Round 10 preview: GIANT clash to test the Pies

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The Magpies will continue a huge week of netball action on Wednesday night when they take on the GIANTS in Launceston.

Sophie Taylor

The scenario:

It's another big week, but a Round 9 victory over the Queensland Firebirds once again proved that the Magpies are up for the challenge.

Four impressive matches in a row have given the Pies plenty of confidence, with head coach Nicole Richardson showcasing just what her side has to offer as the Pies sit 4-5 with five rounds to go.

A win at the second annual Pride Match in front of a Magpies strong crowd in Hobart has proved the Pies are building, with plenty left in the tank as the season continues to ramp up.

While the Magpies have another tough task looming against the GIANTS on Wednesday, the energy and determination is well and truly there, especially given the form they are in.

Coming off Round 9:

It took another huge team effort to combat the raging Firebirds in Hobart, with standout performances across the court showing just what the Pies have to offer.

Shimona Nelson was in blistering form once again with a huge 65-goal haul, while Kelsey Browne was named player of the match for the third time this season with 27 goal assists to her name.

Jodi-Ann Ward registered four crucial intercepts while Geva Mentor racked up five deflections (three gains) in the back-line, as Molly Jovic and Ash Brazill wreaked havoc through the midcourt with their ball-winning ways.

An eye on the opposition:

The GIANTS have had a rollercoaster few weeks, with back-to-back losses putting a dint in their season form.

An overtime loss to the Melbourne Vixens during Round 9 sent tongues wagging, while head coach Julie Fitzgerald's confidence in her young goaling duo of Sophie Dwyer and Matisse Letherbarrow will have the GIANTS up and about this week.

Dwyer and Letherbarrow were particularly lethal from super shot range, while Jo Harten only played 25 minutes and will be a tough player to crack this week.

Jamie-Lee Price and Amy Parmenter combined for five intercepts in the midcourt, while Tilly McDonell continues to prove her worth and development in the GIANTS backline.

Last time we met:

Our Round 5 clash with the GIANTS is not a game to be remembered as the Pies came away with a 15-goal loss.

However, it is worth noting the names missing from the Magpies lineup due to COVID health and safety protocols; Geva Mentor, Molly Jovic, Sophie Garbin and Gabby Sinclair.

With three starters missing from that initial lineup, it's hard to compare the Magpies of then to the Magpies of now.

Harten was phenomenal to post with 50 goals straight, while Dwyer, McDonell, Parmenter and Maddie Hay all claimed two intercepts apiece.

Training partner Nyah Allen played a full 60 minutes in goal attack as another training partner in Zoe Davies made her debut alongside Vixens top-up player Gabby Coffey.

Expect a very different looking Magpies outfit to push the GIANTS this week.

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