Mid-week netball continues as the Magpies come off a two-day break to take on the Queensland Firebirds and attempt to keep their finals hopes alive.
The Magpies and Firebirds will meet in the league’s inaugural Pride Match, celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion of all within the netball community.
The Pride Match provides an important opportunity for visibility and support of the LGBTIQA+ community, allowing a platform for discussions about inclusion to be had and action to be taken to make sport accessible and welcoming for all.
Coming off Round 12:
A powerhouse performance from Shimona Nelson inspired Collingwood to an upset 75-68 victory over the NSW Swifts, keeping their hopes of a finals berth alive.
Nelson contributed a career-best 69 goals at Nissan Arena on Tuesday night as the Magpies put together their best four-quarter performance for the year.
Collingwood surged to a six-goal lead at the first break, winning the first quarter for just the second time this season and from there, they never looked back.
Collingwood extended their lead to 58-47 by the end of the third quarter while Gabby Sinclair put the result beyond doubt with the Magpies’ sole Super Shot in the final minutes of the contest.
While the Magpies attack was on song, the defensive pressure down the entire court was equally impressive with six gains to Geva Mentor, five to Jodi-Ann Ward and two each for Ash Brazill, Molly Jovic and Kelsey Browne.
An eye on the opposition:
The Firebirds went down to the Fever in their last outing, putting up a valiant fight but ultimately falling short by seven goals.
West Coast led by just one goal late in the third quarter with three intercepts to Kim Jenner keeping the Firebirds within reach.
Gretel Bueta continued her standout season with 25 goals and 19 feeds, while at the other end of the court Rudi Ellis battled out an enthralling duel with Jhaniele Fowler – a huge task for the Queensland defender who has stepped up in the absence of vice-captain Tara Hinchliffe who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Turnovers ultimately became the Firebirds’ undoing, with the Fever punishing them on conversion.
Unfortunately for the Firebirds, there was more bad news on the injury front with Jemma Mi Mi going down with a suspected achilles injury in the final quarter.
Last time we met:
The Magpies held off the Firebirds for a thrilling 68-65 victory the last time the two sides met in Round 4 at Launceston's Silverdome.
Queensland led by three goals early in the last quarter but Ash Brazill's determination, and accurate shooting from Shimona Nelson (53/54) helped the Magpies hang on.
Round 13 Suncorp Super Netball
Queensland Firebirds v Collingwood Magpies
Thursday 29 July, 6.00pm (AEST)
How to follow:
Magpie Army will be able to stream the match on Telstra TV and the Netball Live Official App from 6.00pm (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 #SSNFirebirdsMagpies.