Another close call for the Adelaide Thunderbirds

The Adelaide Thunderbirds have cemented their place on top of the ladder with a close win over the Queensland Firebirds in Adelaide on Sunday.

 

Picture: Naomi Jellicoe. Source: The Advertiser

Picture: Naomi Jellicoe. Source: The Advertiser

 

The Adelaide Thunderbirds have cemented their place on top of the ladder with a close win over the Queensland Firebirds in Adelaide on Sunday.

 

The home team didn’t look so convincing for the first three quarters and had to fight hard to take the 54-52 win over the second team on the ladder.

 

First centre pass belonged to the Thunderbirds, but the first goal went the way of the visitors, showing they were up for the challenge.

 

It was a battle of the tall shooters as both teams utilised similar game plans to throw a long ball into the circle.

 

Firebirds goalkeeper Laura Geitz found herself lost against the body of tall Thunderbirds shooter Carla Borrego in the first quarter, as both teams shot 16 from 17 attempts.

 

The second quarter saw the visiting team take command of the game as a strong effort in the defensive goal gave them a three-goal lead with six minutes to go.

 

With both goal circles producing strong efforts from defenders and high shooting accuracies, pressure was on the mid-court players to deliver the ball.

 

As the Firebirds led 31-28 coming into the halftime break, Adelaide goal attack Erin Bell said the score reflected the home team’s effort to get in front.

 

‘We need to try and lose them early, and use our prelims’, Bell said.

 

The Thunderbirds came out of the half-time break rejuvenated as they fought hard to bring the score back to within two goals with 30 seconds remaining in the third term.

 

The 11-10 quarter gave the Thunderbirds momentum as they headed into the fourth quarter needing a big effort to take the win.

 

The momentum didn’t last long as missed catches by the home team extended the visitors’ lead to four goals, but a touch from Renae Hallinan gave them the drive they needed.

 

The effort remained strong from both teams, but the Thunderbirds brought it back to even with eight minutes remaining, before Firebirds wing attack Chelsea Pitman called a timeout and left the match.

 

Momentum continued the way of the home team, with the crowd getting loud as they shot their way to a 15-11 goal quarter to take the close win.

 

Adelaide Captain Natalie von Bertouch said that the home team still has a lot to work on coming into finals.

 

‘We know that we haven’t got the perfect game yet so heading into finals next week we know that’s what we need to work on,’ von Bertouch said.

 

Written by Airlie Rehmann

This entry was posted in Netball and tagged , , , by Airlie Rehmann

About Airlie Rehmann

Airlie is a current student at the University of South Australia studying Journalism and Public relations. She has a passion for sports with a strong interest in the AFL and hopes to work in the media surrounding the sport, in the future. Airlie graduated from Golden Grove High School in 2009 and has since then completed two years of a Bachelor of Science at Adelaide University, before beginning her degree in Journalism. She is a current State League player for the Royal Adelaide Cougars Netball Club, whilst in the AFL Airlie is an avid supporter of the Adelaide Crows. Airlie joined the Fiasco Sports team prior to its launch, as Senior Netball Writer, but has since then jumped at the opportunity to join the AFL team also. TWITTER: @Airlie_Rehmann

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