It’s another tight all-Sydney derby all in the one place at Nissan Arena in Brisbane.
The Giants have built a great base in the attack, at least in the first two halves.
But their defense in losing the possession via the discipline has let them down.
And that ultimately went the Swifts’ way in the end by a close margin, 63-61.
Now it’s time to see the Top 3 overall performers from this afternoon’s game.
She had to battle against two tall forwards from the opposition of her circle in Caitlin Bassett & Joan Harten.
Initially, she may have made mistakes at times with the disciplinary side of things.
But defensively, it’s a different story.
Her hands in intercepting with that reach can jump and stuff up the opposition attack.
It led to the most chances coming from the other side of her channel in the attack where the Swifts gained the maximum points needed to keep themselves ahead in the game.
Fortunately, Moore’s presence in Goal Defense has used the half-time break to go through the pros and cons before using her best strengths in the defense to limit the Giants’ finishing opportunities.
With the help of Helen Housby, who runs around to find some support, Wallaces finishes from close range.
She possesses that physical muscle with the accuracy of the goalposts.
And that 3rd quarter when the Swifts tighten the defense has helped her attack more often.
It’s not just the usual one pointer going inside the circle.
But also around it when Wallace took advantage of the extra two-point rule in the last few minutes of the third stage.
So Wallace has benefited from the support channels around her going forward to unpack everything she needs to strike points after points to extend that gap further from the opposition.
The communication she and Caitlin Bassett upfront made a difference in the Giants’ attack earlier on.
Harten found some support with the passing back and forth to Bassett & Keira Austin that tricked the opposition defense.
It helped them achieve the much-needed points into the goal.
Also, Harten demonstrated her versatility when Bassett comes off, she shifts into her place and shot beautifully from close range.
And just going back a bit earlier in this blog post, the close communication upfront helped Harten achieve the extra points from the circle & retain that attacking structure towards half-time.
It may have still worked in the last two stages of the afternoon.
But it’s the ill-discipline behind them that have let her down defensively in a close loss against the Swifts by two points.
There’s another game to come at 5.30 pm when the Magpies face the Vixens in an all-Melbourne clash.
You can tune in only on Telstra TV via the Netball LIVE app data-free; otherwise, it will be on 9Now going into tomorrow.
After that, we’ll have to wait and see when the league organisers release the week two matchups in the next few days.