Swifts beat Fever to gain home edge

HADLEY SAYS THERE’S MORE WORK TO DO

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Danielle Jarvis

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.

Pic­ture: KEANE BOURKKE

Mid­courter Paige Hadley looks to pass over Ash­leigh Brazill.

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