Collingwood Magpies score 67-59 Super Netball win over Queensland Firebirds

The Collingwood Magpies have put their Super Netball season back on track with a 67-59 upset win over the Queensland Firebirds.

After a tight opening term in Brisbane, the Magpies — who now hold a 2-4 win-loss record — created separation in the second quarter, before responding to a second-half rally from the Firebirds (3-3) in emphatic fashion.

Molly Jovic (35 feeds, 12 assists) and Kelsey Browne (52, 28) ran the Firebirds’ mid-court ragged all afternoon, while Shimona Nelson (54 goals) presented powerfully in attack.

Jovic had Firebirds centre Kim Ravaillion’s measure from the outset and Nelson got the scoreboard moving.

The Magpies stretched their 18-16 quarter-time lead to 37-31 at half-time, thanks chiefly to Jovic’s brilliance.

Ravaillion lifted in the third term, spearheading Queensland’s brief rearguard.

Gretel Bueta and Donnell Wallam caught fire in the Firebirds’ shooting circle and Ruby Bakewell-Doran began having an influence at goal defence, cutting the margin to 51-48 at three-quarter-time.

Collingwood responded with the first four goals of the fourth term, while the defensive smarts of Magpies co-captains Ash Brazill and Geva Mentor put a stranglehold on the home side.

Nelson uncharacteristically missed a couple of sitters but with Jovic and Browne continuing to dictate with their playmaking in the middle, the heavily-fancied Firebirds were left with too much to do.


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