VIXENS:  Bailey (GS), Caldwell (GA), Browne (WA), Watson (C), Moloney (WD), Weston (GD), Chatfield (GK).
THUNDERBIRDS: Borrego (GS), Bell (GA), Waddington (WA), Proud (C), Gilmore (WD), Bulley (GD), Poolman (GK).

Melbourne Vixens handed the Adelaide Thunderbirds their second narrow loss on the opening day of the Summer Shootout, winning an high intense contest 25-23.

In front of a vocal crowd on the Show Court, the Vixens again finished strongly to leave Adelaide winless after two matches, having lost earlier by a goal to the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel on Court 2.

Adelaide got away to a bright start and led by five goals early in the game before the Vixens clicked into gear and took a narrow lead into half-time.

Both coaches – Simone McKinnis and Jane Woodlands-Thompson - made some key changes at half-time. Adelaide captain Renae Hallinan, who sat out the first half, replaced Andrea Gilmore at wing defence at the main break while Geva Mentor gave Bianca Chatfield a spell at goal keeper for the Vixens.

Adelaide took back the lead early in the second half and held onto it until the Vixens reclaimed the advantage with three minutes to go in the game.

Vixens shooter Karyn Bailey looked sharp in her first appearance of the Pre-Season Tournament at goal shooter.

HALF-TIME: Vixens 15, Thunderbirds 14.

FULL TIME: Vixens25(Bailey 18/25, Caldwell 7/9), Thunderbirds 23 (Borrego 18/22, Bell 5/13).


FEVER v PULSE, Court 2, 1pm


FEVER: GS Bassett, GA Medhurst, WA Pitman, C Watts, WD Brazill, GD Janz, GK Beckford-Chambers
PULSE: GS van Dyk, GA Wilkins, WA Hazeldine, C Shadrock, WD Henry, GD Agbeze, GK Grant

An impressive defensive effort has seen the Haier Pulse record a 29-25 win over West Coast Fever.

Pulse goal defence Katrina Grant was the standout creating havoc for the Fever attackers, spoiling clean ball into the shooters. With Ama Agbeze tight on defence keeping Nat Medhurst on the run in the first spell, Grant was at her best, interrupting the high ball into Caitlin Bassett.

Four goals down at the break 16-12 Fever coach Norma Plummer opted to continue using different combinations, making a raft of changes including Bassett being taken off and Kate Beveridge introduced into the match.

At the other end of the court Irene van Dyk and Donna Wilkins continued to progress as a shooting duo for the Pulse with Fever’s Ebony Beckford-Chambers making her presence felt in the circle.

The Pulse frontline was aided by Elias Shadrock in the centre position using her considerable experience as a wing defence to unsettle the Fever mid-court attackers. Both sides have won one and lost one so far in the competition.

HALF-TIME: Pulse 16, Fever 12

FULL TIME: Pulse 29, Fever 25


FIREBIRDS v SWIFTS, Court 1, 2pm


FIREBIRDS:  Aiken (GS), Wells (GA), Simmons (WA), Ravaillion (C), Simpson (WD), McCloud (GD), Geitz (GK). 
SWIFTS: Thwaites (GS), Tippett (GA), Davies (WA), Green (C), Hay (WD), Letton (GD), Mkoloma (GK).

The NSW Swifts had the better of their northern rivals for the second week in a row, continuing their unbeaten start to the Summer Shootout with a 28-19 victory over the Mission Queensland Firebirds.

The Swifts beat the Firebirds in a practice game in Brisbane last weekend and came out firing to start this match of the Pre-Season Tournament, racing to a nine-goal lead late in the first half.

Caitlin Thwaites, Sonia Mkoloma and captain Kimberlee Green all made their first appearances of the weekend after sitting out the opening game. However, Green’s match was cut short when she left the court after 10 minutes to get treatment on her right foot.

She was replaced by Paige Hadley, with her match up against Australian 21/U World Youth Championship teammate Kim Ravaillion an enthralling contest.

The Firebirds rallied in the second half with ex-Swift Amorette Wild moving into goal attack alongside Romelda Aiken in their goal circle. They closed the deficit to just one goal with seven minutes left in the game, but the Swifts steadied and reeled off the next eight goals to seal the result.

HALF-TIME: Swifts 14, Firebirds 6.

FULL TIME: Swifts 28(Thwaites 16/18, Tippett 6/6, Pratley 6/8), Firebirds 19 (Aiken 13/17, Wild 5/5, Wells 1/2).


MAGIC v FEVER, Court 1, 3pm


MAGIC: Paseka (GS), Halpenny (GA), Rasmussen (WA), Sinclair (C), Coffin (WD), Price (GD), Manu (GK).
FEVER: Bassett (GS), Beveridge (GA), Pitman (WA), Brazill (C), Bolton (WD), Gomes (GD), Janz (GK).

