Swift and sure path in quest for glory
THE NSW Swifts have secured a place in the ANZ Championship grand final after defeating the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in an exciting semi-final on Sunday.
The Swifts led during the first half but by the end of the third quarter, there was only two points in it.
A fierce comeback in the fourth quarter lead to a seven-point win at the final buzzer.
Despite the mounting pressure, Swifts midcourter Paige Hadley said the team maintained their game plan and played the game to the final minute. “We had to stick to our game plan,” Hadley said.
“We knew it was going to be a 60-minute game and that’s what it was.”
Hadley said the Swifts had improved with every game, but the girls had kept a level head throughout the season.
“We wanted to win but you don’t expect anything. We were just focusing on the game plan,” Hadley said.
Captain Kim Green took the court in the final quarter after missing the last two matches due to a calf injury.
The Swifts will now travel to meet the Firebirds at their home court on Sunday.
Hadley said they were focused on the task at hand.
“We have been building every round and we’ve just got one more job to do,” she said.
In a statement, Swifts coach Rob Wright said the reality of making the grand final was still sinking in.
“Probably seven weeks ago we would have thought we could do it ( make the grand final), but it’s only just sinking it now that we have made it,” Wright said.
The Swifts and Firebirds will face off at 12.10pm on Sunday at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
NSW Swifts’ Paige Hadley fights the Magic's Grace Rasmussen for the ball during the semi final.