An impressive third-quarter masterclass has catapulted the Collingwood Magpies out of an early gap and to a 69-61 victory over the Queensland Firebirds at Melbourne’s John Cain Enviornment.
Shimona Nelson shot 61 objectives from 66 makes an attempt for the victorsJodi-Ann Ward impressed in defence for the MagpiesThe Firebirds maintain a 0-4 win-loss report to take a seat backside on the ladder
Jodi-Ann Ward (5 intercepts) was good in defence for the Magpies, fellow Jamaican Shimona Nelson (61 objectives) proved unstoppable after an uncharacteristically shaky begin and centre Molly Jovic was enormously influential within the fightback.
“We’re fairly proud of the efficiency,” Ward stated.
“We began actually slowly, that wasn’t the kind of netball we wished to play.
“We had been within the change rooms the place we mirrored on the primary half and we simply got here out firing within the second half.”
The end result took Collingwood to a 2-2 win-loss report and helped erase recollections of final week’s 27-goal belting by West Coast Fever.
Making issues worse for the winless Firebirds, objective assault Mia Stower exited the sport halfway by way of the fourth quarter after injuring her left leg in a collision with Ward.
The Firebirds began strongly, although, with captain Kim Ravaillion and Lara Dunkley artistic, Ruby Bakewell-Doran main a sturdy defence and shooter Donnell Wallam shading Geva Mentor.
Stower’s tremendous shot on the quarter-time buzzer put the Firebirds in entrance 18-13.
Nelson, who went into the match with a near-perfect 120-of-121 conversion price throughout the opening three rounds, uncharacteristically missed 4 of her first 15 close-range pictures earlier than efficiently recovering her radar.
Ward and Mentor stored the Magpies within the hunt, however the Firebirds’ defensive duo of Bakewell-Doran and Remi Kamo had been simply as sizzling on the different finish because the guests closed the half with 4 unanswered objectives to Wallam to guide 33-28 on the principal interval.
For the following quarter-hour, the Magpies may do no flawed.
Jovic obtained proper on prime of Ravaillion within the centre, Nelson drained 20 pictures, and Ward and Mentor managed the Firebirds’ shooters.
The error-riddled, penalty-plagued Firebirds scored simply as soon as within the first 5 minutes of the third time period because the Magpies went on separate scoring bursts of 7-0 and 10-1 to forge a 10-goal three-quarter-time cushion that proved insurmountable.
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