Pretty Black and White Wrap Up Adelaide Thunderbirds V Collingwood Magpies Round 11 Sunday 4 August 2019, Priceline Stadium
Sinclair and Garrett started for the Magpies while Medhurst and Brandley were on the bench. Nelson was off her game and struggled to find her rhythm against fellow compatriot, Sterling. The Thunderbirds took a time out with a lead of 3 points. Mentor was her usual dynamic self and managed a tip in front of Folau creating a turnover and goal for the Magpies. Garrett was out classed and racked up the penalties. The Thunderbirds took a second time out and led by 2. Nelson continued to lose the ball in the circle and couldn’t finish off her shots under pressure.
Adelaide took the bonus point and led by 4 points at the first break.
The second quarter saw Brandley come on for Garrett and add great defensive pressure. The Pies were patient with the ball, but Nelson proved expensive with her inability to score. Sterling drew the praise of the Commentators, but Nelson just was not in the game. Collingwood called a time out at 8.31 and the T-Birds led by 5. Medhurst was brought on for Sinclair during the time out.
Mentor was on fire with intercept after intercept, but the team were choosing to pass long instead of short making the passes an easy target for Adelaide. Ash Brazill asserted her dominance and took an intercept with started the Pies comeback and 5 goals in a row, levelling the score.
Ryde came on for Adelaide giving their feeders a nice high target under the post.
T-Birds led by 3 at the break with the bonus point going to the Pies.
Umpiring inconsistencies in the Collingwood goal circle saw the Thunderbirds take control of the quarter and Sterling (Adel) unpenalized for contact and obstruction. The Pies took a time out at 5.11 and trailed by 5 points. Brazill was moved to Centre and Ravaillion went to Wing Defence. Brazill demonstrated her outstanding athleticism with a drive and reverse feed to Nelson. Giving Nelson a much-needed goal and boost to her confidence.
Adelaide led by 2 at the final break and Collingwood took the bonus point.
The final term saw really strong defensive pressure from the Pies causing Pitman (Adel) to get a held ball. Collingwood successfully turned over the ball and goaled levelling the scores. The Pies then inched passed the T-Birds and called a time out at 3.04 minutes. As the game continued it was goal for goal with Nelson missing a final crucial shot.
The Bonus point went to Collingwood and the final result was a draw.
Final score Thunderbirds 46 Pies 46 Draw
Player of the match: Shamera Sterling
Buckle up people I’m going on a rant.
I’m not sure why the coaching staff decided they would go with their B team and not their best starting 7. This was a very important game for Collingwood to hopefully move to 4th on the ladder. The Commentators were making comment about Sinclair and that she needed to go off. She was great and at no time did she drop her bundle unlike the Goal Shooter. I know we all have bad games, but Nelson was expensive and repeatedly dropped the ball, moved too soon and was generally off her game. She plays against Sterling in her own country so I don’t understand why she couldn’t hold her own. I guess we will never know. Garrett needs work on her defence. She is a good player but again, she is very expensive when it comes to penalties; something the Pies can ill afford. Collingwood were obviously unsettled and had a lot of unforced errors. The Umpires had poor vision and poor positioning making things even more difficult than they were for Nelson. This game should have been a four pointer, but I guess I’ll take 2 points over none. Hoping the Coaching staff improve their choices next week against Fever. Go Pies!
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