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NSW Swifts: the road to the finals

With the Finals Series of the inaugural ANZ Championship looming, all eyes will be on the final two rounds to see who rises from the pack to claim a top four spot.

 

The NSW Swifts home games are completed, and both Round 13 and Round 14 are on the road, first to Melbourne then Perth.

 

At the completion of round 12, the Waikato BOP Magic is still sitting on top of the table; a place they have held since early in the competition. However, their recent loss to the Melbourne Vixens has shown a kink in their previously flawless armour; leaving the door ajar for their upcoming opponents.

 

The remaining finals places will be contested between four Australian teams – Melbourne Vixens (2nd), NSW Swifts (3rd), Queensland Firebirds (4th) and Adelaide Thunderbirds (5th).

 

Round 13 will prove to be crucial to the finals makeup with the NSW Swifts travelling to Melbourne to face the Vixens and the Thunderbirds playing the Firebirds. There is no doubt that the winners of these two matches will increase their finals chances greatly.

 

NSW Swifts captain, Cath Cox, believes her team is up to the challenge.

 

“Playing the next two games away from home doesn’t faze us. The Vixens will be a big test for us and the Fever pushed the Vixens last week so we won’t be taking that game lightly either,” Cox said.

 

“We never really thought about the prospect of hosting a home final earlier in the season, but now i guess it’s in the back of our minds. It would be a dream to have one.”

 

Percentages (goals for and goals against) will play a major part in deciding the four finalists; however, it may all come down to the final round.

 

Facing a tough battle will be the Queensland Firebirds who have to travel to New Zealand in round 14 to tackle the Southern Steel in front of a parochial Invercargill crowd, renowned as one of the toughest road trips in the ANZ Championship.

 

One thing is for sure though – this competition is far from over, with the action on court in the final two weeks sure to keep everyone glued to their seats or couches, watching FoxSports.

 

ANZ Championship Finals Format

Major semi-final:         1v2 (minor premiers to host)

Minor semi-final:         3v4 (team finishing third to host)

Preliminary Final:        Loser of major semi-final v winner of minor semi-final (Loser of 1v2 to host)

Grand Final:                 Winner of major semi final v winner of preliminary final (Winner of 1v2 to host)


Barrett withdrawal opens door for talented youngster

Due to the withdrawal of Sarah Barrett from the 2009 NSW Swifts team, talented mid-courter Ashlee Mann has been promoted to the inaugural ANZ Championship premiership winning team

NSW Swifts aim high in 2009

Saturday 4 April 2009 heralds the start of the much-anticipated return season of the ANZ Championship.

NSW Swifts honoured at NA Awards

Capping off an impressive year both on and off the court for the NSW Swifts, our congratulations are extended to the following award winners

Shoard inspires high school students

2008 NSW Swifts Premiership player, Leah Shoard, was one of the star attractions at Womensport and Recreation NSW’s "School Girls’ Breakfast with the Stars”

19/12/2008 - Barrett withdrawal opens door for talented youngster

9/12/2008 - NSW Swifts aim high in 2009

1/12/2008 - NSW Swifts honoured at NA Awards

12/11/2008 - Join the RED ZONE; 2009 Draw Announced

9/11/2008 - Gilsenan crowned

7/11/2008 - Limited Edition Memorabilia

6/11/2008 - 2009 Player Movements

5/11/2008 - NSW Swifts name team for 2009

5/11/2008 - Become a member in 2009!

31/10/2008 - Three Swifts to face Silver Ferns in Brisbane

31/10/2008 - Shoard inspires high school students

30/10/2008 - ANZ Championship moves to TEN and ONE HD

27/10/2008 - Silver Ferns outshine Diamonds in first test

24/10/2008 - Going the Distance Forum

24/10/2008 - NSW Swifts in the community - Emma Koster

22/10/2008 - Good luck Susan, Kim and Bec!

21/10/2008 - Cox out of NZ Series

17/10/2008 - NSW Swifts in the community

9/10/2008 - Diamonds clean sweep England

7/10/2008 - Diamonds hang on to defeat England

30/9/2008 - See the Diamonds take on England!

26/9/2008 - Cox to miss England Tests

22/9/2008 - Williams leads Silver Ferns to victory

19/9/2008 - Will the Diamonds dazzle again?

18/9/2008 - Diamonds dazzle Silver Ferns

8/9/2008 - Australia`s Diamonds unveiled

8/9/2008 - Netball welcomes Network TEN

28/8/2008 - Netball in the spotlight

28/8/2008 - Swifts support regional coaches and officials

27/8/2008 - Four NSW Swifts to wear the green and gold

20/8/2008 - 6 NSW Swifts vie for Test selection

19/8/2008 - QBE clinic a hit with the kids!

