Adelaide Thunderbirds beat Melbourne Vixens 49-39 in the Semi-Final in Adelaide on Sunday.
The Adelaide Thunderbirds have secured the chance to host the ANZ Championship Final after their win against Melbourne Vixens 49-39 in the Semi-Final in Adelaide on Sunday.
The Thunderbirds resilience and determination showed through as they once again were forced to fight hard for the win.
In a match that saw the ball go end-to-end for minutes without a goal, the Thunderbirds finally broke the Vixens spirit early in the last quarter to take the win.
The home team fought hard in the first quarter, to hold the Vixens to just eight goals, their lowest for a quarter this season.
Former Australian Captain, Sharelle McMahon, was thrown into goal attack in the second quarter for the Vixens, working hard to bring the visiting side to the front by one goal at half time.
Adelaide goalkeeper Sharni Layton said that upping their defensive pressure and taking intercepts would help win the game.
‘It’s extremely intense but I’m just concentrating on what I have to do, and I know that my girls are doing the same,’ Layton said.
The Thunderbirds returned to court with a strong winning attitude that helped them take a one-goal lead at the end of the third term.
But it was the final quarter that saw the home team run away with the win, as their strong defensive pressure all over the court caused the visitors to unravel.
The Adelaide team savored the win by calling time with less than two minutes remaining to see the entire team take the court.
Sam Poolman, Laura Packard, Leigh Waddington, Kate Shimmin and Stephanie Puopolo all got their chance to play in the spotlight and help the home team take a ten goal win.
Adelaide Captain Natalie von Bertouch said although the game was touch-and-go she couldn’t be more proud of her team.
‘We are extremely thrilled,’ von Bertouch said.
‘That’s what we came out today to do and we knew we had to be right on our game to beat the Vixens.’
As a team that hasn’t lost a game in three months, the Thunderbirds are proving themselves to be strong contenders to take out the Championship.
Written by Airlie Rehmann