West Coast Fever and the Kia Magic played out an entertaining 29-all draw on the Show Court.

In a frantic finish to the match, Magic shooter Ellen Halpenny had the chance to win the game in the dying seconds but her shot missed and the two sides finished locked together.

No extra time is being played during the Pre-Season Tournament because of the shortened matches.

But Magic coach Julie Fitzgerald would be heartened by her side’s performance after losing their opening two games as they were without captain Casey Kopua, defender Leana de Bruin, shooter Jo Harten and midcourter Courtney Tairi for this match.

They also trailed the Fever by five goals mid-way through the first term before lifting to grab the lead right on the half-time buzzer through a Halpenny long bomb.

Fitzgerald stuck with the same combination throughout the entire match, handing the league’s youngest player Jamie-Lee Price the daunting task of minding Fever captain Natalie Medhurst in the second half.

Magic led the Fever by three goals with five minutes left to play before West Coast fought back to level the scores and the two sides traded goal for goal in the final three minutes with a good-sized crowd getting loud as the time clock ticked down.

HALF-TIME: Magic 15, Fever 14.

FULL TIME: Magic 29 (Halpenny 16/27, Paseka 13/20), Fever 29 (Bassett 25/29, Beveridge 3/3, Medhurst 1/2).



Starting line-ups:
ADELAIDE THUNDERBIRDS Borrego (GS), Lange (GA), Beaton (WA), Proud (C), Hallinan (WD), Shimmin (GD), Bulley (GK)
MAINLAND TACTIX Kumwenda (GS), Naoupu (GA), Mackle (WA), Clarke (C), Saunders (WD), Moulds (GD), Watson (GK)

Adelaide Thunderbirds and Mainland Tactix have recorded the second draw of the pre-season Shootout with neither side able to break a 25-all deadlock in the dying stages of the match.

It was a disruptive game of lost opportunities with flashes of brilliance with less than four goals separating the teams at any stage.

With the clock ticking down to the first break Thunderbirds shooter Carla Borrego took a blow to the face, coach Jane Woodlands-Thompson deciding to sit her out for the remainder of the match, replaced with Erin Bell.

The Tactix showed the depth of their mid-court with NZ Under 21 player Nicola Mackle given the nod to start against one of the best defensive mid-courters in the game of netball, Renae Hallinan, and moved into the centre position with the Tactix leading 15-14 at halftime.

Just when one team started to make headway, the other would pull them back keeping the scores even for most of the second half.  Despite the Thunderbirds being the more fancied team, the Tactix more than held their own with Malawi international Mwai Kumwenda combining with Julianna Naoupu to keep the score moving while at the other end Australian 21/U shooter Cody Lange and Erin Bell were steady. The Tactix have never beaten the Thunderbirds in an ANZ Championship match in six seasons of trying and will face them again in Adelaide in Round 14 on June 1.

HALF-TIME:  Tactix 15, Thunderbirds 14
FULL TIME: Tactix 25, Thunderbirds 25


SWIFTS v MYSTICS, Court 1, 4pm


SWIFTS: Dziwoki (GS), Tippet (GA), Green (WA), McCulloch (C), Hay (WD), Layton (GD), Letton (GK). 
MYSTICS: Latu (GS), Amani (GA) Toeava (WA), Loveday (C), Tuki (WD), Bourke (GD), Fakahokotau (GK).

The NSW Swifts handed the Northern Mystics their first defeat of the Summer Shootout and continued their own unbeaten record with a 33-22 win on Court 1.

A feature of their win was the performance of Gretel Tippet, who’s 20-goal haul would have pleased Swifts coach Rob Wright about what sort of impact can have as part of the side’s shooting combinations in 2014. Tippet and Carla Dziwoki played the entire 30 minutes in the goal circle.

As they did in their previous two games, the Swifts got away to a strong start to lead all match and powered away to a comfortable win in the second half. The Mystics ran an relatively inexperienced line-up for the entire game, bar for Cathrine Latu at goal shooter and Jess Tuki at wing defence.

Tera-Maria Amani, a training partner with the Mystics, got her first taste of court time for the weekend at goal attack and ended the match with 12 goals at 85 per cent accuracy while first-year player Temalisi Fakahokotau spent the entire game at goal defence.

HALF-TIME: Swifts 19, Mystics 14.

FULL TIME: Swifts33(Tippet 20/24, Dziwoki 13/17), Mystics 22 (Amani 12/14, Latu 10/10).


PULSE v FIREBIRDS, Court 2, 4pm


FIREBIRDS: GS Aiken, GA Wild, WA Simmons, C Ravaillion, WD SImpson, GD Messer, GK Geitz 
PULSE: GS Griffin, GA Wilkins, WA Hazeldine, C Henry, WD Kersten, GD Selby-Rickit, GK Grant

A late second half comeback wasn’t enough for the Queensland Firebirds to topple one of the favoured teams in 2014, with the Central Pulse winning 28-23.

