MATCH PREVIEW: ROUND 3 V ADELAIDE THUNDEBIRDS

Tiarne Swersky - May 10, 2018

There’s no place like home, and that’s exactly where the Magpies will be when they take on the Adelaide Thunderbirds at Hisense Arena on Saturday night.

Both teams are yet to secure a win in 2018, but with the Magpie Army roaring in the stands, the Pies will be looking to hit the winner’s list and kick-start their SSN season.

RECENT FORM

In round two, the Magpies faced the league-leading West Coast Fever at Perth Arena. Despite a competitive first quarter, the Fever – with another dominant display from shooter Jhaniele Fowler – raced away to an 11-goal victory.

Despite the defeat, there were plenty of positive signs for the Magpies. Experienced mid-courter Shae Brown took to the court for the first time in 2018, while 19-year-old Matilda Garrett made her SSN league debut.

Meanwhile, the Thunderbirds have also had a difficult start to their season, being on the wrong side of two comprehensive defeats. Over the weekend, the Giants were too good and too strong, running away with a 71-48 victory at Priceline Stadium.

LAST TIME WE MET

Round 14, 2017 - Collingwood Magpies (49) defeated Adelaide Thunderbirds (47) at Titanium Security Arena in Adelaide.

KEEP AN EYE ON… 

  • Former Adelaide Thunderbirds captain Erin Bell will come face-to-face with her old team for the first time on Saturday, when the two sides meet at Hisense Arena. A much-revered player during her time with the club, Bell spent eight years with the Thunderbirds, winning two premierships and captaining the squad in her final two years there.

  • Although both teams are yet to register a win for 2018, the Magpies are sitting on four points on the ladder, having won 4/8 quarters across their two first games. The Thunderbirds are yet to win a quarter and therefore sit on 0 points. Bonus points will no doubt play a big part in Saturday’s game, as they have across the league in the first two rounds of the season.

  • The match-ups across the Hisense Arena court will be one watch closely, with Thunderbirds captain Leana De Bruin and Collingwood shooter Caitlin Thwaites likely to go head-to-head. However, the game will be won and lost in the middle third, and Adelaide’s Chelsea Pitman and Bongiwe Msomi will be out to cause headaches for the Collingwood mid-courters. 

WORDS FROM THE PIES

“We’ve trained really hard and we believe in ourselves and our game plan, so now, it’s just about executing on court,” Collingwood captain Madi Robinson said of the Magpies’ upcoming clash with the Thunderbirds.

“There have been many positives to come out of the first two games. In round two, we saw Matilda Garrett take to the court for the first time and there’s been some incredible patches of match play and some really good turnover ball.

“We can’t wait to get home and take on the Thunderbirds in front of our Magpie Army. They provide that extra spark of support and energy. We’re keen to get back on court.” 

MATCH DETAILS

Round 3 – Suncorp Super Netball
Magpies Netball v Adelaide Thunderbirds
Date: 
Saturday, May 12
Time: 7.00pm (AEST)
Venue: Hisense Arena
Gates open: 6.00pm
Broadcaster: Telstra TV, Netball Live App
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