The NSW Swifts produced an impressive fourth quarter comeback, beating fierce rivals Melbourne Vixens 67-66 in Super Netball to win their second straight game by one goal.
Six days after Helen Howsby’s clutch two-point shot gave the Sunshine Coast Lightning a 64-63 win, the Swifts recovered from nine goals at Sydney’s Ken Rosewall Arena on Saturday night. – McInnis Cup.
After winning two games against the Swifts last season, the Vixens were on the brink of a three-game winning streak, but the home side added pressure and forced four key turnovers to take the lead. So it waned in the final quarter.
Swift manager Bryony said, “I was looking in their eyes like, ‘We have to get something out of here.’ Because it seemed like it,” he said. Akul said.
“I was just going back to playing and seizing each little moment and saying, ‘I can go back to the game and hone this.'”
Swift turned into an unlikely hero as former Vixen Allie Smith grabbed a crucial rebound at a fill-in defender after Mwai Kumwenda’s 2-point attempt missed the mark and allowed her side to cling to possession. 1 goal in the final minute. in the last seconds.
When regular defender Maddie Turner hit his head and left the court, after midcourt Smith was forced to play in the circle, he said, “Except for the last rebound, the (defensive) rebound is 1. I don’t think so,” Akul said.
“[Smith] I’m sorry… I think it’s Sarah [Klau] Maddie was very grateful for the final rebound there. ”
Melbourne coach Simone McInnis handed unheard-of defender Liv Lewis to the starting role ahead of Emily Mannix to counter the aerial strength of Romelda Aiken-George.
Both teams were slightly dominant in the first half before going into the main break with the score locked at 30-30 before the Vixens surged 46-37 in the third quarter.
However, after missing much of the third quarter, Howsby returned to a power-five period and stole three super shots to cut Melbourne’s lead to 52–46 heading into the final quarter.
Needing to gain extra possessions, the home team chased the turnover ball in the fourth, and the Vixens collapsed under heavy scrutiny, dropping their third game of the season and taking third place on the ladder to Swift. I handed it over.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-04-22/super-netball-nsw-swifts-melbourne-vixens/102256404 NSW Swift beats Melbourne Vixens in super netball thriller