The Adelaide Thunderbirds pulled off a sensational second-half comeback after extra-time in the SuperNetball major semi-finals in Sydney, with a dramatic 64-62 win over minor premiers NSW Swifts.
- The Swifts led at all three breaks before Adelaide fought back to take the game into overtime
- Thunderbirds goal attack Eleanor Cardwell scored 18 goals in 20 attempts and made 6 of 8 super shots
- Swift faces Sunday’s minor semifinal winner for Grand Finals spot
They advance to the grand final on July 8 in Melbourne, where the Swifts will host the winner of Sunday’s minor semi-final, West Coast Fever v Melbourne Vixens, in next weekend’s qualifying final.
The Thunderbirds had an early 7-3 lead at Qudos Bank Arena, but were trailed by seven in the second half in the 12th inning and trailed by five at three quarters.
“What we thought we did really well was just holding back,” Thunderbirds coach Tania Obst said.
“When they showed, we took most of our chances and seemed very calm and coordinated on the court at key moments.
“Going into the final five minutes there was nothing to suggest we might cross the line, but I was pretty confident.”
The Power 5 period in Q4 saw both teams trade super shots and change the lead several times.
Romelda Aiken-George scored a rare supershot goal 34 seconds before the end to give the Swifts a 58-57 lead.
But after Adelaide’s Tayla Williams intercepted a wayward long pass from Muddy Turner, an impressive Lucy Austin equalized at the buzzer.
“I can’t blame it on one pass. I think there were definitely moments in that game where our decision wasn’t the best. So it could have been a goal or two. So I never did.” “It’s the last part,” Swift coach Bryony Ackle said.
“I think we made some beautiful plays over the course of the three quarters. We stuck to the game plan, played some great netball and had a good presentation.”
“I think the physical side has been a bit of an issue and we need to work it out.
“Certainly, I strained the ball that shouldn’t be strained.”
The Thunderbirds made 11 of 15 supershot attempts, with Eleanor Cardwell making 6 of 8 and Austin making 5 of 8.
The Swifts scored the first three goals of the game, but the Thunderbirds then scored seven in a row.
Swift goal attack Helen Hausby hit four super shots in the Power 5 section of the first quarter to put her team in a 15-11 lead at quarter time.
Six straight goals on either side of quartertime gave the Swifts an 18-11 lead, but the Thunderbirds narrowed the lead to two points by halftime.
New South Wales made their first six attempts of the second half, but only three of them were successful, leading 44-39 at three quarters.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-06-24/adelaide-thunderbirds-beat-nsw-swifts-in-super-netball-semifinal/102520392 Adelaide Thunderbirds beat NSW Swift in overtime to advance to Super Netball Grand Final