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Swifts (50) def Thunderbirds (44)

Round 8 was an important one for the Adelaide Thunderbirds and the NSW Swifts. Both teams needed the win to gain a spot in the coveted final four.

The Thunderbirds started strong with fierce goal-circle defence from Gerrard and Mentor. The accuracy of Swifts’ captain Catherine Cox ensured the teams were tied for the majority of the first quarter. A short-lived lull in the Thunderbirds’ defence allowed the Swifts to overtake. But Adelaide was soon back in form with exceptional defending from captain Natalie von Bertouch. Inaccurate passing by the Swifts` offence allowed Adelaide to pick up at the end of the quarter and end on a 13—10 lead.

The second quarter followed the same line as the first with both teams neck and neck until halfway through the quarter. Adelaide goal shooter Kate Beveridge consistently made herself available, and great communication between the two shooters let the Thunderbirds dominate in the second half of the quarter. The Adelaide shooters played another quarter of above 85 per cent accuracy, while NSW didn’t even hit 70. Von Bertouch continued her defending prowess, and led her team to another quarter-victory, extending their lead to six goals.

A knee injury scare in the third quarter for Swifts’ wing defence Selena Gilsensen stopped their momentum, allowing the Thunderbirds’ defence to get back on their feet. Five Swifts’ goals in a row saw the team break even with the Thunderbirds toward the end of the quarter, but 100 percent shooting accuracy from the home team let them hold on to a lead just that little bit longer. Adelaide led the way into the final quarter, 37—35.

Neither team made a change going into the final quarter. Gerrard started off the quarter by picking up her game, reminiscent of her ferocity at the start of the game. The Thunderbirds were outplayed in the final quarter with the Swifts coming away with a six-goal win over the home side.


Shooting Stats:

Adelaide Thunderbirds
Kate Beveridge - 29/32 (90%)
Natalie Medhurst - 15/17 (88%)


NSW Swifts
Catherine Cox - 34/39 (87%)
Susan Pratley - 16/18 (88%)

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