The Adelaide Thunderbirds moved to the top of the ANZ Championship ladder with a victory over the West Coast Fever while the previously undefeated Melbourne Vixens lost for the first time this season when they went down to the NSW Swifts.
Take a look below at what your team had to say about the performance on the weekend.
Adelaide Thunderbirds (60) defeated West Coast Fever (43)
Thunderbirds coach Jane Woodlands-Thompson has nothing but praise for her import shooter Carla Borrego, who finished with 43/45 (96%):
“Their (Fevers) defence was pretty rugged. I have to say, Carla Borrego played one of the best games I’ve ever seen a goal shooter play. She had two people tagging her that can both jump 60-70cm and she didn’t spill anything,” Woodlands-Thompson said.
“We do play a high flying game, we even saw a lay-up today by Carla Borrego and a few tricky little things. But with the way we play, the ball goes into the circle a lot more so of course we’re going to lose a few more opportunities but we’re also going to get more supply, that’s the way we like to play it. It’s a more exciting brand of netball and it’s our responsibility to put that out there the fans of the game and to mark ourselves as a point of difference”
West Coast Fever coach Norma Plummer said that the substitution of Catherine Cox in the second quarter was precautionary after the shooter received a knock on her thigh from Thunderbirds defender Sharni Layton:
“It (Cox’s injury) was pretty sore and we’ve got a long road so it wasn’t worth putting her on and labouring with that,” Plummer said.
“We need her for next week.”
New South Wales Swifts (55) defeated Melbourne Vixens (52)
Swifts coach Lisa Beehag was delighted with her team’s effort against the previously undefeated Vixens:
“The wins to date have been really good for us but everybody knew the Vixens were the top of the table, they were undefeated and had been setting the benchmark so to get out and have a great game against them was fantastic,” Beehag said.
“You put a NSW team against a Victorian team and it always brings out something special in the players.”
Vixens coach Julie Hoornweg said that her side failed to adapt for the Swifts change of style:
"Our second and third quarters we let it slip away," Hoornweg told the Herald Sun
"We just kept playing the same way (after the Swifts made changes) and you can't do that.
"You can't play two quarters and expect to win; you've got to play four quarters. Swifts are a very good team and we gave them some space to get back into the game and they took it."
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