Round 2 of the Super Netball season is upon us and one staff is licking their lips at a golden probability to proceed its excellent begin.
Round 2 of the Super Netball season is upon us and title contenders are rising already as Covid and accidents wreak havoc on the competitors.
The weekend’s motion will get underway on Saturday afternoon when the NSW Swifts tackle the Melbourne Vixens within the Seargent McKinnis Cup, named after Diamonds legend Anne Sargeant and present Vixens coach Simone McKinnis.
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The Vixens gained their first sport of the season and can go in as favourites to reclaim the Cup towards an understrength Swifts line-up.
Swifts shooter Sam Wallace will miss the remainder of the season with an ACL harm, whereas co-captain Paige Hadley has been dominated out of the conflict after testing constructive to Covid.
Teenager Sophie Fawns has been introduced into the Swifts line-up to exchange Wallace, however it is going to be a tricky job for the Swifts with out Hadley within the midcourt to deal with Vixens star Liz Watson.
Subsequent up on Saturday is the Queensland derby between the Sunshine Coast Lightning and the Queensland Firebirds.
Each groups have been overwhelmed in Round 1 and will likely be determined to get their first win of the season.
On Sunday, Collingwood takes on the red-hot West Coast Fever, who set a file for essentially the most factors ever scored in a Super Netball sport (83) final week.
The Fever will look to make it a win to recollect for captain Courtney Bruce, who’s taking part in her one hundredth nationwide league sport.
Round 2 wraps up with a conflict between the Adelaide Thunderbirds and the Covid-ravaged GWS Giants, who’ve lower than half their first-choice staff obtainable on account of Covid.
GWS was dealt a tough hand when the league surprisingly denied the Giants’ request to postpone the sport to a later date.
Consequently, the Thunderbirds have a golden alternative to begin the season with two straight wins and consolidate their standing as a darkish horse for the Super Netball title and their place on the prime of the desk.
Former Diamonds star Kim Inexperienced believes the Thunderbirds have the proper combine of their taking pictures circle and may make quick work of the depleted Giants.
“Gosh they’ve got some exciting players down there,” Inexperienced informed Fox League’s Centre Circle.
“The fact they can move the circle with a (Tippah) Dwan and a (Georgie) Horjus out the front is just beautiful. But then being able to but (Lenzie) Potgieter underneath the post and shoot lots of goals is also really handy to have.
“The balance between the two, it’s pretty scary especially if the Giants are bringing in supplementary players or players that haven’t played Super Netball before.”
“I’m really interested to see the result of this Giants-Thunderbirds game,” Australian netball legend Cath Cox added.
“It’s a great opportunity for the Thunderbirds, no two ways about it. It’s a depleted Giants, you’d suspect they were going to get the win there if that game isn’t postponed.
“That means the Thunderbirds are still going to be sitting in that first position after two rounds of netball. We’ve all been talking about it, it’s going to be a big season for them and that’s going to be a cracking start.”
Super Netball Round 2
Saturday 2 April
NSW Swifts vs Melbourne Vixens — 5pm EDT
Sunshine Coast Lightning vs Queensland Firebirds — 7pm AEDT
Sunday 3 April
Collingwood Magpies vs West Coast Fever — 2pm AEST
Adelaide Thunderbirds vs GWS Giants — 4pm AEST
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