Exciting young Queensland mid-courters Kim Ravaillion and Verity Simmons were a tour de force in the first half playing with speed and precision, collecting their fair share of ball and duly offloading to shooters Romelda Aiken and Amy Wild.

At the other end the Donna Wilkins-Paula Griffin combination took  time to settle in, not an easy task against the likes of Laura Geitz and Jacinta Messer.

After 15 minutes of fast paced action, it was the Pulse who edged ahead by three 13-10.

Firebirds coach Rosalee Jencke rested a handful of players including captain Laura Geitz at half-time as she continues to rotate her bench players. Opposition coach Robyn Broughton also introduced fresh players including iconic shooter Irene Van Dyk who, like Paula Griffin in the first half, finished the match without missing a goal.

The Firebirds staged a late comeback closing the gap to three, the Pulse holding their composure to seal the match 28-23.

Not too much can be read into the results of pre-season matches with most teams opting not reveal their starting seven until the league starts in the first weekend of March, but this five goal win will give confidence to the Pulse who have never beaten the Firebirds in Australia, the two teams facing off in Round 13 on the Gold Coast on Saturday May 24.

HALF-TIME: Pulse 13, Firebirds 10
FULL TIME: Pulse 28, Firebirds 23


VIXENS v STEEL, Court 1, 5pm


VIXENS: Hoare (GS), Bailey (GA), Strachan (WA), Browne (C), Moloney (WD), Weston (GD), Mentor (GK). 
STEEL: Selby-Rickit (GS), Bates (GA) Crampton (WA), Finch (C), Frew (WD), Rasmussen (GD), Karaka (GK).

The Melbourne Vixens made it a hat-trick of victories on day 1 of the Summer Shootout with a 27-18 triumph over the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel.

The Vixens rested captain Bianca Chatfield and goalers Catherine Cox and Tegan Caldwell from the match, giving young shooter Erin Hoare her first court time for the weekend.

The 193cm Hoare, who made two regular season appearances last year, made the most of her opportunity by shooting 15 goals at 83 per cent accuracy playing at goal shooter while Karyn Bailey was again a consistent contributor.

Hoare and Bailey were eager to capitalise on the creative work from the Vixens midcourt of Caitlin Strachan, Madison Browne and Kate Moloney.

Steel coach Janine Southby switched her side around at the main break with Shannon Francois moving into wing attack and Storm Purvis replacing Phoenix Karaka at goal keeper.

Jhaniele Fowler-Reid watched the first half from the bench but came on at the break to replace Olivia Bates in the goal circle and had a good contest with Vixens defender Geva Mentor.

HALF-TIME: Vixens 11, Steel 8.

FULL TIME: Vixens27(Hoare 15/18, Bailey 12/16), Steel 18 (Fowler-Reid 9/11, Selby-Rickit 6/10, Bates 3/4).




STEEL: GS Fowler-Reid, GA Selby-Rickit, WA Francois, C Frew, WD Peeters, GD Rasmussen, GK Mikaere.
MAGIC: GS Harten, GA Leaver, WA Sinclair, C Tairi, WD Price, GD de Bruin, GK Manu.

Half-time: 17-12 (Magic)
Fulltime: 30-29 (Steel)

Te Paea Selby-Rickit and the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel have pulled off an unlikely win after trailling by eight goals in the opening half of the match against the Kia Magic.

Kia Magic coach Julie Fitzgerald showed faith in talented teenagers Samantha Sinclair and Jamie-Lee Price along with 20 year-old goal attack Brooke Leaver who all started the match.

The acquisition of classy England international Jo Harten was a coup for the Magic in the off-season, with the 1.88m tall shooter displaying safe hands in the attacking circle under the high ball and duly converting. Courtney Tairi too, was the impressive in the centre bib providing clear direction for the youngsters.

Despite being twenty-two centimetres taller than her opponent, Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid was prevented clean ball with some clever play by defenders Bessie Manu and Leana de Bruin. With the timing and flow disrupted, the bulk of the workload fell to goal attack Te Paea Selby-Rickit, who did more than her fair share of shooting from the outer edge of the circle.

Behind 17-12 at halftime, the Steel injected some fresh legs into the match with a new defensive pairing of Storm Purvis and Phoenix Karaka, along with Gina Crampton in the wing attack position. The score line started to close as the Steel found their rhythm, Fowler-Reid sinking five unanswered goals to draw close.  A stunning aerial intercept from up and coming netball star Karaka and the Steel came to within striking distance.

Tied at 29-all with time up on the clock, a penalty shot from Selby-Rickit three metres from the goal sealed the win for the Steel 30-29.

Coach Janine Southby was thrilled by the overall effort.

““It was a slow start but I was really pleased with the way the team were able to come back into the match and maintain enough pressure to get the result.”



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