Super Netball news, scores, results 2022: NSW Swifts def Sunshine Coast Lightning, West Coast Fever vs Melbourne Vixens

The NSW Swifts have crushed the hearts of Sunshine Coast Lightning fans across the nation, delivering a dagger to their hopes for the Suncorp Super Netball Finals.

The NSW Swift have crushed the hearts of Sunshine Coast Lightning fans across the nation, delivering a dagger to their final hopes of Suncorp Super Netball as they may be missing for the first time since the tournament began in 2017.

Lightning’s tumultuous season went from bad to worse after losing a goal to NSW Swifts in a fluctuating match.

Lightning’s versatile defender Kate Walsh was banned from Round 10 under Covid protocols, so the home team shuffled their defense. Fortunately, they had the talented Jamaican Kadie-Ann Dehaney on the bench, eager to start. Dehaney was a good physical match for Rangy Swifts shooter Helen Housby and she applied a mountain of pressure to the feeders.

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The combination of Housby and Kelly Singleton in the final attack for the Swift was fast and smooth. In the first half of the match, they burned Lightning’s defenders with foot speed and ball movement, leaving Lightning unanswered.

Sarah Klau picked up where she left off in Round 9 for the Swifts. She and Cara Koenen weren’t afraid to stick with each other with Klau winning the battle early, causing turnovers or attracting offensive contact. But Koenen eventually adapted and overtook the Diamonds defender.

Lightning’s ability to apply defensive pressure across the board helped them react in the latter stages of the first and second quarters. Each midfield player picked up an interception that helped them reduce the Swift’s lead to five at half-time.

Both teams opted for changes in shooting personnel in the second half. Swifts’ Sophie Fawns made a cameo, but Lightning’s Tara Hinchliffe got the better of her, quickly sending her back to the bench.

Lightning added further height in attack by bringing Reilley Batcheldor to team up with Cara Koenen. Batcheldor was tenacious, fought for any loose ball, but it was his accuracy and confidence on the post that got the Lightning ahead at the end of the third quarter. Batcheldor finished the match 12/13 including three of the four supershots.

Lighting coach Kylee Byrne said the changes weren’t responsive.

“The changes had to put us in a position of strength. Some of them worked. Some of the changes have worked, but with Laura Scherian returning from Covid we have to take care of the people and with the week condensed, ”she said.

The match got pretty undisciplined by the end with a total of 40 turnovers in the 60 minutes. In the end, it was the team that looked the most for loose balls, which won, with Swifts turning 10 pickups into goals.

After the match, Byrne acknowledged that repeated mistakes were what robbed them of the chance to play the finals.

“If we cough one, we can’t take three out. We can’t be in that chase position and that’s where we first met,” he said.

“When they got off right at six, we were late. I am immensely proud of the battle. We didn’t let it slip away by a wider margin, we recovered. ”

NSW Swifts 61 defeated Sunshine Coast Lightning 60

DIAMOND WATCH

The spotlight was on a circle tonight with four potential Australian Commonwealth Games athletes battling it out. Sarah Klau vs Cara Koenen was great fun with both showing brilliance throughout the match.

The defense of Swift’s goal, Maddy Turner, is less certain. While she performed well in the first half, she was benched in her third when Cara Koenen got the better of her.

THE RECONSTRUCTION PHASE

Every year since Suncorp Super Netball was launched, Sunshine Coast Lightning have reached the final series, including three final appearances and consecutive titles. This year, however, is their worst season ever, with a likely bottom placement at the end of Round 14.

However, this year, they are without four of their 2022 squad members. Most of the athletes who have filled the squad are youngsters: either high training buddies or athletes with just a handful of seasons under them. They’ve had promising glimpses this year that will only get better if they can keep most of this lineup going forward.

The woes of wood

Lightning’s Steph Wood didn’t set the floorboards on fire in 2022. She missed Round 2 when she was battling Covid and since returning to full fitness she has still struggled to put together two consistently good games.

Wood is often a barometer for his team: when active, his team gets up. But when it’s off, it seems to create a lack of confidence in its side. Interestingly, when she is shifted from her normal attack-on-goal position and switches to the shooter’s or winger’s attack, Wood seems more comfortable than she is.

Diamonds fans are hoping he will be back in full shape before the Commonwealth Games.

Melbourne Vixens vs West Coast Fever on arrival

Originally published as Swifts’ dagger for SC’s final hopes in the 1-point thriller: Super Netball Wrap

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