Gi­ants shut out resur­gent Fire­birds

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

THE Gi­ants have suc­ceeded where they failed last week­end, hold­ing strong to close out the Queens­land Fire­birds 53-51 in their Su­per Net­ball match in Syd­ney.

Af­ter a last-minute loss last week to the Swifts, the Gi­ants were able to take their game to the next level and snuff out a Fire­birds come­back with four straight goals to fin­ish.

The Gi­ants strug­gled with flu­id­ity at times with cap­tain Kim Green post­ing three early turnovers, but she soon took hold of the mid­court. Her 28 goal as­sists more than made up for any early in­dis­cre­tion.

Judg­ing by the score­sheet, it was the cap­tain who was in charge in the mid­dle, but Ser­ena Guthrie caused prob­lems for the Fire­birds all game — es­pe­cially when on the de­fen­sive.

The 196cm goal shooter Romelda Aiken caused a headache un­der the post for the Gi­ants’ de­fen­sive unit — but she strug­gled to con­vert (32/38) af­ter ap­pear­ing to be hav­ing trou­ble with her shoot­ing pre-game.

With both sides chas­ing run­away com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers West Coast Fever, the Gi­ants move clear of their Satur­day ri­vals into sec­ond spot. The vis­i­tors, how­ever, earnt a valu­able bonus point for their ef­forts in the first quar­ter.

Ser­ena Guthrie of the Gi­ants on the ball. Pic­ture: AAP

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