Late Swifts surge earns win over Magpies

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The Collingwood Magpies have been defeated by the NSW Swifts at Ken Rosewall Arena.


The NSW Swifts have produced an irresistible final quarter to score a 62-53 home win over the Collingwood Magpies on Sunday.

Sam Wallace scored seven straight goals to expand Sydney's lead from one to eight in a decisive surge, during which Collingwood went almost four-and-a-half minutes without scoring.

Wallace's accuracy (46/48) combined with some costly Magpies turnovers effectively ended any hope the visitors had of extending their two-match win streak.

The victory at Sydney's Ken Rosewall Arena improved the Swifts' record to 3-2, while Collingwood dipped to 2-3.

Shimona Nelson made 41/43 attempts for Collingwood, but Swifts' goalkeeper Sarah Klau was a relentless opponent tallying six intercepts, nine gains and seven deflections.

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

Collingwood had started better, leading by three on a number of occasions in the first quarter, with Nelson making all ten of her shots

But it was level by quarter time with Wallace nailing a Suncorp Super Shot and Helen Housby landing a conventional attempt.

The Magpies surged to a five-point lead halfway through the second quarter, but the Swifts made four successful Suncorp Super Shots in the Power 5 period to lead 33-29 at halftime.

The visitors worked their way back into the game in the third term, with Nelson again proving hard to stop and the Swifts at one stage missing three out of four shots.

Both sides also turned the ball over as the tension ratcheted up with the Swifts taking a one-point lead into the final quarter before powering away.

Score Breakdown
Q1: Swifts 14 v Magpies 14
Q2: Swifts 19 v Magpies 15
Q3: Swifts 12 v Magpies 15
Q4: Swifts 17 v Magpies 9

Player of the Match: Sarah Klau (Swifts)

Swifts Shooting Statistics:
Sophie Garbin: 3/5 - 60%, G1: 3/5, G2: 0/0, Total Points: 3
Helen Housby: 8/10 - 80%, G1: 6/7, G2: 2/3, Total Points: 10
Sam Wallace: 46/48 - 95.8%, G1: 43/45, G2: 3/3, Total Points: 49

Magpies Shooting Statistics:
Kalifa McCollin: 3/5 - 90%, G1: 2/3, G2: 1/2, Total Points: 4
Shimona Nelson: 41/43 - 95.3%, G1: 41/43, G2: 0/0, Total Points: 41
Gabby Sinclair: 7/11 - 63.6%, G1: 6/6, G2: 1/5, Total Points: 8

Swifts Starting Seven: GS: Sam Wallace GA: Sophie Garbin WA: Nat Haythornthwaite C: Paige Hadley WD: Lauren Moore GD: Maddy Turner GK: Sarah Klau

Magpies Starting Seven: GS: Shimona Nelson GA: Gabby Sinclair WA: Kelsey Browne C: Molly Jovic WD: Ash Brazill GD: Jodi-Ann Ward GK: Geva Mentor

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