Talking points: Round 10 v GIANTS

1 month ago

We run through our major talking points from the Pies' 60-69 loss to the GIANTS in Tasmania.

Sophie Taylor

The game was there for the taking

This result was a tough one to swallow, with all the makings of a great upset win in Launceston.

A tantalising start set the tone for the Magpies, with the likes of Molly Jovic and Shimona Nelson setting the court alight.

But when the GIANTS picked up during the super shot period, the Pies just could not contain their accuracy from range.

That swing in momentum unfortunately put the Magpies into chase position despite having the run of the match in the first half, with those five minute periods proving to be the thorn in the Magpies' side.

We may sit in seventh, but we're not out of the race

Another loss may not look great on the ladder, but the 2022 season is a season like no other with upset results on the daily.

The Pies sit on equal points with the Firebirds and Thunderbirds, who only sit ahead on percentage, and even then are only out of the top four by one game.

Given our run to the finish line - the Thunderbirds, Swifts, Lightning and Vixens - there is still more than a chance of the Pies earning a top four position, especially factoring in their form of late.

Effectively, no team can be ruled out of top four contention just as yet, making the next week crucial for the Pies.

Our undefeated run in Tassie has come to an end

Despite the last few years proving more than a little unreliable due to COVID, one thing has remained consistent - the Pies' continual winning run in Tasmania.

However that record came to a close against the GIANTS, with the AFL affiliates proving once again to be the Pies' bogey team and claiming an 11th straight in-season win against the black and white.

Despite the result, the Launceston crowd proved that the Pies will always have a second home in Tassie, with an excellent turnout at the Silverdome and plenty to look forward to in the future.

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