Round 5 preview: Magpies ready for GIANT battle

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Another quick turnaround sees the Pies head back up to Sydney, taking on GIANTS Netball in a huge Saturday night clash.

Sophie Taylor

The scenario:

Still without Sophie Garbin and Gabby Sinclair due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the Pies will look to go again this week and back up their maiden win on Wednesday night.

There is no doubt the Pies did it for their fallen friends during the week, claiming a crucial 10-goal victory over Sunshine Coast Lightning, and moving up into sixth on the ladder in the process.

They have a chance to use that momentum to get into top four contention against the GIANTS, who are similarly sitting 1-3.

Most intriguingly, with the clubs around the Pies on the ladder all playing teams firmly within the top four this week, a percentage boost could go a long way to switching up the ladder for the third time this week.

Coming off Round 4:

It was a stellar team win that caught the eye on Wednesday night, with the Magpies getting it done in front of the black and white faithful at home.

Rallying behind training partner Nyah Allen, it was an impressive full-court effort that allowed the young goaler to work into the game, as Kelsey Browne and Shimona Nelson worked in overdrive out the front.

Browne finished with 29 goal assists from 41 feeds to go with 28 centre pass receives, while Nelson put up a season-high 57 goals from 61 attempts. Allen also managed 14 goals (three super shots) to go with her 23 goal assists.

Elsewhere, Jacqui Newton had an impressive outing with a team-high five gains to her name, including two intercepts, while Ash Brazill registered three gains and four other players combined for six gains between them.

An eye on the opposition:

The GIANTS have had the opposite start to the season to the Magpies, starting with a bang in Round 1 before dropping their last three games straight to hold the same 1-3 record at this early stage.

Sitting below the Pies only on percentage, the side will be fighting to get another win on the board on their home turf at Ken Rosewall Arena.

The GIANTS fell to the Firebirds in Round 4, going down by 13 goals and struggling to capitalise on crucial moments.

That being said, Jo Harten was reliable as ever with 34 goals from 40 attempts (five super shots at 50 percent), as Jamie-Lee Price led the assists tally with 20 to her name.

Amy Parmenter collected four intercepts, while Tilly McDonell finished with a team-high six gains.

Last time we met:

The Pies will come into this clash brimming with confidence; not only because of their Round 4 win, but also with the memory of their Team Girls Cup win fresh in their minds.

The Pies' only Team Girls Cup win was a 10-goal victory over the GIANTS, with Nelson playing a starring role in that clash while Jodi-Ann Ward played out of her skin.

The two sides' last in-season clash came back in Round 11, 2021, with the then-ladder leading GIANTS getting the chocolates by nine goals (49-58).

The Pies were missing Kelsey Browne in that match-up though, and while the Pies had no major issue with accuracy, they struggled with volume as Parmenter and Sam Poolman wreaked havoc in the defensive end.

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