Swifts to battle on

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

THE NSW Swifts have earned a place in the ANZ Cham­pi­onship Semi Fi­nal, de­spite a loss to lad­der-top­pers Queens­land Fire­birds on Sun­day.

The Swifts knocked the West Coast Fever out of fi­nals con­tention with a close 60-53 win on Fri­day night.

There was lit­tle time to cel­e­brate as the Swifts moved straight into the Aus­tralian con­fer­ence fi­nal against the Queens­land Fire­birds on Sun­day night.

While in­jured cap­tain Kim Green played for half the game against the Fever, she was rested for the Fire­birds match.

The Swifts held their own amid a crowd of Fire­birds sup­port­ers, but the Queens­land side wore them down in the fi­nal quar­ter with a fi­nal score of 44-55.

The Fire­birds were crowned Aus­tralian Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­ons but the Swifts still have a shot a the grand fi­nal if they pull off a win against New Zealand Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­ons the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic. While the pres­sure mounts, Swifts mid­courter Paige Hadley said she was ex­cited to play the Magic at Claude­lands Arena in Hamil­ton, New Zealand, on the Sun­day night.

“Pretty pumped to head across to New Zealand to meet Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic on Sun­day,” Hadley said.

The ANZ Cham­pi­onships grand fi­nal will see the win­ner of Sun­day night’s match hosted by the win­ner of the Firebird’s game against the SKYCITY Mys­tics, also played on Sun­day.

Pic­ture: AN­NETTE DEW

Caitlin Th­waites and Laura Geitz bat­tled for con­trol of the ball all game.

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