Swifts beat Fever to gain home edge
HADLEY SAYS THERE’S MORE WORK TO DO
We played them (West Coast Fever) on Saturday; we obviously know that they’re going to come out firing.
– PAIGE HADLEY
THE NSW Swifts have blitzed through the 2015 regular season to secure second place in the finals — and the right to host the first elimination final.
The Swifts defeated third-placed West Coast Fever on their home turf on Saturday.
The Swifts treasured possession with midcourter Paige Hadley at wing attack before being moved to centre in the second half.
The team was without injured captain Kim Green.
Hadley, who led the midcourt attack throughout the game, played down her role in the win. “Obviously, Kim Green is a massively important player,” Hadley said. “But we honestly have 12 strong players who can play.”
While the 63-56 scoreboard left the Swifts with a convincing victory, Hadley said the team still had “a few more jobs to do” going into the do-or-die final on Friday night.
“It wasn’t our best game at all,” she said. “We’ll be trying not to over-think everything.”
She said it had been a battle to the top. “Obviously, missing last season was disappointing and it’s been great to play this year,” she said. “We didn’t get the wins at the start of the season but each week we’ve built up.”
The Swifts will face the Fever again on Friday, this time at their home ground, Sydney Olympic Park — for the right to play the Queensland Firebirds in the Australian Conference final.
Midcourter Paige Hadley looks to pass over Ashleigh Brazill.