Collingwood will take on the Sunshine Coast Lightning up in the humid heat of the north in Townsville.
Last time the two teams met, Collingwood took it to the Lightning for three quarters but fell short in the third. For the Magpies, it’s about being patient and confident in the face of a side that has a world of experience.
The Magpies and Lightning have two of the best defensive units in the game, both capable of fast, sustained pressure that leads to turnover ball. Shimona Nelson, Gabby Sinclair and Nyah Allen were all terrific against the Vixens on the weekend putting in a whopping 96% from one point land.
A repeated shooting performance from the Magpies attack end that takes care in feeding the ball to Nelson and kicking out to Sinclair and Allen will keep Collingwood well and truly in the game. Care must be taken for Karla Pretorius whose form has warmed up over the last few weeks; a defender capable of appearing out of nowhere and timing her intercepts with precision.
The Magpies defensive unit of Jodi-Ann Ward and Geva Mentor will look to defend the front space of Steph Wood and stifle any form of shooting rhythm she’ll look to find. The Lightning have struggled recently trying to find an attacking rotation that works and defenses have been working overtime to interrupt any offensive flow.
In the midcourt, the Magpies must work to cut-off the Lightning’s passes into the pocket. They’re a team that likes to play wide, so it’ll be important to force some confusion and play resets with defensive pressure. It’s a task that only the likes of Melissa Bragg and Molly Jovic can excel in. Both Bragg and Jovic bring speed, size and physicality to the Magpies defense that should dial-up the pressure even more on the Lightning’s offensive connection.
Suncorp Super Netball Indigenous Round pays tribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, their contribution to Netball in Australia and the Aboriginal players past and present who have inspired generations of Australians. The league's 2020 Indigenous Round theme is "A Women's Ceremony - a gathering of many journeys at the same destination", which is relevant more than ever with all eight teams moving to Queensland to play out the 2020 season.
It is also an opportunity to celebrate Collingwood’s ‘Stretch’ Reconciliation Action Plan and the work the club has been doing for many years with the Aboriginal community.
FREE THE FLAG
Collingwood believes the Aboriginal flag should continue to play an unifying role with people and communities right across Australia. As such, the club supports the Free the Flag campaign. The Aboriginal flag is a national symbol and a central part of First People's national identity. The Aboriginal Flag was proclaimed as a National Flag of Australia in 1995 and should be free of licensing restrictions that currently limit its use. For more information on Free the Flag click on the following link: clothingthegap.com.au.
The squad will wear Free the Flag t-shirts pre-match, during the warm-up, on Wednesday night.
ROUND 13 INFO
Collingwood Magpies v Sunshine Coast Lightning
Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre, Townsville
Wednesday 16 September - 7:30pm AEST
Watch: Telstra TV + Netball Live Official App
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