Match Preview: Round 3

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The Magpies will seek their first win of season 2021 when they return home to John Cain Arena to battle the Thunderbirds on Saturday afternoon.

Gabrielle Keegan

Coming off Round 2:

It was a tale of two halves for the Magpies last weekend, as they went down to GIANTS Netball by 12 goals at Ken Rosewall Arena.

Collingwood conceded an 11-goal lead in the opening term and were forced to play catch up for the remainder of the match.

While they can take solace from the fact that they went on to win the second half by five goals, the Magpies will be out to atone for their wayward first half.

Kelsey Browne was a shining light, recording 34 feeds, 19 centre-pass receives and 75 Nissan Net Points.

A second half shift into centre reignited the Magpies, as Browne led from the front with pace to burn and pin-point feeds into the shooting circle.

Defensive duo Jacqui Newton and Jodi-Ann Ward were a formidable force against a tough GIANTS shooting circle. The pair qualified for the NISSAN Net Points Team of the Round alongside Browne for their performances.

Squad news:

The Pies will welcome back mid-courter Molly Jovic and defensive stalwart Geva Mentor into the squad, after missing the side’s Round 2 match with a foot and back injury, respectively.

The pair made up the top two of the club’s best and fairest award for season 2020 and with last week being the first Suncorp Super Netball match ever missed by Mentor, their addition will be vital for this weekend’s clash.

An eye on the opposition:

It’s been a rocky start to the season for the Thunderbirds, who have gone down to GIANTS Netball and the Queensland Firebirds by 14 and 11 goals, respectively.

The Thunderbirds fell behind by as many as 13 goals in their Round 2 clash with the Firebirds, but showed enough determination to remain in the hunt at three-quarter time.

Shamera Sterling (six gains, three intercepts and 10 deflections) was a stand-out for the Adelaide side, as was Maisie Nankivell who shifted into centre to reignite a spark for the Thunderbirds.

Sam Gooden led the way in the shooting circle, contributing six Super Shots to the Thunderbirds total to keep them in the game.

Ultimately, a clinical Firebirds outfit steadied the ship to take home the four points, leaving the Thunderbirds to continue to seek that elusive first win.

Last time we met:

The Thunderbirds can claim bragging rights in two of the sides’ most recent hit-outs, with a draw and a Magpie’s victory making up the last four results.

The Thunderbirds claimed the four points in Round 10 of the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball season, outscoring an injury-ravaged Collingwood outfit 18-8 in the final quarter to break through for their fourth win of that season.

Most recently, the sides met in a pre-season practice match in Traralgon, where the Thunderbirds got over the line by just two goals.

Pies to watch:

A mouth-watering match-up awaits with young Jamaican superstars Shimona Nelson and Sterling set to go head-to-head on Saturday afternoon.

Nelson has been a spearhead for the Magpies, contributing 40 goals at 93% shooting accuracy in Round 2 and sitting fourth on the overall individual table. With connection between the mid-court and shooting circle building, the sky's the limit for Nelson when the ball enters her orbit.

Match details:

Round 3 Suncorp Super Netball
Collingwood Magpies v Adelaide Thunderbirds
Saturday 15 May, 3pm
John Cain Arena

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

How to follow:

Magpie Army who can’t make it to the game will be able to watch 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 #SSNMagpiesThunderbirds.

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