Talking points: Round 11 v Thunderbirds

1 month ago

We run through our talking points from the Pies' 53-58 loss to the Thunderbirds.

Sophie Taylor

Not the Magpies brand

There is no doubt that the Pies' Round 11 result was not the brand of netball that fans have become accustomed to seeing over the past month.

A shaky start turned into a significant deficit by half time, and it was only an accurate showing from super shot range in the final quarter that really saved the Pies from a beating.

The Magpies missed that extra edge out on court, and despite some season-best performances - such as Ash Brazill's five intercepts and Gabby Sinclair's 100 percent accuracy - the Thunderbirds combatted everything the Pies threw at them.

Turnovers and penalties the real kicker

A high turnover count was the big talking point, with missed connections wasting vital wins down the court.

32 turnovers was a dismal number after consistent low turnover counts - between 15-20 over the past few rounds - however it also provides a real growth point for the Pies and an indicator of where they need to improve.

Additionally, 76 penalties across 60 minutes did not do the Pies any favours, with the pressure piling up with every contact or obstruction called.

Conversely, the Thunderbirds had almost half the amount of penalties (41) and 10 less turnovers (22), proving just where the game was won and lost.

Another narrow loss hurts, but there's still hope

While the Pies have added another loss to the tally, there's still some positives there and the finals light at the end of the tunnel.

Seventh on the ladder does not paint a pretty picture, but this is another moment where the closeness of the season actually works in the Pies' favour - they still only sit one win out of the top four.

Despite not getting the four points here, the Pies really benefit from the final quarter tally - 18-12 - keeping the Thunderbirds from a percentage-boosting win and remaining above the Lightning on the ladder.

This puts the Magpies in good stead to move up the ladder with three rounds remaining and every chance of claiming points to finish off the season.

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