were settled into the tempo to bring home the win.

2. Gabby Sinclair is made for big moments

With the Thunderbirds holding a two-goal lead heading into the Power 5 in the final quarter, the stage was set for a shooter to step up and stake their claim on the match.

Enter Gabby Sinclair.

Sinclair nailed the two-point bomb with three minutes to play to even the ledger and another after the final siren to seal the margin at four goals.

Sinclair returned to her sharp shooting best and was cool, calm and collected under pressure; nailing 18 shots at 82% shooting accuracy, including five Super Shots.

3. Not just here to make up the numbers

If the scenes of jubilation on court weren’t enough, then the sheer elation shown by the girls when they sung the song in the rooms post-match was clear evidence of just how much this result meant to them.

With just one win in the hub in season 2020 and a long and gruelling pre-season behind them, taking home the four points couldn't have been more important.

Having found the winning formula, could this confidence booster be just what the group needs to continue their success moving forward?

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