Strong start sees Adelaide swoop over Collingwood

Adelaide has continued its winning momentum, downing Collingwood 52 goals to 47 yesterday in Adelaide.

The Thunderbirds got off to a blistering head start to open the game, and after that Collingwood was playing catch up all game.

Collingwood learned the lesson the hard way early of no high balls anywhere near Latanya Wilson or Shamera Sterling, as the Jamaican star helped the Thunderbirds dart out to an early lead.

They kept making that mistake and it was costing them dearly as Adelaide raced ahead to a four goals to nil lead before the Magpies got their first on the board.

As the quarter progressed the Collingwood defenders began to get more gains an intercept ball, but the Pies attack end were unable to convert their good work as the visitors slipped further and further behind.

As the halfway point of the quarter came and went Collingwood began to creep its way back into the match, but was still seven goals down at quarter time as Adelaide resurged.

Adelaide got the better start to the second term, getting the lead out to as much as nine goals, but then Collingwood worked its way back into the game and got the margin down to as low as five goals.

The Thunderbirds then took a time out and really regrouped, and as such the lead was quickly back out to seven.

Collingwood did the same with a few minutes left in the term and had a little bit of a resurgence, but Adelaide proved they were capable of quickly putting an end to the resurgence.

Collingwood ultimately lost the second term by only a single goal, but they were still eight goals down at the main break.

The third quarter increased in intensity which as a consequence meant that the scoring decreased.

The pressure seemed to get to both sides at various points as defensive turnovers kept coming thick and fast.

Scores for the quarter were dead even at ten apiece, and as such the Thunderbirds maintained their eight goal lead heading into the final change.

Collingwood stared the final quarter well, and scored three of the first four goals. However, its inability to get a run of more than two goals in a row really stifled its chances of getting back into the game, and after Eleanor Cardwell shot three goals in a row, things were looking bleak.

Kelly Singleton tried to get her team back in the match with three Super Shots to round out the game, but that was not enough as they fell five goals short.

Sterling (11 deflections, eight gains, four intercepts, three rebounds) had another stellar game for the Thunderbirds, while Matilda Garrett responded to her inclusion in the Diamonds’ squad in a stellar way, combining well with Sterling to finish with six deflections and a gain of her own.

Meanwhile for the Magpies it was Molly Jovic (35 feeds, 13 assists, five deflections, three gains, three intercepts) and Kelsey Browne (32 feeds, 18 assists) who really shone, while Geva Mentor (nine deflections, nine gains, five intercepts, four rebounds) was a rock in defence.

ADELAIDE THUNDERBIRDS          14 | 15 | 10 | 13 (52)
COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES            7 | 14 | 10 | 16 (47)


Adelaide Thunderbirds

GS: Eleanor Cardwell

GA: Tippah Dwan

WA: Georgie Horjus

C: Hannah Petty

WD: Latanya Wilson

GD: Matilda Garrett

GK: Shamera Sterling

Collingwood Magpies

GS: Shimona Nelson

GA: Sophie Garbin

WA: Kelsey Browne

C: Molly Jovic

WD: Maddie Hinchliffe

GD: Jodi-Ann Ward

GK: Geva Mentor

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