Match Preview: Round 10

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The Magpies will look to bounce back from back-to-back losses as they return home to John Cain Arena for the first time since Round 3 to take on GIANTS Netball.

Gabrielle Keegan

Coming off Round 9:

The Magpies come off a disheartening loss to the Thunderbirds, falling to a 62-54 defeat at Netball SA Stadium.

After recording their lowest turnover game of the season in the week prior against the Lightning, it was disappointing for the Magpies to climb to a total of 33 in Round 9.

After leading 15-14 at quarter-time, the Thunderbirds opened up a 10-goal lead following a 6-0 burst and still held sway 32-26 at halftime.

Collingwood reduced the deficit to two goals as Shimona Nelson threatened to seize control, before Shamera Sterling's defence and Lenize Potgieter's shooting ensured the match stayed on Adelaide's terms, up 45-40 at three-quarter time.

The Thunderbirds dominated time in possession and finished with 16 more scoring shots, ultimately making the difference.

Squad news:

Unfortunately for the Magpies, they will be without Kelsey Browne for the Round 10 clash, after the star mid-courter sustained a knock to the head during the third quarter of Collingwood’s last match.

Further assessment revealed Browne had experienced a concussion. She is currently being managed in accordance with Netball Australia’s concussion policy.

Training partner Maggie Lind will step up in the mid-court in the absence of Browne.

Lind has played a key role for the City West Falcons in the Victorian Netball League where she has established herself as a competitive wing-attack known for her strength from the circle's edge.

In more positive news, shooter Gabby Sinclair will return to the side after missing the Pies’ Round 9 clash with a strained quad.

An eye on the opposition:

The GIANTS kicked off the season with a bang and currently sit third on the overall table, but have struggled to find form in recent weeks.

Since the arrival of winter the GIANTS campaign has wilted, dropping matches to fellow top-four sides, West Coast Fever, the NSW Swifts and the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

The GIANTS have lost four of their past five matches and most recently come off defeat at the hands of the Firebirds, to the tune of 11 goals.

A big week took a toll on the GIANTS, who never looked like challenging a dangerous Queensland outfit.

Sophie Dwyer was the GIANTS best – the youngster hasn’t missed a beat since stepping into the shoes of the injured Kiera Austin – forming a formidable shooting circle with English Rose, Jo Harten.

Last time we met:

The two sides last met back in Round 2, with the GIANTS christening the brand-new Ken Rosewall Arena with a 12-goal win.

Both sides were without several stars, with the Magpies down their captain Geva Mentor and rising mid-courter Molly Jovic, while the Giants were without dynamic defenders Kristiana Manu’a and Amy Parmenter.

It was a fast start for the GIANTS, who secured a five-goal lead in the first five minutes of the match before eventually running out to a 17-goal lead at the main break.

The Magpies went on to win the second half, however it was too little too late and the GIANTS ultimately took home the four points.

Pies to watch:

In game number 200, it’s difficult to go past Geva Mentor.

One of the world’s best goal-keepers, Mentor notches her 200th national league game in Australia this weekend, some 20 years since making her debut on the international stage as an English Rose.

Fittingly, Mentor will line up against fellow English Rose Jo Harten, in a mouth-watering match-up between two of the most experienced players in the league.

Match details:

Round 10 Suncorp Super Netball
Collingwood Magpies v GIANTS Netball
Sunday 11 July, 3pm
John Cain Arena

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How to follow:

Magpie Army who can’t make it to the game will be able to watch the game via Telstra TV and the Netball Official Live App from 3pm (AEST).

Match coverage and behind the scenes action will also be available across our social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Be part of the conversation by using the hashtags #GoPies and #SSNMagpiesGiants.

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