Superior Swifts dispose of Pies

THE NSW Swifts have absolutely demolished the Collingwood Magpies to win 85 goals to 56.

Starting with a dominant back end to the second term from the Swifts, that seemed to break the Magpies as the Swifts dominated and cruised from there and Collingwood could not keep up.

Thanks to some strong work in defence, the Swifts were the ones to take the early lead in the first term, and quickly had three goals on the board before the Magpies had their first on the board.

The lead did not last too long though as the Magpies levelled proceedings up only minutes later and took the lead after a handy tip from Geva Mentor.

A tip from Sarah Klau enabled the Swifts to level things up and momentum continued to swing.

The lead went up and down several times as the quarter progressed, but crucially for the Magpies it was always theirs.

Things were made a little bit harder for the Swifts with Maddy Proud forced from the court in the final minutes of the term after a head collision.

But the Swifts then lifted and took the lead inside the final 30 seconds of the quarter, and as such took a two-goal lead into the first break.

After things initially started as a goal for goal affair in the second term, the Swifts began to pull away as the midpoint of the term approached.

The margin sat at seven goals as the Power Five began, but only got bigger in the five minutes that followed as the home side continued to put their foot down.

Everything was going right for the Swifts and nothing was going right for the visitors, and as such the halftime margin had blown out to 17 goals.

Even though the volume of the Ken Rosewall Arena crowd would suggest otherwise, the Swifts were cruising early in the third term. That passage at the back end of the second term seemed to break the Magpies as it was as easy as a training run at times for the Swifts.

Kelly Singleton was providing a little bit of a spark late in the piece, but up the other end, Helen Housby and Romelda Aiken-George were doing it too easy.

Things sat at 21 goals the difference at the final change and the Magpies had quite the mountain to climb in the final term.

The Collingwood coaches made another set of changes in the final quarter to try and find a spark, while the Swifts on the other hand were making the changes for a very different reason. They kept changing up their attack end to give experience to all three shooters in a whole range of different combinations, and in a true sign of how the match was going, every time they changed up the combination it did not adversely affect their flow and momentum.

Even with the changes the Magpies could not find that spark they so desperately sought, and in the end, the home side cruised to victory.

For the Swifts, there were no weak links, but Maddy Turner (seven deflections, six gains), Klau (six deflections, five gains, three intercepts) and Housby (14/17 regular goals, 9/12 Super Shots, 31 feeds, 18 assists, two gains, one deflection, one intercept) particularly stood out.

Meanwhile there was not too much to smile about for Collingwood, but Singleton’s five Super Shots and Jodi-Ann Ward’s nine deflections and five gains small positives they can take away from the game.

NSW SWIFTS                                 17 | 26 | 20 | 22 (85)
COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES            15 | 11 | 16 | 14 (56)


NSW Swifts

GS: Romelda Aiken-George
GA: Helen Housby
WA: Paige Hadley
C: Maddy Proud
WD: Tayla Fraser
GD: Maddy Turner
GK: Sarah Klau

Collingwood Magpies

GS: Shimona Nelson
GA: Sophie Garbin
WA: Kelsey Browne
C: Molly Jovic
WD: Ash Brazill
GD: Jodi-Ann Ward
GK: Geva Mentor

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