Pretty Black and White Wrap Up Collingwood Magpies V West Coast Fever Round 5 Saturday 24 May 2019, Bendigo
Fever started with the first centre pass and goaled very quickly. Nat Medhurst replied with a goal and a bit of a “take that” to Fever. All four goalers scored in the first few minutes and Fever started turning over the ball. They did underestimate just how dangerous Medhurst could be, especially with her front cut into the circle. The Magpies played with great speed and vision and Brandley picked off the ball in the circle. The team transitioned well into attack and Nelson scored. Collingwood handed out some good defence and Fever had a held ball on a centre pass. During the Fever time out, Medhurst encouraged the defenders to get their angles right and they would get the ball against Fowler (Fever). Browne was her efficient self and managed to thread the eye of the needle in to Medhurst for a goal. The Magpies had a time out around the two-minute mark but didn’t managed to lessen the difference in the score. Fever took the first bonus point and led by 4 goals at the first break.
The second quarter started with a new plan of attack from the Magpies. They forced the Fever defenders high and scored 2 quick goals. This translated further down the court as the Fever really felt the Pies defensive pressure. Geva Mentor and April Brandley hardly knew themselves when they got the calls for the Fever shooter elbowing them in the back. Bruce (Fever) was effective in defence and a headache for Nelson. Fever called a time out at the 9-minute mark and Collingwood led by a point. The Magpies went from 33% to 77% for possession in the first few minutes of the quarter. Fever were told by their coach that they were too passive and not providing strong targets. Brazill was brilliant in defence and had a massive work rate. Nelson was giving away a few too many possessions by moving off too early and playing behind. Collingwood had a patient game and continued to peg back the Fever. The Magpies earned the bonus point and trailed by 2 points at half time.
The Pies started the third quarter with Nelson playing in front making the feeds easier. April Brandley was benched for the 3rd quarter. The Magpies began trying to force the ball into the circle and Bruce (Fever), who was in fine form, picked it off each time. The Magpies called a time out and trailed by 6 points. During the time out, Browne tells Nelson to hold strong and she will get the ball to her. Upon restart Collingwood apply a lot of defensive pressure in the Fever attack end causing players to over cook the passes. At this stage Collingwood have 16 turnovers to the Fever’s 15. Ash Brazill intercepted a Fever centre pass and Collingwood continued to claw back the goals. They scored 4 goals to 1. Nelson was stronger in the body. Fever called a time out and Collingwood scored upon the resumption of the game and really put the foot down against Fever. The Magpies trailed by 2 goals at the final break.
The fourth quarter started with Brazill turning over the Fever centre pass, but it was turned over again by Fever and they scored. Brandley was still on the bench and her replacement, Garrett, passed straight to the opposition. She also was not driving down the court which added pressure to the Pies game. The coaching staff eventually decided to put Brandley back on with 9 minutes to go. Brandley made the difference in defence and Nelson did some shooting from a distance. Medhurst threw a bomb in from the centre third to Nelson and she scored. At this stage Fever began to panic and gave away a lot of penalties; 50 Fever 40 Magpies. Fever were up a goal and called a time out. Bruce was getting a massage on her cramping calves and Collingwood were eager to maintain their momentum. Mentor finally won the ball over the giant Fowler (Fever) and Nelson began to miss her shots under pressure. Fever won the game by 2 goals.
Final score Magpies 61 Fever 63 Fever by 2 points
Player of the match Jhanielle Fowler, Fever
Collingwood had some good moments and some very disorganised and messy netball but largely managed to get the job done. I’m not sure what happened in the last five minutes of play but there was definitely confusion and probably some fatigue. They played better when they used all the channels and there were at least two options. Nelson was good at times and I’m sure will get used to playing under pressure, but she is improving against some very experienced and talented defenders.
This is the second week in a row that I would question the decision of the coaching staff by taking Brandley off to give another player court time. Again, I understand that all players need court time, but I don’t think this helped Collingwood and probably cost them the win … again. The umpires did quite a good job this week and picked up the elbow in the back from the shooters on the defenders and were consistent. Sure, they missed a few things, but I think it went both ways. Looking forward to next week’s game against the Swifts. Go Pies!
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