MAGPIES MARCH INTO TOP FOUR WITH WIN OVER FEVER

Tiarne Swersky - April 7, 2017

Magpies Netball has returned to the winner’s list after a resounding 56-43 victory over the West Coast Fever at Hisense Arena on Friday evening.

The Magpies stormed back into Suncorp Super Netball top four contention after a dominant second half, headlined by a standout performance from captain, Madi Robinson. 

The mid-courter was named the most valuable player of the match, starring with 19 goal assists and 41 goal feeds.

Magpies Netball coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell said it was pleasing to get the result after last week's loss to the Vixens. 

“I'm really excited after that win, it was hard-fought. There was nothing easy about it,” Keppich-Birrell said post-game

 “To see the scoreboard pressure finally be put on was just so fantastic for this group and the amount of the work they’ve been doing.

 “It was a slow start. We did have an opportunity early in that first quarter to really push away but we let the Fever back into the game."

The Magpies were able to push ahead after the first quarter, on the back of a dominant combination formed by Robinson and goal shooter, Caitlin Thwaites, who continued her brilliant season form, shooting 50 goals at 93 percent. 

 “Caitlin is amazing. We look to her all the time and the defenders do everything they can to beat her but she’s just so solid. Her shots are just outstanding.”

The coaching staff called on Alice Teague-Neeld to start in the goal-attack position, and the 21-year-old didn’t disappoint in her return to the starting line-up, assisting on seven goals and shooting 6/10 from the court.

“I think tonight’s performance from Alice was a true indicator of the type of person she is."

"She has been doing it tough, so it’s great to know she has the confidence in herself and that we have the confidence in her. It was just so great to see her out there.”

West Coast Fever goal shooter, Kaylia Stanton was the opposition’s best afield with 32/42, but it was the Australian Diamonds duo in Magpies defenders April Brandley and Sharni Layton, who steadied the team’s final third in the second half, limiting the Fever to 16 goals.

In what was a tightly contested first half, a refreshed Magpies outfit came out of the half time break firing to dispose of the Fever.

“In the second quarter, it got a little bit messy around our transverse line in attack. In the break at half time, we really talked about wanting to up our one on one defence."

“The number of intercepts the team got today was outstanding.”

The Magpies will now leapfrog the Queensland Firebirds into fourth place on the Super Suncorp Netball ladder, with the Firebirds still to play this weekend.

With the players set for a well-deserved break over Easter, the team will now look forward to their next game, set to be played on April 23 against the Giants in Sydney.

“We’re 4-4 at the midway point of the season. We’ll sit down and do a full midseason review over the next few days.”

“Well focus on what areas we need to improve on and keep pushing ahead on in our game.

 “It’s a great opportunity to have a time to stop and have a think and then reassess where we’re at.”

Magpies shooting statistics
Caitlin Thwaites 50/54 (93%)
Alice Teague-Neeld 6/10 (60%)

Fever shooting statistics
Kaylia Stanton 32/42 (76%)
Natalie Medhurst 11/14 (79%)

Match MVP: Madi Robinson (Magpies)