Thursday, 20 April 2017

Scouting Report: Queensland Firebirds

A Tale of Two Halves 

West Coast Fever and the Firebirds went head to head in Round 3 at Perth Arena, with the Queensland side coming out on top after opening up a 16-goal half time lead. However, it was Fever who played better in the second side, with the West Coast side outscoring the Firebirds 29-26. Despite the loss, there were many positives to take from the match, with Fever recording six interceptions in the defensive half. 

Winless Fortnight
Both Fever and the Firebirds are coming off losses before the bye, with Fever falling to the Magpies in Melbourne, while the Firebirds suffered a four goal loss to GIANTS Netball. It was the Firebirds’ second loss in a row after they lost to in-state rivals the Sunshine Coast Lightning in Round 7. A loss for the Firebirds would seriously dent their finals chances, especially if the Magpies manage to beat the Giants.  

Whistle Blowers
The Firebirds have committed a staggering 170 penalties in their previous two matches, the most in the League. 88 of these came in their Round 7 loss to the Lightning, with their defensive end of Gabi Simpson (WD), Kate Shimmin (GD) and Laura Clemesha (GK) combining for 51 of those. Gretel Tippett chimed in with 14, including 12 contact calls.  

Anstiss in the Wings
Jess Anstiss continues to impress in her debut season, and is coming off a strong performance against arguably the world’s best Wing Attack in Madi Robinson. Despite the Magpies’ midcourter being named game MVP, Anstiss recorded four interceptions. The youngster was locking down the Wing Attack position the last time we played the Firebirds and had a strong game against Gabi Simpson, however will face the challenge of limiting the impact of Caitlyn Nevins this weekend. Nevins had 40 feeds, 27 centre pass receives and 12 goal assists in their loss to the Giants.

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