Mid-week netball continues as the Magpies take to the court for their final home and away fixture of the 2021 Super Netball season and their last chance to keep the dream of a finals campaign alive.
Collingwood's finals hopes are still alive.
The Magpies will need to knock off the premiership-fancied Fever and rely on the Sunshine Coast Lightning dropping their final two games to potentially squeeze into the final four.
If results fall their way, the Pies will finish on the same number of points as the Lightning with percentage becoming the ultimate decider. The goal differential currently sits at 28, so the Pies will also need to make up some ground in that department in order to keep their season alive.
Coming off Round 13 :
The Magpies recorded their second stirring victory of the week with a dominant 66-59 win over the Queensland Firebirds on their home deck.
Gabby Sinclair pushed through a dislocated finger to take out player of the match honours with 14 goals (including three super shots), 21 feeds and 18 goal assists.
Shimona Nelson backed up strongly from her 69-goal haul on Tuesday, to sink 49 goals of her own.
Molly Jovic produced a coming of age performance, holding seasoned veteran and former Diamond Kim Ravallion to virtually no influence.
The Magpies held their centre pass conversion at almost 80 per cent and weathered the Firebirds’ surges, staying steady despite a home crowd of thousands at Nissan Arena trying to get their side home.
An eye on the opposition:
The Fever have catapulted up the ladder, making light work of their point deduction to sit second. With the best percentage of the competition, top spot isn’t out of the question.
The Fever moved two games clear in the top four with a hard-fought seven-goal win over the Firebirds in Round 12.
West Coast held a narrow lead for the majority of the match but had to work hard to shake the Firebirds in the final quarter.
Verity Charles, Alice Teague-Neeld and Jess Anstiss provided Jhaniele Fowler with silver service, tallying 25, 17 and 14 goal assists respectively.
Fowler finished with a colossal 64 goals at 94 percent shooting accuracy.
At the defensive end, Sunday Aryang was busy with three intercepts and three gains, while Courtney Bruce had six deflections.
Last time we met:
The Magpies will be eager to forget their last encounter with the Fever, going down in a disappointing 78-55 affair.
Jhaniele Fowler netted 59 of 60 attempts and Collingwood couldn't interrupt the steady flow of accurate feeds from fellow goaler Sasha Glasgow and mid-courters Jess Anstiss and Verity Charles.
At the other end of the court, Courtney Bruce recorded five intercepts, 11 gains and eight deflections.
The match got off to a tight start, with scores level at the nine-minute mark of the first quarter as the Magpies well and truly held their own.
From there, the Fever went on to score 13 goals (including two super shots) to the Magpies’ three, taking the lead to ten goals, which then stretched to an insurmountable 19 at halftime.
The Magpies went on to win the third quarter by five goals but unfortunately it was too little, too late.
Shimona Nelson made 39 of her 41 attempts, while Ash Brazill was busy in attack and defence with 15 feeds, four deflections and three intercepts.
Round 14 Suncorp Super Netball
West Coast Fever v Collingwood Magpies
Tuesday 3 August, 6.30pm (AEST)
How to follow:
Magpie Army will be able to stream the match on Telstra TV and the Netball Live Official App from 6.30pm (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 #SSNFeverMagpies.