The Magpies will be out to claim their third-straight victory when they go head-to-head with the NSW Swifts at Ken Rosewall Arena on Sunday.
It was a whirlwind trip to Sydney for the Magpies, who made a last-minute dash out of Melbourne on Thursday afternoon, ahead of their anticipated Saturday morning departure, amidst rising COVID-19 concerns in Victoria in order to complete their Round 5 clash.
The round will mark the first of a split Indigenous Round, to celebrate and recognise First Nations Peoples and cultures. The Magpies will wear their 2021 Indigenous dress, featuring two soaring Magpies in a design created by proud Yorta Yorta and Gunnai man, Dixon Patten.
Coming off Round 4:
The Magpies notched their second consecutive victory in Round 4, triumphing over the Queensland Firebirds at their home away from home at the Silverdome.
Queensland led by three goals early in the last quarter but an inspired effort from vice-captain Ash Brazill, and a commanding shooting performance from player of the match Shimona Nelson (54 goals at 98 percent accuracy) helped the Magpies hang on.
While not a single rolling substitution was made in Collingwood’s Round 3 win over the Thunderbirds, head coach Nicole Richardson rung the changes after calling for time when the Firebirds gained early momentum in the final quarter.
Jacqui Newton came into the game at goal-defence, Jodi-Ann Ward took the wing-defence bib and Brazill stepped into centre.
Newton recorded two gains and three deflections in just 11 minutes on court, Ward caused havoc at wing-defence and Brazill’s will and determination just about got the Magpies over the line.
Kelsey Browne was also back to her electric best, now sitting atop the goal assists column of the league’s stat sheet and 10 clear of her closest rival.
An eye on the opposition:
The Swifts fell to their second defeat of the year, going down 58-54 to the Sunshine Coast Lightning in their Round 4 clash.
Having had the game in their grasp right up until the closing minutes, big defensive plays from the Lightning saw them edge the Swifts to take home the four points.
The Swifts will again be without co-captain Maddy Proud, as she continues to recover from a foot injury. The mid-courter will be replaced by former Thunderbird, Emily Burgess.
Last time we met:
The Swifts maintained a strong 2020 Suncorp Super Netball campaign to finish in fourth place overall, with the upper hand in the sides’ two match-ups of the season.
This season, the two sides sit on the same number of points, with the winner to steady their position within the top four.
Round 5 Suncorp Super Netball
NSW Swifts v Collingwood Magpies
Sunday 30 May, 3pm
Ken Rosewall Arena
How to follow:
Magpie Army who can’t make it to the game will be able to watch via Telstra TV and the Netball Live Official App.
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 #SSNSwiftsMagpies.