Match Preview: Round 2

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The Magpies will look to reverse their fortunes as they hit the road for their first away game of the season against GIANTS Netball at Ken Rosewall Arena on Saturday.

Gabrielle Keegan

Coming off Round 1:

Collingwood went down to a tough Sunshine Coast outfit by 11 goals in their season-opener last Saturday night at John Cain Arena.

The Magpies battled valiantly, however were on the back foot after conceding goals early in each quarter, which forced them to chase for the majority of the game.

Despite not coming away with the desired result, there were plenty of positives to take from the game with mid-courters Kelsey Browne (28 feeds and 17 goal assists) and Ash Brazill (17 feeds and 8 goal assists) banking successful returns from injury and new Magpies Kalifa McCollin and Jacqui Newton making their black and white debuts.

The Magpies will look to build on the Round 1 performance in a tough clash with premiership-contenders the GIANTS this weekend.

Squad news:

Unfortunately for the Magpies, they will be without rising mid-courter Molly Jovic and defensive stalwart and team captain Geva Mentor.

Mentor will miss Saturday afternoon’s match with a back-related complaint while Jovic will sit out with a toe injury. Both are expected to make a recovery for the Magpies’ Round 3 home game against the Thunderbirds, but will undergo testing throughout the week.

Training partner Maggie Lind will step up in the mid-court in the absence of Jovic, rewarded for her impressive pre-season form and leadership shown throughout her time at the Magpies.

Lind returned to the Holden Centre this season having been a part of the club’s 2019 Super Club championship side.

The 27-year-old 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.

The Magpies have sourced experience to step in for Mentor, with Scottish netball international Fiona Themann tasked with filling her shoes.

Themann represented Scotland at the 2015 and 2018 Commonwealth Games, as well as the 2015 Netball World Cup.

Themann has also represented the Melbourne Phoenix in the former Commonwealth Bank Trophy, Melbourne University Lightning in the Victorian Netball League and Victorian Fury in the Australian Netball League.

Themann is also familiar with Suncorp Super Netball, suiting up for the Adelaide Thunderbirds in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

An eye on the opposition:

The GIANTS opened their 2021 Suncorp Super Netball campaign with a strong 14-goal win over the Thunderbirds on the road.

A commanding performance was soured only by an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury to star shooter, Keira Austin. Scans earlier in the week confirmed a ruptured ACL for the Diamond, who will undergo a knee reconstruction in the coming weeks.

While a blow for the GIANTS, rising star Sophie Dwyer substituted on for Austin and didn’t miss a beat, slotting her first 12 shots and nailing 26 altogether, including four Super Shots.

Dwyer was ably supported by captain and player of the match, Jo Harten, who led from the front with 26 goals of her own, at 81 per cent shooting accuracy.

Jamie-Lee Price (82.5 Nissan Net Points) was crucial for the GIANTS through the mid-court, while Sam Poolman (four gains and two intercepts) and April Brandley (five gains and two intercepts) were formidable in defence in the absence of Kristiana Manu’a through a minor calf injury.

Maddie Hay (29 feeds and 21 centre-pass receives) and Amy Parmenter (five deflections and four intercepts) displayed their work-rate and creativity, rounding out a solid team performance from the highly-touted GIANTS.

Last time we met:

The Magpies last met the GIANTS in a series of practice matches in Bendigo, with the two sides coming away from the weekend with a win apiece.

The GIANTS had the upper hand over the Pies in their two clashes of the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball season, the most recent official result a narrow 4-goal victory in Round 11.

The Pies pushed the GIANTS right until the end, but it was ultimately the GIANTS who held their nerve in a tense final quarter to go on to play finals netball.

Pies to watch:

Jodi-Ann Ward opened her season campaign with a stellar defensive performance, recording six gains, two intercepts and five deflections while topping the Magpies in Nissan Net Points with 65.5.

Ward has the potential to change a game with her dynamic defensive ability and up against a dangerous GIANTS’ shooting circle in the absence of Mentor, will be vital in providing turnover opportunities for the Magpies.

Match details:

Round 2 Suncorp Super Netball
GIANTS Netball v Collingwood Magpies
Saturday 8 May, 3pm
Ken Rosewall Arena

Tickets won’t be available on the door, so secure yours now.

All people coming to the game will be required to wear a face mask at all times, except when eating or drinking.

How to follow:

Magpie Army who can’t make it to the game will be able to watch the game on Channel Nine 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 #SSNGiantsMagpies.

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