Match Preview: Round 8

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The Magpies will look to keep their winning streak alive as they bounce back from the bye to take on the Sunshine Coast Lightning at USC Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Gabrielle Keegan

Coming off Round 7:

The Magpies come back from the bye with arguably, their best win of the season under their belt.

The Pies snapped a two-match losing streak with a dominant 67-51 victory over cross-town rivals the Melbourne Vixens, in the relocated derby at Ken Rosewall Arena.

Gabby Sinclair took home player of the match honours, with 34 feeds, 25 goal assists and 79 Nissan Net Points to her name. Her goaling counterpart Shimona Nelson netted 55 goals whilst down the other end of the court, Jodi-Ann Ward, Geva Mentor and Ash Brazill were stifling, with six intercepts and 22 deflections between them.

Collingwood have spent the past four weeks on the road, after relocating first to Sydney and then to the Sunshine Coast, due to COVID-19 complications in their home state.

An eye on the opposition:

The Lightning sit on equal points with GIANTS Netball and the NSW Swifts, with their five and two record placing them in third position on the Suncorp Super Netball table.

Having played every side, only West Coast Fever and the Queensland Firebirds have had their measure.

The Lightning come off the bye with an impressive victory over premiership-contenders GIANTS Netball.

Peace Proscovia proved the difference in the final quarter, making all 16 of her shots in the Lightning’s 58-52 win. Until the last two minutes, neither side led by more than three goals, with the scores level at half and three-quarter time.

Renown as one of the most consistent sides, the Lightning continue their endeavour to become the only team to make five consecutive finals campaigns in the Suncorp Super Netball competition this year.

Last time we met:

The two sides last met in the opening round of the 2021 season, with the Sunshine Coast downing the Magpies by 11 goals at John Cain Arena.

Collingwood battled valiantly throughout the contest but could not prevent the Lightning from winning every quarter.

Centre-pass conversion was the major area of concern and has remained a key focus for the Magpies throughout the season.

“I think we’re a much-improved team from Round 1, we’ve really improved our centre-pass conversion – which is something I know I’ve harped on about week in and week out – if we can continue to do that and make sure we value the ball, we’re going to put ourselves in a really good position to be competitive on Saturday,” Nicole Richardson said ahead of the clash.

Milestone match:

Shimona Nelson will play her 50th national league game in the Round 8 clash with the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Nelson broke into the Jamaican netball scene in 2017 before moving to Australia the following year.

The 22-year-old has played 35 games for the Pies, after crossing from the Adelaide Thunderbirds at the end of the 2018 season.

Match details:

Round 8 Suncorp Super Netball
Sunshine Coast Lightning v Collingwood Magpies
Saturday 26 June, 3.00pm
USC Stadium

How to follow:

Magpie Army who can’t make it to the game will be able to watch via Channel Nine and the Netball Live Official App from 3.00pm (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 #SSNLightningMagpies.

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