Magpies suffer first loss at Melbourne Arena for 2019 to the Giants

4 months ago

In a tough loss for the Magpies, we gave up a seven-goal result and fourth place on the ladder after the Giants claimed three bonus points to move above them in the premiership race.

Suncorp Super Netball and Hayley Hamp

A 22-11 final quarter restored some pride for the Magpies, but it was too little, too late as we earlier trailed by 18 goals at three-quarter time.

The action was just as heated on the sideline as it was on the court, with coach Rob Wright and wing attack Kelsey Browne exchanging some tense words during a timeout late in the second quarter.

The Giants, who had three players also in Liverpool last week – the same number as the Magpies – appeared to have handled the trip back to Australia far better than the home side, and put them on the back foot after quarter-time.

The Magpies had the better of the early exchanges, opening up a 10-6 lead, but the Giants responded with a quick burst of goals that drew them level at 10-10 and put them in front 16-14 at quarter’s end.

The Giants turned to Kiera Austin at wing attack at quarter-time in place of Kim Green, while the Magpies introduced their own young gun Matilda Garrett at goal defence five minutes into the second term.

The changes worked in the Giants’ favour as they piled on 10 of 12 goals through the middle of the quarter, in a brutal stretch that saw them open up an 11-goal advantage that they carried into half-time.

Browne returned to the court to start the third quarter, with Gabrielle Sinclair (11/15) alongside her as Nat Medhurst took a turn on the bench as the Magpies searched for answers.

The changes did little to change the momentum, with the Giants’ lead quickly becoming 15 as the turnovers continued to pile up for the home side.

While Geva Mentor battled gamely with five gains and Ash Brazill and Kim Ravaillion had four each, it was in attack where the Magpies broke down, with Shimona Nelson (40/46) coughing up nine turnovers, while Browne had four. The Giants' defence was ruthless and also uncharacteristically disciplined, with the often heavily penalised Sam Poolman only out of play nine times, while claiming four gains. Goal defence Kristiana Manu'a added three gains, while wing defence Amy Parmenter collected four.

By three-quarter time the Giants led 52-34.

The Magpies improved markedly in the final term as Sinclair found her feet and the Giants rested Nissan MVP Jo Harten (23/27) - who was all but unstoppable from long range early in the game - with the Magpies winning it 22-11 and dragging the deficit back to single digits.

Score breakdown
Q1: Magpies 14 v Giants 16
Q2: Magpies 9 v Giants 18
Q3: Magpies 11 v Giants 18
Q4: Magpies 22 v Giants 11

Suncorp Super Netball Premiership Points
Magpies – 1
Giants - 7

Nissan Player of The Match – Jo Harten (Giants)

Magpies shooting statistics – 56/68 (82.4%)
Shimona Nelson – 40/46 (87%)
Nat Medhurst – 5/7 (71.4%)
Gabrielle Sinclair - 11/15 (73.3%)

Magpies starting seven: GS – Shimona Nelson, GA - Nat Medhurst, WA - Kelsey Browne, C - Ash Brazill, WD - Kim Ravaillion, GD - April Brandley, GK – Geva Mentor

Magpies are now set for three weeks on the road so need to need to rest and reflect quickly before travelling to Adelaide.

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