Giants shut out resurgent Firebirds
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