Magpies overrun by rampaging GIANTS

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Despite a huge first half, the Magpies could not clinch a much-needed win over the GIANTS in Launceston.


A huge effort from captain Jo Harten steered the GIANTS to a convincing, come-from-behind 69-60 victory over the Collingwood Magpies at the Silverdome in Launceston on Wednesday evening.

Harten, who had yet to hit the training track since recovering from a recent bout of flu, nailed 10 super shots from 11 attempts in her 51-point haul on Wednesday to launch the GIANTS into the top four.

Her long-range expertise was critical as the Giants turned a concerning 11-point second-quarter deficit into an unassailable eight-point three-quarter-time lead, leaving Collingwood rattled.

The Magpies were coming off an impressive win over the Queensland Firebirds in Hobart on Sunday and had never previously lost in Tasmania, the club's second home.

Behind brilliant centre Molly Jovic and outstanding shooter Shimona Nelson, Collingwood stretched their 17-15 quarter-time advantage to 34-23 late in the second term.

The Giants wracked up multiple unforced turnovers in attack, with Fitzgerald lamenting: "We're wasting too many opportunities ... we've given ourselves opportunities to get into the game and we've just thrown them away."

A flurry of Harten super shots sliced the margin to 37-31 at half-time before the GIANTS uncorked a sizzling 24-10 third quarter, at one stage outscoring the Magpies a whopping 30-11 either side of the long break.

Jamie-Lee Price finally began quelling the rampant Jovic, Amy Parmenter did likewise to Kelsey Browne, Maddie Hay stepped up at wing attack and Harten and Sophie Dwyer dominated in the shooting circle.

Four straight Nelson goals gave Collingwood a sniff in the fourth before the inspirational Harten got rolling once again as the GIANTS snapped a two-game losing streak to secure their 11th straight head-to-head win over the Pies.

Score Breakdown
Q1: Magpies 17 v GIANTS 15
Q2: Magpies 37 v GIANTS 31
Q3: Magpies 47 v GIANTS 55
Q4: Magpies 60 v GIANTS 69

Player of the Match: Jo Harten (GIANTS)

Magpies Shooting Statistics:
Shimona Nelson: 50/55 - 91%, G1: 50/54, G2: 0/1, Total Points: 50
Sophie Garbin: 6/9 - 67%, G1: 6/7, G2: 0/2, Total points: 6
Gabby Sinclair: 2/5 - 40%, G1: 0/0, G2: 2/5, Total points: 4

GIANTS Shooting Statistics:
Jo Harten: 41/45 - 91%, G1: 31/34, G2: 10/11, Total Points: 51
Sophie Dwyer: 17/23 - 74%, G1: 16/21, G2: 1/2, Total Points: 18

Magpies Starting Seven: GS: Shimona Nelson, GA: Sophie Garbin, WA: Kelsey Browne, C: Molly Jovic, WD: Ash Brazill (C), GD: Jodi-Ann Ward, GK: Geva Mentor

GIANTS Starting Seven: GS: Jo Harten (C), GA: Sophie Dwyer, WA: Maddie Hay, C: Jamie-Lee Price, WD: Amy Parmenter, GD: April Brandley, GK: Tilly McDonell

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