Battle of the Goal Shooters sees Adelaide on top

The Adelaide Thunderbirds have taken out the minor competition after beating the Northern Mystics 64-48 in Adelaide on Sunday.

 

Source: Dave Callow Photography

Source: Dave Callow Photography

 

The Adelaide Thunderbirds have taken out the minor competition after beating the Northern Mystics 64-48 in Adelaide on Sunday.

 

For the first time in their competition history, the Thunderbirds secured their tenth win in a row, but doubts were looming before the second half.

 

Having been rested due to the bye, Adelaide Captain Natalie von Bertouch was welcomed back into the team after a finger injury.

 

Many expected an easy win by the home team, in a battle of first versus last, but the Northern Mystics had other ideas.

 

As the game began, and the home team secured the first turnover of the match, it looked as though the game would continue this way.

 

With eight minutes to go in the first quarter, the Mystics had produced a four-goal turn around to be in front by one.

 

Mystics goalshooter Bailey Mes dominated the ring, shooting her team to a 15-9 lead coming into quarter time.

 

Adelaide Coach Jane Woodlands-Thompson asked for more during the break, demanding her defenders stop Mes.

 

“She had to be stopped. You’re with her, you look up and she’s gone,” Woodlands-Thompson said.

 

Coming into the second quarter, the Thunderbirds were on the rebound, shooting the first 3 goals. But a great defensive performance from the Mystics saw them push the lead back out to six with 10 minutes to go.

 

The home team missed easy shots under the ring, while at the other end of the court, Mes continued her dominating streak, shooting 22 from 23 balls.

 

Thunderbirds shooter Carla Borrego stood strong in the ring, taking a beating from the tough Mystics defenders.

 

While at the other end of the court, Adelaide defenders struggled to shut down Maria Tutaia and Mes, as they shot their team to a 28-23 lead coming into half time.

 

During half time, Adelaide goal defender Rebecca Bulley said that the scoreline was as a result of nerves from the home side.

 

“It’s a case of the nerves,” Bulley said.

 

“We only have 1 player leading to the ball instead of 2 options, we need to work our switches a little bit more. We just need to knuckle down a bit tighter”.

 

Woodlands-Thompson made adjustments as she looked for a lift in effort and change of energy from her team.

 

Kate Shimmin replaced Sharni Layton at goalkeeper in hopes of shutting down Mes, with the decision paying off.

 

During the third quarter, the Thunderbirds fought hard to bring the difference back to 2, with the Mystics answering and pushing it back out to 4.

 

Momentum swiftly changed as the visitors yet again were succumbed to an injury, as defender Kayla Cullen continued to struggle with calf problems.

 

Malia Paseka replaced Cullen on the defensive end, to line up against Borrego, but the quarter belonged to the home team as they fought home hard to take out the quarter 46-40.

 

The last quarter saw the Mystics try anything to take the game back, throwing shooter Catherine Latu into defence, as Cullen rejoined the team.

 

The Thunderbirds continued their domination of the last half to take the win.

 

Borrego competed with Mes in a battle of the shooters, but MVP of the match went to the Adelaide shooter scoring 45 from 50.

 

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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