Talking points: Round 5 v GIANTS

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Check out the top talking points from our Round 5 loss to the GIANTS.

Sophie Taylor

A COVID-19 ravaged team pulled out all the stops

Despite missing four players through COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the Magpies pulled out all the stops against the GIANTS and did not let up throughout a tough contest.

With forced changes coming to the starting seven once again, it did not faze the likes of Nyah Allen, who earned her second start in goal attack, while Jacqui Newton started in goal keeper at the other end. With Kelsey Browne moved up to centre, Maggie Lind took the reins in wing attack.

In fact, the changes seemed to do the Pies good early on, as they surged to an early three-goal lead, before the GIANTS got their head in front and remained that way for the rest of the match.

Browne was a workhorse through the middle with 19 goal assists and three intercepts to her name while Newton tallied nine deflections (two gains).

The Magpies managed to win the second quarter, proving the talent is certainly there, but perhaps missing the steadiness of their missing teammates across the court.

Another accurate showing from Nelson and Allen

The Magpies have needed their senior players to step up this week, and that is exactly what Nelson has done in the face of strong opposition.

The towering goal shooter may still be young, but has proved time and again that she is a strong target at the post, finishing with another 48 goals to her name.

Nelson only missed three goals throughout the clash and also came up with four rebounds, ably assisting Allen who was daring with three super shots to go with her seven goals.

Allen added another 17 goal assists to her tally to go with her 16 centre pass receives.

Fresh faces joined the Magpies legacy

Two new Magpies were added to the list on Saturday night, as Magpies training partner Zoe Davies made her official debut for the club in goal defence, while emergency top-up player and Melbourne Vixens training partner Gabby Coffey also pulled on the black and white for the very first time.

Magpies #34 and #35, respectively, both Davies and Coffey fought valiantly throughout the match, with Davies' preseason experience working wonders as she joined forces with Newton and Jodi-Ann Ward down back.

Watch our post match interviews with Zoe Davies and Nicole Richardson:

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