GIANTS Netball are back in their own territory and about to play their biggest game of the season when they face league leaders West Coast Fever on Saturday 4 August (7PM AEST) at ICC Sydney Theatre.
GIANTS are coming off a 66-56 win over Collingwood Magpies Netball in Melbourne in Round 13, in which they claimed all eight points on offer. Fever are coming off a 68-55 win over the Melbourne Vixens.
Currently in second place – just one point behind Fever in the standings – it’s a do or die game for the GIANTS, as the winner will claim the Minor Premiership and secure home game advantage for the Suncorp Super Netball Major Semi Final.
Last time they faced Fever, GIANTS returned home from Perth with a tough two-point loss (63-61) at the hands of their opponents after an exceptionally intense and closely contested game. GIANTS and Fever are the only teams to have resided inside the Top 4 after each round of the season so this is set to be a true battle of the Suncorp Super Netball titans.
GIANTS Netball midcourter and English superstar Serena Guthrie says that the team knows what is on the line with this game and how important each and every point will be.
“We’re very aware of how important the game is and the difference between winning and losing,” she says.
As to the results of the last game, Guthrie knows that there is plenty of room for improvement from that performance, especially against such a strong side.
“We lost narrowly I think in the last game and we made a few silly errors so that’s something obviously we’ll be looking to try and improve on in this game,” says Guthrie.
“I think for us it’s not focusing too much on the Jhanieles (Fowler) or the Nat Medhursts. They’re a good team and as a team we’ve got to shut them down if we’re going to win.”
It will certainly help that GIANTS have some positive momentum after their last two games, including last weekend’s win over Magpies.
“Last week for us we needed eight points and we went and got it, despite it being a little bit up and down performance wise. As much as we’re not perfect we’re on our way and I think if we can just keep building we’ll definitely be in with a shout at the weekend.”
The game starts at 7PM AEST on Saturday 4 August and will be broadcast on Telstra TV and the Netball Live App.