The NSW Swifts

NSW Swifts fall agonisingly short again

Quarter by Quarter scores
NSW Swifts 12 - 29(17) - 46(17) -  60 (14)
West Coast Fever  19 - 31 (12) -  53 (22) -  63(20)
Shooting Stats
NSW Swifts
Catherine Cox 43/50 @ 86%
Susan Pratley 17/19 @ 89%
Team 60/69 @ 87%
West Cost Fever
Caitlin Bassett  51/54 @ 94%
Nikala Smith 4/5 @ 65%
Bianca Franklin 9/10@90%
Team 63/69 @ 91%
The NSW Swifts have fallen agonisingly short once again, going down by three goals in a physical encounter with the West Coast Fever in front of a sell-out (4200) crowd at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, 63-60.
In the NSW Swifts’ final home game of the 2009 ANZ Championship, it was the West Coast Fever that got out to an early lead with shooter Caitlin Bassett continuing her good form with a near flawless opening quarter, giving her team a seven goal lead at the first break.
A change at the defensive end in the second quarter saw Rebecca Bulley and Kimberley Smith switch positions in an attempt to unsettle a rampant Fever. The move paid off as Bulley increased her presence in the game while keeping Fever GA Nikala Smith to just one attempt for the quarter. After bringing the margin back to just three, the Swifts lifted to force several mistakes from the Fever and finish the quarter well two goals down, 31-29.
There were more changes to the NSW Swifts’ defensive end in the third quarter with Emma Koster given the task of curbing the dominant Bassett. Making several changes of their own the Fever was re-energised and looking to return to their first quarter form. Despite Koster’s early impact, Bassett’s dominance in the goal circle continued as she continued her near flawless performance pushing the margin back out to seven at the final break.
In a final effort to shut down Bassett, Mansell came on for the Swifts at GK. While the Fever looked set to run away with the match at ten ahead, the momentum shifted to the NSW Swifts who staged a last ditch comeback.
An impressive seven goal run had the capacity crowd roaring for more as the NSW Swifts managed to bring the margin back to two with just over five minutes remaining. Both teams lifted their intensity but despite several opportunities in the closing minutes, the Swifts just couldn’t bring the match home, narrowly succumbing to the Fever by three goals, 63-60.
With two away games remaining, NSW Swifts captain Catherine Cox stressed the importance of finishing the season on a positive.
“We want to finish on a good note. We have not been down this whole season, purely because we know we’re just a step away from a win. Every week we’re expecting to win, it’s not like we’re going into these games thinking we’re going to lose again,” Cox said.
“We have a star-studded line up. Minus Selina it’s the same team that won the competition last year. Everyone is upbeat and trying to keep themselves up beat and talking to each other about staying positive.”
The NSW Swifts will now cross the Tasman to take on the winless Central Pulse next Sunday afternoon in Porirua.
Image: SMP Images

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10/12/2009 - Christmas wishes from Kim Green

10/12/2009 - 100 days and counting!

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12/11/2009 - Swift coaching for Brumbies

9/11/2009 - Smith named Player of the Year

3/11/2009 - 2010 Player Movements

27/10/2009 - NSW Swifts sign Rebecca Bulley for 2010

26/10/2009 - NSW Swifts sign Vanessa Ware for 2010

22/10/2009 - Rob Wright joins the NSW Swifts in 2010

21/10/2009 - NSW Swifts sign Kim Smith for 2010

20/10/2009 - NSW Swifts sign Wild and Brazill for 2010

19/10/2009 - Mixed bag for Diamonds

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15/10/2009 - NSW Swifts sign Sam May for 2010

14/10/2009 - Swifts shine against England

13/10/2009 - NSW Swifts sign Pratley and Tairi for 2010

12/10/2009 - NSW Swifts sign Borger for 2010

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10/10/2009 - Diamonds call up for Bulley

9/10/2009 - Netball`s revolution on TEN/ONE

8/10/2009 - NSW Swifts sign Green for 2010

1/10/2009 - NSW Swifts sign Cox & Mkoloma for 2010

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23/9/2009 - Cox to return in final test

21/9/2009 - Pratley shoots Diamonds to victory

21/9/2009 - Congratulations Tadhg

18/9/2009 - Send a Swift Diamond message!

14/9/2009 - Aussie up 2 -1 in test series

4/9/2009 - World Team sparkle brighter than the Diamonds

31/8/2009 - World 7 win series 2-1

28/8/2009 - Catch the Diamonds on TEN & ONE!

27/8/2009 - Fitzgerald scores another victory over Silver Ferns

25/8/2009 - World 7 take game one

24/8/2009 - Support Buzz Day!

