Entering Round 4, GIANTS Netball were a team on a mission to add another win to their record after a successful Round 3 outing. Not only were they able to secure the win against Queensland Firebirds, they also took all eight points on offer after downing the Firebirds by eight goals (61-69).
Both sides came out fighting in the first quarter, with GIANTS going up early after stealing the goal on the Firebirds first centre pass, but the Brisbane team soon managed to close the gap. Things were a bit messy to start, with both sides making errors, although GIANTS found their feet towards the end of the quarter.
It was another aerial display from the GIANTS, with Kim Green (WA), Amy Parmenter (WD) and Jamie-Lee Price (C) flying through the midcourt and Jo Harten (GA) at her acrobatic best in the circle. GIANTS closed the quarter up by one goal (14-15) and they took the first bonus point.
The GIANTS started to take control in the second quarter and the team chemistry that had been building through the first three rounds really started to shine through. Caitlin Bassett (GS) was a reliable target in the goal circle with Price and Green feeding her with confidence, with Harten moving all over the circle to create opportunities and showcasing some creative plays.
In the defensive end, Kristiana Manu’a (GD) and Sam Poolman (GK) were unrelenting against Gretel Tippett (GA) and Romelda Aiken (GS), putting on pressure in key moments. GIANTS went into halftime up by five goals (28-33) to secure the second bonus point of the match.
Kiera Austin came on as GA to start the third in place of Harten, showing her typical maturity and poise at the post, with some suburb long-range goals and speedy movements along the baseline. The duo of Austin and Bassett proved to be another strong combo, showing the impressive options at hand for Head Coach Julie Fitzgerald in that area.
It was a fairly even quarter in terms of goal to goal scoring, but GIANTS picked up the pace at the close, forcing timely turnovers when needed at both ends and scoring four of the final five goals of the quarter to increase their lead over Firebirds. They went into three quarter time up 45-52 and locked away the third bonus point of the match.
There were a few turnovers on both sides to start the fourth, and while Firebirds came out looking for the final bonus point, GIANTS remained dominant for the most part, even going up by ten goals at one stage. Green went to the sideline on an injury substitution, with Austin moving to WA and Harten returning to the court as GA. Poolman and Manu’a continued to work well together in the Firebirds end and the circle feeding remained strong from Price, with Austin also sending some gorgeous passes in to Bassett and Harten.
At one point it did look like Firebirds might take the final bonus point on offer, but GIANTS stormed back at the end to steal it away by one goal. The GIANTS secured their second win of the season in glorious fashion – taking home all eight points with an eight-goal win (61-69).
GIANTS Netball return to the court on Saturday 25 May at 7pm, when they head to the Sunshine Coast to take on Sunshine Coast Lightning.