Talking points: Round 9 v Firebirds

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We run through the biggest talking points from our 71-67 Round 9 win over the Queensland Firebirds.

Sophie Taylor

If the defence is on, the whole team is on

The Magpies defence has rarely skipped a beat this season, however it has been clear that they could still go another step up – and that’s exactly what they did against the Firebirds.

Jodi-Ann Ward had one of her most influential games of the season against 100-gamer Gretel Bueta, registering four intercepts and keeping Bueta quiet in the first half.

Geva Mentor had another blinder against Donnell Wallam, sending the goal shooter to the bench for the second time in two games credit to her experience and great read of the feed.

This work rate trickled up the court with both Brazill and Molly Jovic stepping up too, providing a crucial link to the front-end.

Tassie is the place to be

Still undefeated in Tasmania, the Magpies were hard to stop at MyState Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.

With the crowd fired up and behind the Pies every step of the way, it was hard to deny the impact the Tassie fans had on the game to push the Pies over the line, especially when the going got tough.

Every heroic defensive effort was met with loud cheers, bolstering the Pies’ confidence to propel ball back up the court, while also firing up Shimona Nelson at the post, who put up a whopping 65 goals at 98 percent.

Still a chance for finals

With a fourth win under their belt, the Magpies are well and truly still within finals talks, especially with the form they’re currently in.

The Pies currently sit sixth on the Suncorp Super Netball ladder, but no fear – they sit on equal points with the GIANTS, Firebirds and Swifts, meaning it is only percentage holding the the Pies off a top four position.

With a good run home, the Magpies could be well and truly in the mix as the season comes to a close.

More than a game

Our second annual Pride Match was a huge celebration of inclusivity, with rainbow flags around the stadium, ribbons in hair and plenty of excitement around the grounds.

While not yet a league-wide round, the Pride Match between the Pies and Firebirds validated that netball is for everyone, with

Goal shooter Shimona Nelson put it perfectly, explaining that this match was well and truly about more than just getting an important win on the board.

“We did it for Brazzy… I feel like [celebrating pride] goes a long way and for us to be able to identify that and for us to represent it in the sport has been really good.”

Watch Shimmy’s full post-match interview below.

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