Swifts no match as Pies chase perfection
MAGPIES coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell says her team is not far off delivering the perfect netball she’s craved all season after their charge towards the Super Netball finals was bolstered with a big win over the NSW Swifts last night.
In their last home game of the season, the Magpies overcame a scratchy start and last week’s loss to the Sunshine Coast Lightning with a 62-50 victory at Hisense Arena.
The win — one of the Mag- pies’ biggest this season — strengthened their position in fourth place with just two rounds left to play.
For the Swifts, Sam Wallace (33 from 36) was a dominant target under the ring, while Paige Hadley impressed in the midcourt in her return from injury after missing three weeks with a knee complaint.
Magpies goal shooter Caitlin Thwaites won her battle with Swifts defender Sarah Klau to top score with 49 goals from 52 attempts at 94 per cent, while Kim Ravaillion was MVP after starring at centre.
Keppich-Birrell said the win was confidence-boosting for her team and she was now certain that her players’ best net- ball was now not far away. “We’ve been working really hard to try to get more and more minutes and tonight we saw more and more minutes from all 10 players, so I’m really proud of them,’’ KeppichBirrell said.
Keppich-Birrell said they were determined to finish off the regular season on a high.
“We are not thinking about finals,’’ she said. “Because we haven’t really started the way we wanted to ... we want to finish the way we had wanted to build across the whole season.’’
NSW Swift Sam Wallace.