ROUND 13 MATCH PREVIEW

Tiarne Swersky - May 20, 2017

With a chance to lock in fourth spot on the Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) ladder and clinch a finals berth, the Magpies will jump on a plane and head across the country to meet the West Coast Fever at Perth Arena on Saturday night.

With only two games remaining in the home and away season, Collingwood can continue its impressive interstate record this season (3-1) by claiming another scalp on the road.

RECENT FORM

The Magpies returned to the winner’s list last week after downing the NSW Swifts by 12 goals at Hisense Arena.

All ten Magpies featured in the victory, in what head coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell described as an important team win.

"We saw so many more minutes of our best netball out there, both in offence and defence,” she said post-game.

“There was some pretty spectacular plays, but there was some really hard fought defensive plays as well which put pressure on the other team to make mistakes.”

Centre Kim Ravaillion was clinical in the middle, amassing 13 goal assists, 34 circle feeds, two interceptions and the match MVP title.

Defenders Ash Brazill and April Brandley were vital to the Magpies’ dominance, setting up the team for victory with gritty defensive performances in the first half.

The Magpies' opponents - the West Coast Fever - were unable to keep up with the Sunshine Coast Lightning in their round 12 match up, going down 60-54.

The Lightning stormed ahead in the second quarter, outscoring the Fever 18-11 on the way to setting up a dominant victory.

LAST TIME THEY MET

Round 8, 2017 – Magpies (56) defeated Swifts (43) at Hisense Arena

In what may have been her best game of the season to date, Caitlin Thwaites poured in 50 goals - at 93 per cent efficiency – to lead the Magpies to a 13-goal victory over the Fever at home.

An even first half between the teams was quickly eradicated in the third quarter, as the Magpies flexed its muscles to outscore the Fever 13-6.

Captain Madi Robinson was influential in the middle, recording 20 goal assists, 41 circle feeds, one deflection and one interception.  

KEEP AN EYE ON…

  • Caitlin Thwaites is the highest goal scorer in the league, with 510 goals from 554 attempts at 92 per cent efficiency. Against the Fever, Thwaites can push ahead in the race to be crowned the league’s most prolific goal shooter with only Caitlin Bassett (501 goals) and Romelda Aiken (440) on her heels.
  • Similarly, Sharni Layton leads the league with the most intercepts (47), and she may very well have that title locked up with only two games remaining. The next best interceptors are the Lightning’s Geva Mentor (33) and the Fever’s Courtney Bruce (31). 
  • While the Magpies can cement its claims to fourth spot with a win over the Fever on Saturday night, the results from Friday’s Firebirds v Giants game will be just as telling. If the Firebirds lose in Sydney, they will be unable to make up the three-point deficit on the ladder and fourth spot will belong to the Magpies with one game remaining.

MATCH DETAILS

Super Suncorp Netball Round 13 – Magpies v Fever
When: Saturday 20 May, 6:45pm (8:45pm AEST)
Where: Perth Arena, Perth WA
Broadcast: Live on 9GEM from 8:45pm, Netball Live App
On Demand Catch Up: 9Now, Telstra TV, Netball Live App
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