24/8/2009 - Fitzgerald finalises World 7 preparations

20/8/2009 - Fitzgerald to lead NSW Swifts in 2010

18/8/2009 - Our latest Swifts in training

18/8/2009 - Do you want to be coached by the NSW Swifts?

14/8/2009 - NSW Swifts Golf Day; a hole in one!

11/8/2009 - NSW Swifts in the community - Sam May

10/8/2009 - Three Swifts in Diamonds Team

10/8/2009 - Kids have a ball at QBE Clinic!

6/8/2009 - OCF shoots a goal for kids

3/8/2009 - A thank you from Susan Pratley

29/7/2009 - Honours shared at Swifts` night of nights

29/7/2009 - Expressions of Interest: 2010 NSW Swifts players

28/7/2009 - Cox, Pratley and Green in Diamonds Squad

27/7/2009 - Koster and Simmons support Buzz Day

24/7/2009 - Who will win the 2009 ANZ Championship?

20/7/2009 - Catch the Grand Final action LIVE on TEN

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8/7/2009 - Congratulations Selina and Ali

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4/7/2009 - Steel impress against Swifts

1/7/2009 - A letter from Cath Cox

1/7/2009 - NSW Swifts to show no mercy against Steel

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28/6/2009 - Pulse rise to the challenge to defeat Swifts

26/6/2009 - Decorate your room Swifts style!

26/6/2009 - Fitzgerald to coach World 7 Team

25/6/2009 - NSW Swifts will be all heart to stop Pulse

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18/6/2009 - Sellout for NSW Swifts final home game

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17/6/2009 - ONE HD comes to regional NSW

17/6/2009 - NSW Swifts, celebrities and much more

15/6/2009 - NSW Swifts defeated but not beaten

11/6/2009 - MATCH PREVIEW: NSW Swifts v Vixens

10/6/2009 - NSW Swifts in the community - Sam & Ashlee

7/6/2009 - Firebirds repel determined Swifts

4/6/2009 - NSW Swifts aim to quieten the Firebirds

1/6/2009 - NSW Swifts in the community - Winston Hills Mall

1/6/2009 - NSW Swifts v Fever, Liz v Luke - don`t miss it!

29/5/2009 - Kim Green joins fight against cervical cancer

28/5/2009 - NSW Swifts look ahead to Firebirds

27/5/2009 - NSW Swifts at Winston Hills Mall this Sunday

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21/5/2009 - Ticket frenzy for final home games

19/5/2009 - Mansell battles Firebird Aiken in debut

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12/5/2009 - Fitzgerald reaches 200 games in charge


11/5/2009 - NSW Swifts and Netball NSW welcome OCF

10/5/2009 - Swifts fail to fire as Thunderbirds storm home

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4/5/2009 - NSW Swifts fall to a crushing extra-time defeat

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30/4/2009 - NSW Swifts head west to bring down the Fever

28/4/2009 - Ticket Availability

27/4/2009 - NSW Swifts survive a Mystics fightback


22/4/2009 - The NSW Swifts 2009 merchandise range is here!

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12/4/2009 - Swifts winning streak comes to an end

9/4/2009 - WIN tickets to Swifts 2010 home games

8/4/2009 - NSW Swifts hope to tame the T-Birds

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2/4/2009 - NSW Swifts aim to outsmart the TACTIX



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30/3/2009 - NSW Swifts in the community - Cath Cox


26/3/2009 - NSW Swifts prepare for TACTIX

26/3/2009 - ONE - a new era in sport starts tonight

25/3/2009 - Cox supports Swans in 09

18/3/2009 - Be part of the action in 2009

18/3/2009 - They bleed red and white

11/3/2009 - NSW Swifts in the community – Cath Cox

8/3/2009 - NSW Swifts win SOP Netball Cup

7/3/2009 - NSW Swifts kept at bay by Southern Steel

6/3/2009 - NSW Swifts two from two at SOPNC

27/2/2009 - NSW Event of the Year: ANZ Championship GF

26/2/2009 - NSW Swifts gaining early support in 09

25/2/2009 - Allied Pickfords continue support of umpires

25/2/2009 - See it FIRST. See it LIVE!

25/2/2009 - NSW Swifts in action THIS WEEKEND!

25/2/2009 - See Cath Cox at Winston Hills Mall

22/2/2009 - NSW Swifts on track after Queenstown

21/2/2009 - NSW Swifts four from four in Queenstown

20/2/2009 - NSW Swifts two from two in Queenstown

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5/2/2009 - Netball`s answer to Twenty20 is here!

5/1/2009 - Surf`s up for the NSW Swifts









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