A Tale of Two Halves
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
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.
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
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.