Key Learnings: Round 4 v Queensland Firebirds

28 days ago

The Magpies have recorded back-to-back wins after triumphing over the Firebirds, with plenty to take from the three-goal victory at the Silverdome.

Gabrielle Keegan

1. All ten players are ready to step up

Not a single rolling substitution was made in Collingwood’s Round 3 victory over the Thunderbirds, with head coach Nicole Richardson chalking up the decision to the tempo of the game and a hesitation to bring in a fresh player who would need to find their feet.

It may have then come as a surprise when after calling for time early in the final quarter and trailing the Firebirds by two goals, Richardson rung the changes.

Jacqui Newton came into the game at goal-defence, Jodi-Ann Ward took the wing-defence bib and Ash Brazill stepped into centre.

The combination worked a treat.

Newton recorded two gains and three deflections in just 11 minutes on court, Ward caused havoc at wing-defence and Brazill’s will and determination just about got the Magpies over the line.

2. Shimona Nelson is coming of age

It’s hard to believe that Shimona Nelson is just 22 years of age.

With aspirations of a sporting career only materialising in her late teens, Nelson made the transition from basketball to netball and hasn’t looked back since.

Nelson finished with 54 goals to her name at 98 per cent shooting accuracy, in what may have been a career-best performance against the Firebirds.

Nelson continues to grow each week, sitting second on the overall goal-scoring table behind only Jhaniele Fowler.

With a building connection between herself and the Magpies’ mid-court, the sky truly is the limit.

3. The mid-court connection is building

Speaking of Collingwood’s mid-court connection, Kelsey Browne now sits atop the goal assists column of the league’s stat sheet and is fast returning to her electric best.

With 24 goal assists to her name in the Magpies’ Round 4 win, and now 10 clear of her closest rival overall, Browne has been instrumental in setting up Collingwood’s attack.

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