Giants defeat Sunshine Coast Lightning 70-64 in Tremendous Netball, Melbourne Vixens defeat Adelaide Thunderbirds 60-39
The Giants have stored their Tremendous Netball finals hopes alive with a hard-fought 70-64 win towards Sunshine Coast Lightning.
A pivotal 19-14 fourth quarter proved the distinction in Saturday’s fifth-versus-sixth stoush at Ken Rosewall Enviornment and sealed the Giants’ second successive victory.
Sophie Dwyer loved a grand second half, connecting neatly within the Giants’ capturing circle with Matisse Letherbarrow, who’s doing a high-quality job of filling the large sneakers of injured captain Jo Harten.
“It was a recreation of adjusting momentum,” Dwyer mentioned.
“We knew it was going to be a grind towards them.
“For each groups, it was must-win to maintain our seasons alive.”
On the different finish, Steph Wooden’s accuracy, notably from lengthy vary, was uncharacteristically inconsistent however fellow shooter Cara Koenen loved a high-quality outing earlier than slipping over late within the match and having to take a seat out the closing minutes.
Sluggish out of the blocks in final week’s heart-stopping loss to Melbourne, the Lightning silenced the house crowd within the preliminary levels, bursting forward 9-3 and forcing Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald to take an early time-out.
Her aspect, spearheaded by the brilliance of in-form captain Jamie-Lee Worth, responded and leapt forward 16-12 by way of a 7-0 burst earlier than the Lightning rallied late and tied the scores 16-all on the finish of a topsy-turvy opening stanza.
Worth was momentarily curbed by Lauren Scherian within the center after quarter-time however the Giants defensive trio of Amy Parmenter, April Brandley and Lauren Moore lifted, as did shooter Letherbarrow.
Sunshine Coast sprang a shock by shifting Wooden to wing assault to begin the second time period.
The Lightning skipper, predictably, was moved again into the circle later within the quarter and missed a few late tremendous photographs however Koenen’s sturdy offensive rebounding helped put Sunshine Coast up by one at half-time.
Uncompromising wing assault Mahalia Cassidy swapped bibs with Scherian and efficiently took over Worth’s duties within the centre because the Koenen-led Lightning threatened to take management.
The Giants responded to a 46-42 deficit with one other well-executed time-out from Fitzgerald, adopted by a 9-4 run.
Dwyer broke away from Karla Pretorius’s shackles earlier than Letherbarrow’s two-pointer within the dying levels gave the Giants a 51-50 three-quarter-time edge and the momentum which they carried all through the fourth.
Within the different recreation of the day, a dominant second quarter from the Melbourne Vixens arrange a giant 60-39 win over ladder leaders Adelaide Thunderbirds in Melbourne.
The Vixens excited their house followers, scoring 19 targets to the Thunderbirds 8 within the second time period to guide by eight on the most important break after the guests started strongly to guide by three after the opening quarter.
The house aspect constructed on the momentum within the second half, conserving the Thunderbirds to simply seven targets within the third quarter – the Vixens had a match-winning 46-29 lead on the remaining change, earlier than ending issues off for a complete win.
For Melbourne, Kiera Austin scored 23 targets from 30 makes an attempt, whereas Mwai Kumwenda had 21 from 22.
Eleanor Cardwell performed a lone hand for the guests, scoring 21 targets from 24 makes an attempt.