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Dominant Magpies topple Swifts on the road

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The ladder-leading NSW Swifts have fallen to the Collingwood Magpies who showed dominance from start to finish during Round 13 at the Silverdome in Launceston.

The game kicked off with both sides going goal for goal for the first five minutes, but an Ash Brazill tip, which was the first of many, broke the momentum. What followed from the home side was a clinical attacking side and smothering defence unit, with Brazill and Geva Mentor wreaking havoc for Briony Akle’s troops.

By the time the first time-out was called, the score was 10-7 in favour of the Victorians with a centre pass to come, and despite stretching the lead out further, the NSW team had a late surge with three goals in a row to finish the quarter, 13-17.

In the second quarter, Akle mixed up the line-up by bringing in Tayla Fraser in C, Nat Haythornthwaite into GA, Sophie Halpin in WD, and Katrina Rore into GD, but it didn’t bring immediate success, with the Magpies pushing another two goals ahead.

The Swifts retaliated by forcing the ball back into their hands but the Magpies regained control and pushed the lead out to seven with less than three minutes until half time. The NSW-siders had another last-minute surge which evened the quarter score, denying both teams the bonus point.

The second half was pegged to be a real fight and the Swifts were strong off the mark, scoring four to even the score but the swing in momentum was short-lived. Magpies brought it back to a four-goal lead, which then turned to six after Mentor picked up a missed shot by Sam Wallace.

More changes were made in the last minutes of the third term, with Turner going back to GD, Elle Bennetts moving into WA, Hadley to C and Garbin to GA, but it failed to deny the Magpies their second bonus point, with the score 48-42.

The Magpies were too strong to overcome in the final term, looking unflinchingly settled all over the court. Dominant defensive pressure meant the Swifts feeders were struggling to make a connection through to Wallace, and even moving Rore into GK couldn’t shake up Nelson and Medhurst’s near flawless work in the goal circle.

By the time the final whistle blew, the Magpies led by eight goals, 64-56, taking seven bonus points.

Next week the NSW Swifts will face the winless Firebirds in the last game of the regular season at Qudos Bank Arena on Saturday 24 August.

Quarter by Quarter scores

SWIFTS | Q1: 13, Q2: 28 (15), Q3: 42 (14), Q4: 56 (14)

MAGPIES | Q1: 17, Q2: 32 (15), Q3: 48 (16), Q4: 64 (16)

Stating Teams

SWIFTS | GS Sam Wallace, GA Sophie Garbin, WA Natalie Haythornthwaite, C Paige Hadley, WD Katrina Rore, GD Maddy Turner, GS Sarah Klau

MAGPIES | GS Shimona Nelson, GA Nat Medhurst, WA Kelsey Browne, C Ash Brazill, WD Kim Ravaillion, GD April Brandley, GK Geva Mentor

Shooting Stats

SWIFTS: 56/63 @ 89%

S Wallace: 39/43 @ 91%

S Garbin: 8/10 @ 80%

N Haythornthwaite: 9/10 @ 90%

MAGPIES: 64/68 @ 94%

S Nelson: 52/54 @ 96%

N Medhurst: 12/14 @ 86%

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