Our Round 14 clash was do-or-die, and the Pies went down to the wire to secure a 2022 finals berth with the narrowest of margins.
When a loss feels like a win
Undoubtedly, the Pies came out of this match feeling on top of the world after an action-packed week.
It was an emotional final moment as the squad realised they had made the 2022 Super Netball finals series by the tiniest of margins, with the relief and excitement palpable off the court.
While a loss hurt after an almighty fourth quarter comeback, the two-goal margin sees the Pies dare to dream and now have a chance to prove themselves next week.
Covid strikes again
If there is one thing that has made the Magpies hungrier for success this season, it is the addition of Covid to the playing squad.
The Pies were dealt some tough blows in the lead-up to this match, with head coach Nicole Richardson, co-captain Ash Brazill, defender Jodi-Ann Ward and midcourter Maggie Lind ruled out due to Covid health and safety protocols.
However, the Magpies stepped up to the task ahead of them, rallying in the face of disruptions to put themselves in the best possible position this week.
Two more Magpies debutants
It has been a long time coming for midcourter Casey Adamson, who made her long-awaited Super Netball debut after being elevated to a training partner earlier this year.
It was no easy feat, taking on the Australian Diamonds captain in Liz Watson on debut, but Adamson put in a tumultuous effort for her maiden cap.
The second Magpies debutant of the afternoon was none other than former champion Renae Ingles, who pulled on the black and white and didn't skip a beat.
Ingles may not have played elite netball in three years, but she picked right back up from where she left off in 2019 and was a force to be reckoned with.
Magpies break all-time netball attendance
A 6,965-strong crowd at John Cain Arena provided the goods at the second Melbourne derby of the year, marking the Pies' new attendance record in the process.
Prior to Round 14, 2022, the Pies' greatest attendance came in Round 7, 2017, when 6,811 fans graced the stands for the second ever Melbourne derby of the Super Netball era.
In one of the Magpies' key fixtures for the year, the passionate Pies fans well and truly willed the team to the very end and onto that elusive finals berth.
From seventh, to finals, in just two rounds.
You couldn't pick it.
But the Magpies' belief this year has raised the standard across the court, with no denying the trust the playing group has in head coach, Richo, assistant coah Kate Upton, and the greater support staff.
There's plenty left in the tank to go again next week.
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