The Collingwood Magpies put up a tough fight during Round 1 of the 2022 Suncorp Super Netball season, but could not close in on a win against the confident-looking Adelaide Thunderbirds.
The Adelaide Thunderbirds 2022 season is off to the perfect start, with an impressive 54-50 win over the Collingwood Magpies at Netball SA Stadium. Georgie Horjus dominated in two roles to guide the Adelaide Thunderbirds to a season-opening 54-50 win over the Collingwood Magpies.
Collingwood endured an interrupted build-up to the match with coach Nicole Richardson forced to isolate in Melbourne after being a close COVID-19 contact. Richardson was afforded special dispensation to coach remotely and relay messages via mobile phone to stand-in coach Kate Upton.
The Magpies were also without co-captain Ash Brazill, who was a late scratching after suffering concussion at training, but welcomed veteran England defender Geva Mentor, who was cleared after suffering a rolled ankle.
Thunderbirds spearhead Lenize Potgieter notched her 1000th career goal and off-season recruit Tippah Dwan made an early impression with a pair of super shots to help turn an early 9-12 Adelaide deficit into a 16-13 quarter-time lead.
Collingwood, piloted by goal shooter Shimona Nelson (38 goals), marginally had the better of the middle two terms to limit the Thunderbirds' advantage to 41-38 at three-quarter time. Diamonds shooter Sophie Garbin, making her debut in the black-and-white, started well before returning in the fourth, replacing Nelson as the Pies sought long-range two-pointers to reel in Adelaide's growing advantage.
The Thunderbirds responded to a late Collingwood rally with a 5-0, four-minute run to put the visitors away for good.
Potgieter and Mentor waged a tight battle all afternoon, while Thunderbirds skipper Hannah Petty led from the front with a big second half. Molly Jovic was brilliant for the Magpies, both in the middle and defence, but Collingwood ultimately had no answers for the versatile Horjus.
Despite the result, stand-in coach Upton was positive about what the squad put out as they regroup for Round 2 against the West Coast Fever.
Q1: Thunderbirds 16 v Magpies 13
Q2: Thunderbirds 28 v Magpies 27
Q3: Thunderbirds 41 v Magpies 39
Q4: Thunderbirds 54 v Magpies 50
Player of the Match: Georgie Horjus (Thunderbirds)
Thunderbirds Shooting Statistics:
Lenize Potgieter: 28/33 - 84.8%, G1: 28/32, G2: 0/1, Total Points: 28
Tippah Dwan: 11/14 - 78.6%, G1: 8/9, G2: 3/5, Total Points: 14
Georgie Horjus: 10/11 - 90.9%, G1: 8/8, G2: 2/3, Total Points: 12
Magpies Shooting Statistics:
Shimona Nelson: 38/43 - 88.4%, G1: 38/43, G2: 0/0, Total Points: 38
Gabby Sinclair: 5/8 - 62.5%, G1: 3/5, G2: 2/3, Total Points: 7
Sophie Garbin: 5/8 - 62.5%, G1: 5/7, G2: 0/1, Total Points: 5
Thunderbirds Starting Seven: GS: Lenize Potgieter, GA: Tippah Dwan, WA: Georgie Horjus, C: Maisie Nankivell (C), WD: Hannah Petty (C), GD: Matilda Garrett, GK: Shamera Sterling
Magpies Starting Seven: GS: Shimona Nelson, GA: Sophie Garbin, WA: Maggie Lind, C: Kelsey Browne, WD: Molly Jovic, GD: Jodi-Ann Ward, GK: Geva Mentor (C)