The Tasmanian Magpies kicked off their 2017 campaign in style against the Victorian Fury.
The Tasmanian Magpies made a fantastic debut in Round 1 of the ANL season taking home the win 51-44 over the Victorian Fury at Hisense Arena on Saturday evening.
The growing state rivalry was seen on court with increased excitement leading up to the Melbourne Vixens v Collingwood Magpies Suncorp Super Netball match that followed.
The Tasmanian Magpies ANL team is the reserve team of the Collingwood Magpies. The ANL fixture follows that of the SSN with the Tasmanian Magpies playing the opposition’s reserve team, with two games played in each round. It is an opportunity for players from the associated SSN team to play in either or both matches.
Head Coach, Jon Fletcher, explained, “the girls really handled the significance of the occasion quite well, and given that we are a brand new team I was really impressed with their composure to get ahead and then hold onto their lead throughout the majority of the match”.
Netball Tasmania CEO, Julia Phillips, was also on hand to see the Tasmanian Magpies’ first-ever victory, explaining “after so little opportunity to work together in training they would have been forgiven for taking a while to hit their stride, but they came out with grit and determination and just owned the court.”
In their second clash on Sunday however the reigning premiers were able to come back stronger than the Pies, taking the win 53-46 at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.
The Fury responded impressively on Sunday after being inflicted with their first loss of the year.
“We certainly didn’t open the game as well as we’d have liked, and that cost us early on,” said Fletcher.
Fletcher was pleased with the players’ determination though and praised their efforts to stay in touch with the Fury. “I was impressed with their fight in the last quarter, the result could have been much worse for us and that’s a credit to our team for being able to hold on”.
The second match was also marred with an ankle injury to Gabby Sinclair. The Goal Attack hasn’t suffered any serious damage, but will be fighting to be fit for Round 2.
Congratulations also to Magpies’ Matilda Garrett and Sharni Lambden who have been named Captain and Vice-Captain of the Victorian U/19 team. Good luck to the team who will compete in the National Netball Championships held in Canberra in April.
The Tasmanian Magpies continue their campaign this weekend against the unbeaten Queensland Fusion. Both matches will be played at Ormiston College in Brisbane, with Saturday kick-starting at 5pm and Sunday at 11am.