Pies overcome half-time deficit to score huge win

28 days ago

The Magpies mounted an impressive third-quarter comeback to defeat the NSW Swifts by eight goals during First Nations Round.

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Geva Mentor has turned back the clock to reignite the Collingwood Magpies' finals hopes in a 66-58 victory against the NSW Swifts at Melbourne's John Cain Arena.

The veteran defender has shown no signs of fading as her Magpies dealt the Swifts' top-four chances a blow.

With two rounds remaining after this weekend, the Magpies joined the Swifts just outside the top four on five wins, with percentage looming as a decisive factor in settling the finals race.

"I'm so proud. We needed to go up a couple of levels," Mentor told Fox Sports after the second-half comeback.

"Everyone played their role whether it was attack or defence."

Magpies shooter Shimona Nelson landed a perfect 52 goals from 52 attempts but this was a win for their defence.

In the opening game of the league's First Nations Round, imports Mentor (seven gains) and Jodi-Ann Ward (eight) sparked Collingwood's comeback and goalers Nelson and Gabby Sinclair did the rest.

They were the prime movers behind a 22-point third quarter that ruined Swifts defender Maddy Turner's 100th national league game.

It was a credit to the Magpies they were not further behind after trailing by five points at halftime.

A masterful midcourt performance from Maddy Proud and Paige Hadley cut Collingwood to ribbons.

Their quick-release passing gave the Magpies defenders no chance to disrupt the Swifts attack, however the Pies kept themselves in the fight with continued defensive pressure across the court.

Magpies wing defence Ash Brazill launched herself at everything but could not get her hands to the ball as the Swifts attack advanced with precision.

Ward and Mentor willed their side back in the contest in the third term.

Between them, they snaffled 10 gains for the quarter to bulldoze their way to a decisive lead at the final change.

Score Breakdown
Q1: Magpies 12 v Swifts 15
Q2: Magpies 28 v Swifts 33
Q3: Magpies 50 v Swifts 44
Q4: Magpies 66 v Swifts 58

Player of the Match: Geva Mentor (Magpies)

Magpies Shooting Statistics:
Shimona Nelson: 52/52 - 100%, G1: 52/52, G2: 0/0, Total Points: 52
Gabby Sinclair: 7/7 - 100%, G1: 3/3, G2: 7/7, Total Points: 15
Sophie Garbin: 3/5 - 60%, G1: 3/5, G2: 0/0, Total Points: 3

Swifts Shooting Statistics:
Helen Housby: 33/44 - 75%, G1: 29/35, G2: 4/9, Total Points: 37
Kelly Singleton: 18/23 - 78%, G1: 17/20, G2: 1/3, Total Points: 19
Sophie Fawns: 2/4 - 50%, G1: 2/4, G2: 0/0, Total Points: 2

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 (C)

Swifts Starting Seven: GS: Helen Housby, GA: Kelly Singleton, WA: Maddy Proud (C), C: Paige Hadley (C), WD: Tayla Fraser, GD: Maddy Turner, GK: Sarah Klau

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