Talking points: Round 12 v NSW Swifts

27 days ago

We run through some of the biggest talking points of the Magpies' 66-58 win over the NSW Swifts in Round 12.

Sophie Taylor

From deflections, to gains, to goals

It's as simple as that - turn deflections into gains, and the goals will come.

From the get-go, the Pies were always out hunting and looking for their next opportunity to create turnover ball.

The side took advantage of their defensive intent in second half, bumping up the pressure they had applied early to create more opportunities to post.

It was full credit to the work-rate of player of the match Geva Mentor and partner in crime Jodi-Ann Ward, with the defensive duo wreaking havoc in the Swifts attack and combining for 16 gains - seven in the third quarter alone.

11-goal third quarter turnaround swung the game

While the Magpies were by no means out of the game at half time, trailing by five goals, there was a different vibe across the team as they stepped out on court for the second half.

The energy was well and truly up, and the 22-goal third quarter was a big switch from the first half as the Magpies grabbed momentum and held on to ride out the win.

Accuracy to post was key, with Shimona Nelson switching up her movement to win the battle over Sarah Klau, while Gabby Sinclair did not hesitate from range with three successful super shots in the third quarter alone.

The exciting ball-winning effort from Mentor and Ward sparked the side into action up the court as the midcourt got in on the action, with confidence paving the way to victory.

Patience is key

Fans have become accustomed to the Pies' quick transition to goal, but this week they switched it up and it well and truly paid off.

While quick ball movement makes it hard for the opposition to apply consistent hands over pressure, it was a patient and cautious approach in the second half that gifted the Pies a solid win.

That slower transition was still quick enough to keep the Swifts defence on their toes, though, while Nelson's read of the play was paramount to the Pies' success off the hand of excellent feeds from Kelsey Browne, Molly Jovic and Sinclair.

Reflecting on First Nations Round

Our First Nations Round home match was one to watch, with the Magpies claiming an exciting come-from-behind win on Wurundjeri Country and acknowledging the contribution of First Nations players, officials and fans to netball.

The Pies had a big week learning more about the heritage of the land around the AIA Centre, and were privileged to not only wear a First Nations Round dress designed by Tyson Austin and Troi Ilsley, but also participate in a pre-match Smoking Ceremony with the Swifts.

The Pies also wore warm-up shirts designed by Deadly Choices, and will wear both the Deadly Choices tees and First Nations dresses in Round 13, when they play the Sunshine Coast Lightning on Sunday.

Ball Artwork © @simonethomsonart, Yorta-Yorta/Wurundjeri. Winyar Yuringa (Women of the Sun) 2020. In partnership with Dreamtime Art Creative Consultancy

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