DREAM RUN CONTINUES FOR NSW SWIFTS
Quarter by Quarter scores
NSW Swifts: 17 - 34 (17) - 50 (16) - 60 (10)
WBOP Magic: 13 - 21 (8) - 34 (13) - 43 (9)
Catherine Cox: 31/39 @ 79%
Susan Pratley: 29/34 @ 85%
Team: 60/73 @ 82%
Irene van Dyk: 27/29 @ 93%
Jodi Brown: 16/19 @ 84%
Tanya Lund: 0/0 @ 0%
Team: 43/48 @ 90%
The NSW Swifts have continued their dream run in the 2010 ANZ Championship season with a 17 goal demolition of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, 60-43.
On their way to securing their eleventh straight victory, equaling the Vixens’ record for successive wins in the ANZ Championship, they also managed to keep the WBOP Magic to their lowest score against the home team, 43 goals.
It was the trans-Tasman clash everyone had been waiting for as the first placed NSW Swifts took on New Zealand’s best in the WBOP Magic. Going goal-for-goal in the opening minutes, both teams were firing with quick, strong plays down the court. Mkoloma, relishing the opportunity to play on one of the game’s best shooters in van Dyk, was at the top of her game with her partner Bulley. A magnificent lay up from Cox right on the buzzer not only thrilled the crowd, but also gave the NSW Swifts a four goal lead into the break, leading 17-13.
The third quarter saw the Swifts’ feeders, Green and Tairi combine outstanding vision with spectacular passing to deliver good ball to their shooters who shot at 89% for the quarter. Despite perfect shooting from the Magic, the Swifts continued to display some of their best defence of the season and increased their lead to 13 at half-time, 34-21.
Changes to both ends for the WBOP Magic saw them produce their best quarter of netball on the scoreboard netting 13 goals. Green’s fine form continued whilst both Cox and Pratley also continued to wow the crowd, with long bombs giving the Swifts a 16 goal lead at the final break, 50 - 34.
Amorette Wild entered the action at wing attack for the Swifts in the final quarter, whilst Tanya Lund came on mid way through the quarter, replacing an injured Brown at goal attack. But the Swifts’ intensity never wavered and they continued their dominance into the closing minutes, restricting the Magic to their lowest score against the ladder leaders and winning 60-43.
Next Game: Round 13, ANZ Championship
Melbourne Vixens v NSW Swifts
Saturday 12 June, 2:20pm (local time)
Hisense Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Next Home Game: Round 14, ANZ Championship
NSW Swifts v Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel
Monday 21 June, 7:05pm (local time)
Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, NSW