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Prelim Final: Magic (51) defeat Thunderbirds (49)

In last night`s sudden-death preliminary final, the Magic cemented a spot in the inaugural ANZ Championship Grand Final by defeating the Thunderbirds 51 - 49.
The Thunderbirds presented a predictable line-up with most interest surrounding influential defender Mo’onia Gerrard, who started at wing defence, but as expected found her way to goal defence once Magic’s attack began to get the upper hand.

Both teams missed opportunities to press home an advantage in a scrappy first quarter where momentum swung back and forth. It was the Thunderbirds who found the early touch, as goal attack Natalie Medhurst found the tall figure of shooter Kate Beveridge with relative ease.

The teams went toe-to-toe in the opening half of the second quarter with neither taking a backward step as goals went with the centre pass. Testing each other for weaknesses, it was Magic who found the odd chink in the Thunderbirds’ game.

Despite the best efforts of Natalie von Bertouch and Medhurst, the Thunderbirds lacked the accuracy on attack and were left playing catch-up as the Magic headed into half-time 29-25 ahead.
But as has become their habit, the home team let the visitors back into the game with some sloppy play. The change of positions between Medhurst and Beveridge seemed to work as the Thunderbirds reeled in the deficit. Magic endd the quarter 41-36 ahead but, as Thunderbirds coach Jane Woodlands reminded her team during the final break, a five-goal margin is nothing at this level of netball.

In a torrid and utterly enthralling final stanza, the Thunderbirds, on the back of fine work by Gerrard and Mentor, closed to within two goals, but could not stem the tide against a courageous Magic who showed their own fighting spirit and cool heads to withstand the onslaught.

Van Dyk`s superlative work rate and accuracy (31 goals from 32 attempts) and Williams` aerial ability were pivotal for Magic. For the Thunderbirds, none was better than the meticulous Medhurst, who shot 20 from 22, and the classy Gerrard.

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WIN a signed Thunderbirds match dress and Power guernsey

As a valued supporter of the Adelaide Thunderbirds the club would appreciate your feedback on various initiatives in 2008.As such, a supporter survey has been developed to give the club a greater unde

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Hon Mike Rann MP

Hon Mike Rann MP