Match Preview: Round 4

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The Magpies will seek back-to-back wins when they head south to Tasmania to battle the Firebirds at their home away from home.

Gabrielle Keegan

Coming off Round 3:

Collingwood will be hunting for a second win after claiming their maiden victory over the Adelaide Thunderbirds last week.

A superior shooting effort propelled the Pies to a 60-56 win, in a result that head coach Nicole Richardson hopes will kick-start their season.

Shimona Nelson had the better of her Jamaican compatriot Shamera Sterling, making 37 of her 39 attempts while Gabby Sinclair landed two of her five match-high super shots down the stretch.

Player of the Match honours belonged to Jodi-Ann Ward who recorded eight gains, four intercepts and five deflections; ably supported by returning skipper Geva Mentor.

An eye on the opposition:

The Firebirds sit at one win and two losses after the opening three rounds of the season, having defeated the Adelaide Thunderbirds but falling to the NSW Swifts in a gruelling overtime season-opener and the top of the table GIANTS last week.

The Firebirds reeled in a 15-goal three quarter time deficit in their Round 2 clash with the GIANTS, but it was too little too late and they were unable to bring home the win.

Kim Ravaillion was awarded the NISSAN Net Points Game Changer of the Round for her performance, recording 33 feeds and 16 assists to continue her outstanding start to the season.

Widely regarded as boasting one of the most dangerous shooting circles, the return of Gretel Bueta at goal-attack alongside spearhead Romelda Aiken has created a new dynamic for the Firebirds. In addition, the ability to rotate sharp-shooting Tippah Dwan, who ranks second in the league for Super Shots, has caused plenty of headaches for opposition defence.

At the other end of the court, Tara Hinchcliffe and Kim Jenner are fast-becoming one of the most impressive young defensive combinations in the competition.

Despite results not falling in their favour thus far, the Firebirds have been flagged as premiership contenders. After showing plenty of promise come the back-end of the 2020 season, claiming four victories from their last five outings, they certainly aren't a team to take lightly.

Last time we met:

The sides shared the spoils in their two match-ups of the 2020 season, with the Pies victorious in Round 3 and the Firebirds claiming the win in Round 14.

Both matches were tight affairs with a four-goal and two goal-margin respectively.

Pies to watch:

Molly Jovic’s star only continues to rise off the back of her standout debut season.

The dynamic mid-courter accumulated 17 goal assists and 29 feeds alongside three deflections and an intercept, playing an integral role in Collingwood’s first win.

After stepping in as an injury replacement for the likes of Ash Brazill and Kelsey Browne, Jovic is well and truly holding her own amongst a star-studded mid-court.

Match details:

Round 4 Suncorp Super Netball
Collingwood Magpies v Queensland Firebirds
Saturday 22 May, 3pm
Silverdome

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 #SSNMagpiesFirebirds.

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