Key Learnings: Round 5 v NSW Swifts

21 days ago

A disappointing final quarter saw the Magpies fall to the Swifts on Saturday afternoon at Ken Rosewall Arena, with plenty to take from the Round 5 clash.

Gabrielle Keegan

1. Capitalising on momentum is key

It seemed that the Magpies had the upper-hand for the better part of three quarters of their clash with the Swifts, but never quite turned that advantage into real scoreboard pressure.

The Swifts didn't hit the front until the last five minutes of the second quarter, having trailed by five goals halfway through the term.

While the Magpies controlled play, the scoreboard remained tight and eventually blew out in a disappointing final quarter, which perhaps didn't reflect the competitive nature of the contest.

For Collingwood, a key focus remains on putting the foot on the accelerator when momentum is in their favour.

2. Our best can beat anyone

Collingwood have lamented periods of lapsed concentration and again, it was a single quarter which was their undoing on Saturday.

However, the side can take solace that their best netball can match it with just about anyone.

“Our game plan and when the girls bring it and they execute, we’re good enough to beat any team in the competition," head coach Nicole Richardson said.

The final piece of the puzzle remains, as the Magpies search for 60 minutes of consistency.

3. Ash Brazill looks like she never left the netball court

Given the recent form of Ash Brazill, some may forget the former Diamond’s stint on the sidelines due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The star mid-courter is making her return to netball look that easy.

The Collingwood vice-captain was the Magpies’ best in Round 5, recording four intercepts, five deflections and 74.5 Nissan Net Points.

With the ability to swing from wing defence into centre, in conjunction with her leadership and voice, Brazill’s return has been vital to the Magpies’ recent resurgence.

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