Pretty Black and White Wrap Up Collingwood Magpies V Queensland Firebirds Round 2 Saturday 4 May 2019, Brisbane QSNC
The Magpies applied good pressure from the first centre pass forcing the ball out of court. Kelsey Browne sent her lightning feeds into the goal circle to the surprise of Shimona Nelson. April Brandley was good in defence tipping the ball with her work cut out for her. Nat Medhurst copped a nasty elbow to the face and had to leave the court with the blood rule and have 3 or 4 stitches to her lip. She was replaced by Gabi Sinclair who slotted in nicely with a quick goal. Kelsey Browne’s great vision and balance saw her clocking up 4 goal assists early in the quarter. The Collingwood defence struggled with a possible lack of communication and not a single call against the shooters for obstruction or contact. The Firebirds led at the first break by 2 goals and earned the bonus point.
The second quarter started with Nevins (Firebirds) on the bench for giving away too many penalties, most of those contact. Nat Medhurst returned to the court patched up and sunk a couple of quick goals. The Magpies didn’t find their rhythm and play was a little disjointed with what looked like a lack of communication outside the circle and Shimona Nelson being beaten in the circle by the Goal Defence. The Firebirds led at the half time break by 8 goals and earned their second bonus point.
Both teams started the third quarter hard with Ash Brazill taking an inspirational intercept, turning the ball over and starting the Pies comeback. The Pies scored 4 goals in quick succession. Gabi Simpson (Firebirds) and Kelsey Brown were a good match and gave spectators some great netball to watch. Collingwood started to settle into their own style of game with more relaxed play that saw them peg the score back to a single points difference. Meanwhile Gretel Tippett drew the ire of the umpire by arguing every call. By the end of the 3rd quarter 3 Firebirds players had been cautioned. The Pies trailed by a point at the final break and picked up the bonus point.
The final quarter saw Collingwood apply intense pressure and Ash Brazill was at her athletic best taking another intercept from around the outside of the circle. Liz Ellis, commentator, loved it and commented on how difficult an intercept it was to take. The Pies were really spurred on and levelled the score with 10 minutes to go. Collingwood then took the lead by a point and it became a goal for goal game. At the final siren it was a draw.
Final score Pies 57 Lightning 57 A Draw
Player of the match Kim Jenner, Firebirds
The Pies started well and were competitive but did not settle in to their own game early enough. Shimona Nelson needs to work out her opponents faster and not just start with a hold behind and go for the lob. God knows we see this move week in and week out and any defender worth their salt will eventually pick it off, which is precisely what happened. She is improving each week and for such a young player and can really deliver the goods when uses her body and doesn’t default to trying to get a lob over the back. Sure, sometimes it works but the key is, adjust your play and make the defenders work harder and keep the ball away from them.
The umpiring was not up to standard for such a physical game with soft contacts being called mid court and no calls for full contact by the Firebird shooters in the goal circle. The shoving and elbows seemed to go unnoticed and where is the umpires’ vision in seeing that the shooters are changing the line of their body when they contact and push off the defenders? And while we are on it, that elbow on Nat Medhurst was somehow missed. Need I say it was more than “reckless”. Poor April Brandley couldn’t buy a call if she all the money in the world and Nevins (Firebirds) thought it was a free for all and took out Ash Brazill with a cork thigh, and contacted her way up and down the court with what could have been at least 3 or 4 calls Collingwood’s way. The umpiring was wildly inconsistent and encouraged the deterioration of the game. When the umpiring is good it goes unnoticed and the game flows, but inconsistency and lack of vision distract spectators and provoke players. The latter was the case in this game.
However, it was really good to see the Pies settle down into their own game and fight their way back even if it was a draw. This new look team is still getting used to each other and will only improve with each week. Despite the slow start, Collingwood showed a determination that winning sides have, are on the right track for finals and 3rd on the ladder. Bring on the Giants. Go Pies!
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