19/8/2008 - Who said netball wasn`t fun?

15/8/2008 - Limited Edition GF memorabilia coming soon!

15/8/2008 - 2009 membership information coming soon!

15/8/2008 - Ware elevated to Australian Squad

2/8/2008 - 5 NSW Swifts in Australian Netball Squad

1/8/2008 - Cox and Koster come away with the awards

28/7/2008 - Captain Cox leads NSW Swifts to victory

28/7/2008 - Gilsenan announces retirement

27/7/2008 - It is GO SWIFTS time!

25/7/2008 - WEAR RED! GET LOUD!

24/7/2008 - Preparation the key for NSW Swifts in decider

21/7/2008 - Meet two of our youngest fans

21/7/2008 - A TRUE trans-Tasman GF for netball`s inaugural season

19/7/2008 - Tell us what you think of season 2008 and you could win an Ipod!

16/7/2008 - ACER ARENA TO HOST GRAND FINAL

15/7/2008 - Celebrate with the NSW Swifts

14/7/2008 - Dreams shattered for dream team

13/7/2008 - THEY DID IT! NSW SWIFTS TO HOST GRAND FINAL

11/7/2008 - IMPORTANT UPDATE: Members are a priority!

10/7/2008 - MAJOR SEMI PREVIEW: NSW Swifts v Waikato BOP Magic

10/7/2008 - It’s a GIRL for Magic coach, Noeline Taurua

7/7/2008 - NSW SWIFTS Members receive ticketing priority!

7/7/2008 - NSW SWIFTS SECURE 2ND PLACE

3/7/2008 - NSW Swifts aim for top spot in final round

3/7/2008 - Finals Fever, if we beat the Fever!

1/7/2008 - Round 14 is sure to be a showstopper

30/6/2008 - NSW SWIFTS SCORE A RECORD 6TH WIN

27/6/2008 - NSW Swifts: the road to the finals

26/6/2008 - NSW SWIFTS AIM FOR A RECORD SIX WINS IN A ROW

23/6/2008 - NSW Swifts storm home over Thunderbirds

19/6/2008 - PREVIEW: NSW SWIFTS v ADELAIDE THUNDERBIRDS

15/6/2008 - NSW SWIFTS SWOOP HOME IN VICTORY

13/6/2008 - IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION FOR SUNDAY

12/6/2008 - NSW SWIFTS set to soar at home in sell out match

11/6/2008 - Perfect Pratley is all class!

9/6/2008 - NSW Swifts win epic battle in extra time

5/6/2008 - 3 NSW Swifts nominated for prestigious award

5/6/2008 - PREVIEW - NSW SWIFTS v LG Northern Mystics

4/6/2008 - ANZ Championship showcases potential England Captain candidates

3/6/2008 - NSW Swifts sell out match against Firebirds

31/5/2008 - NSW Swifts enjoy the BYE and a birthday

26/5/2008 - Thunderbirds unable to stop a storming home SWIFTS

23/5/2008 - NSW Swifts ready for the Thunder!

20/5/2008 - NSW Swifts are everywhere!

19/5/2008 - NSW Swifts break a Fever

15/5/2008 - Win Family Pass to NSW Swifts v Fever!

15/5/2008 - New website, tell us what you think!

12/5/2008 - NSW Swifts at Fever Pitch

9/5/2008 - NSW Swifts Merchanidse. You know you want some!

9/5/2008 - Vixens snatch a one goal victory over Swifts

30/4/2008 - Opening training session and you are invited

30/4/2008 - Media coverage, like never before!

28/4/2008 - NSW takes a SWIFT lead

23/4/2008 - NSW Swifts get "Pulse" racing!

17/4/2008 - The Insiders Coaching Series

17/4/2008 - NSW SWIFTS WIN: 50 - 47 vs MAGIC

16/4/2008 - NSW SWIFTS plan to create own "magic"

14/4/2008 - Hunter to host top of the table clash

12/4/2008 - Tactix too tough for NSW Swifts

10/4/2008 - NSW SWIFTS must be tactical against TACTIX

10/4/2008 - Alternative strip only for Tactix match

4/4/2008 - NSW SWIFTS see RED!

4/4/2008 - Vixens take the Pulse - game 1 of ANZ Champs

3/4/2008 - Aust v NZ, Mate v Mate

2/4/2008 - Jump on the NSW Swifts bus!

31/3/2008 - Selina as VC for NSW Swifts!

11/3/2008 - She`s baaaack!

9/3/2008 - Results of the preseason... a taste test

6/3/2008 - Less than 12 hours until GO TIME!

8/2/2008 - Troy the latest NSW Swifts recuit

24/1/2008 - A dozen NSW Swifts cooking with gas!

2/1/2008 - Robinson the latest NSW Swift recruit


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