MYSTICS v THUNDERBIRDS, Court 1, 6pm

STARTING LINE-UPS

MYSTICS: Latu (GS), Tutaia (GA), Pedersen (WA), Langman (C), Hurley (WD), Bourke (GD), Tuki (GK).
THUNDERBIRDS: Borrego (GS), Bell (GA), Waddington (WA), Beaton (C), Hallinan (WD), Bulley (GD), Shimmin (GK).

The Adelaide Thunderbirds broke through for their first win of the Pre-Season Tournament, beating the Northern Mystics 32-30 in both side’s final appearance on day 1.

The Thunderbirds went into the match having lost two of their earlier games against the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel and the Melbourne Vixens and playing out a draw with the EasiYo Tactix.

Adelaide coach Jane Woodlands-Thompson may have given fans an early glimpse at her possible opening round starting line-up with all seven players that took to the court part of their championship winning squad last year.

She benched Erin Bell and captain Renae Hallinan at half-time, replacing them with young shooter Cody Lange and Andrea Gilmore

In an entertaining game, the Thunderbirds threatened several times to pull away from the Mystics, who fought back on each occasion.

The Mystics finished day 1 of the Summer Shootout with two wins – against the Tactix and Steel – and two losses to the NSW Swifts and Thunderbirds.

Their opening game on day 2 is against the Haier Pulse at 9am, local time. 

HALF-TIME: Mystics 16, Thunderbirds 16.

FULL TIME: Thunderbirds 32 (Borrego 23/31, Bell 7/10, Lange 2/6), Mystics 30 (Tutaia 18/21, Latu 12/18).

 

HAIER PULSE V NSW SWIFTS, Court 2, 6.00pm

Starting Line-Up:

 NSW Swifts: GS – Thwaites, GA – Pratley, WA – Tippet, C  - Hadley, WD – McCulloch, GD – Layton, GK – Mkloma

Haier Pulse:  GS: van Dyk, GA: Wilkins, WA: Lees, C: Shadrock, WD: Henry, GD: Grant, GK: Agbeze

The NSW Swifts are one of just two unbeaten teams after day one of the pre-season Summer Shootout with a fourth comprehensive victory, this time over the Haier Pulse 24-18 to end their day on a high.

Former Pulse shooter and new Swifts recruit Caitlin Thwaites, paired with Susan Pratley, were a formidable duo under the goal, opening up space and guiding the ball into the goal with accuracy.

Australian 21/U shooter Gretel Tippet played the match out on the wing providing the Swifts some height in the mid-court while in the defensive end, Sharni Layton proved to be a thorn in the side of Donna Wilkins, applying relentless pressure throughout the match.

The Swifts held a narrow two goal advantage, 11-9 at the break and extended the margin to 6 by the final whistle. It’s a dream start to the pre-season Summer Shootout for new Swifts coach Rob Wright and the team will now turn their focus to Sunday and their two matches against the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel and the Melbourne Vixens.

The Pulse end day one with mixed results recording wins over the West Coast Fever and the Queensland Firebirds while falling to the Melbourne Vixens and the Swifts.

HALF-TIME: Swifts 11, Pulse 9

FULL TIME: Swifts 24, Pulse 18

 

FIREBIRDS v TACTIX, Court 1, 7pm

STARTING LINE-UPS

FIREBIRDS: Aiken (GS), Wells (GA), Ravaillion (WA), Simpson (C), McMeniman (WD), Messer (GD), Geitz (GK). TACTIX: Naoupu (GS), Fenwick (GA), Grant (WA), Thompson (C), Saunders (WD), Moulds (GD), Walker (GK).

The Mission Queensland Firebirds claimed their first victory of the Summer Shootout after triumphing 28-23 over the EasiYo Tactix in the penultimate match of the opening day.

The Firebirds went into the game having lost their three earlier encounters against the West Coast Fever, NSW Swifts and the Haier Pulse but finally tasted success in an entertaining contest against the Tactix.

Tactix coach Leigh Gibbs would be pleased by what her side has produced on the opening day.

They beat the Kia Magic, played a draw against reigning champions the Adelaide Thunderbirds and had two close loses to the Northern Mystics and Firebirds.

Firebirds coach Roselee Jencke ran all four of her shooters – Romedla Aiken, Ameliaranne Wells, Amorette Wild and Stephanie Puopolo - during the match.

Sophia Fenwick and Mwai Kumwenda looked dangerous as a combination for the Tactix in the second half.

The Tactix’s first match on day 2 of the Summer Shootout is against the Melbourne Vixens at 11am, local time. The Firebirds are in action first up at 9am, local time, against the Kia Magic.

HALF-TIME: Firebirds 17, Tactix 11.

FULL TIME: Firebirds 28 (Aiken 12/14, Puopolo 7/10, Wells 5/9, Wild 4/7), Tactix 23 (Fenwick 12/16, Kumwenda 8/8, Naoupu 3/5).

 

SOUTHERN STEEL v KIA MAGIC, Court 2, 7pm

Starting line-ups
Southern Steel: GS Fowler-Reid, GA Selby-Rickit, WA Francois, C Frew, WD Peeters, GD Rasmussen, GK Mikaere.
Kia Magic: GS Harten, GA Leaver, WA Sinclair, C Tairi, WD Price, GD de Bruin, GK Manu.

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.

Trailing 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.

HALF-TIME: Magic 17, Steel 12 
FULLTIME: Steel 30, Magic 29

 

VIXENS v FEVER, Court 1, 8pm

STARTING LINE-UPS

VIXENS: Cox (GS), Caldwell (GA), Browne (WA), Watson (C), Weston (WD), Chatfield (GD), Mentor (GK). FEVER: Bassett (GS), Medhurst (GA), Pitman (WA), Watts (C), Brazill (WD), Janz (GD), Beckford-Chambers (GD).

Melbourne Vixens completed a clean sweep on day 1 of the Summer Shootout by holding out a spirited West Coast Fever 25-23 in the final match of the opening day.

Recruit Catherine Cox led the way for the Vixens against her former teammates, shooting some clutch goals in the final term as the hosts made it four straight victories for the day.

The Vixens first match on day 2 is against the EasiYo Tactix at 11am, local time.

Fever coach Norma Plummer fielded virtually her strongest line-up to start the match, replacing Caitlin Bassett, Khao Watts and Josie Janz at the break with Kate Beveridge, Shae Bolton and Chanel Gomes.

In an intense contest, the lead see-sawed for most of the match before the Vixens edged clear in the final minute and held possession from the resulting centre pass to deny Fever their second win of the day.

Youngster Jo Weston also impressed under pressure in the Vixens defensive circle.

The Fever’s first game on day 2 of the Summer Shootout is against the Adelaide Thunderbirds at 10am, local time.

HALF-TIME: Vixens 14, Fever 12.

FULL TIME: Vixens 25 (Cox 13/21, Caldwell 12/19), Fever 23 (Bassett 10/15, Medhurst 10/15, Beveridge 3/5).

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