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Super Netball Round Two wrap up

The opening round of Super Netball was always going to provide plenty of discussion points, with the whole competition playing out of a Queensland hub and with a slew of rule changes plus a whole stack of derbies to get the season off to a thrilling start. 

Mwai Kumwenda of the Vixens in action during the Super Netball round two match between the Queensland Firebirds and the Melbourne Vixens at Nissan Arena, Brisbane,, Saturday, August 8, 2020. (AAP Image/Albert Perez)
Mwai Kumwenda of the Vixens in action during the Round 2 Super Netball match between the Queensland Firebirds and the Melbourne Vixens at Nissan Arena, Brisbane,, Saturday, August 8, 2020. (AAP Image/Albert Perez)

As Erin Delahunty wrote, recent rule changes—notably the two goal shot—raise some red flags, particularly around international competition. But, in positive news, ‘last weekend, 85 players got minutes – that is more than were on lists last season. Being stress-tested in the best league can only be good for development.’

Broadcast break 

Not as positive was the break in the broadcast of the Swifts game against the Giants. With the Swifts leading by two goals and with only 13 minutes on the clock, the broadcast cut to the Victorian Premier’s press conference. 

As Megan Maurice wrote, while the press conference was important, that Channel 9 didn’t return to the match, or provide any update during the NRL pre-game show that followed the press conference, speaks to bigger issues around the coverage of women’s sport. 

‘The issue facing netball – and other women’s sports – is that small decisions like this demonstrate the priorities of broadcasters and media outlets. It all adds up and can act as a barrier to broadening the audience,’ Megan wrote. 

GIANTS Netball vs Adelaide Thunderbirds, Saturday August 8th @ Nissan Arena, Brisbane

GIANTS Netball – 51
Adelaide Thunderbirds – 59

Score breakdown

Q1: GIANTS 19 v Thunderbirds 14
Q2: GIANTS 8 v Thunderbirds 19
Q3: GIANTS 12 v Thunderbirds 12
Q4: GIANTS 12 v Thunderbirds 14

Player of The Match

Kate Shimmin (Adelaide Thunderbirds)

GIANTS shooting statistics: 43/68 (63%)

Caitlin Bassett – G1 – 12/15 (80%) G2 – 0/1 (0%), total points 12
Jo Harten – G1 – 14/17 (82%) G2 – 6/13 (46%), total points 26
Kiera Austin – G1 – 9/14 (64%) G2 – 2/9 (22%), total points 13

Thunderbirds shooting statistics: 55/64 (86%)

Lenize Potgieter – G1 – 42/44 (95%) G2 – 1/1 (100%), total points 44
Georgie Horjus – G1 – 9/11 (82%) G2 – 3/5 (60%), total points 15
Samantha Gooden – G1 – 0/0 (0%) G2 – 0/3 (0%), total points 0

GIANTS starting seven

GS – Caitlin Bassett GA – Jo Harten WA – Kiera Austin C – Jamie-Lee Price WD – Amy Parmenter GD – Kristiana Manu’a GK – Sam Poolman

Thunderbirds starting seven

GS – Lenize Potgieter GA – Georgie Horjus WA – Chelsea Pitman C – Maisie Nankivell WD – Shadine Van Der Merwe GD – Kate Shimmin GK – Shamera Sterling

Queensland Firebirds vs Melbourne Vixens, Saturday August 8th @ Nissan Arena, Brisbane

Queensland Firebirds – 50
Melbourne Vixens – 78

Score breakdown

Q1: Firebirds 13  v Vixens 16
Q2: Firebirds 8 v Vixens 22
Q3: Firebirds 11 v Vixens 19
Q4: Firebirds 18 v Vixens 21

Player of The Match

Liz Watson (Melbourne Vixens)

Firebirds shooting statistics: 45/64 (70%) 

Romelda Aiken – G1 – 34/41 (85%) G2 – 0/2 (0%), total points 35
Tippah Dwan – G1 – 5/6 (83%) G2 – 2/5 (40%), total points 9
Ine-Mari Venter – G1 – 0/1 (0%) G2 – 3/8 (37.5%), total points 6
Mia Stower – G1 – 0/0 (0%) G2 – 0/1 (0%), total points 0

Vixens shooting statistics: 65/77 (84%) 

Mwai Kumwenda – G1 – 20/22 (91%) G2 – 3/5 (60%), total points 26
Caitlin Thwaites – G1 – 13/13 (100%) G2 – 6/10 (60%), total points 25
Tegan Philip – G1 – 19/23 (0%) G2 – 4/4 (83%), total points 27

Firebirds starting seven

GS – Romelda Aiken GA – Kim Jenner WA – Jemma Mi Mi C – Mahalia Cassidy WD – Gabi Simpson GD – Kim Jenner GK – Rudi Ellis

Vixens starting seven

GS – Mwai Kumwenda GA – Caitlin Thwaites WA – Liz Watson C – Kate Moloney WD – Kate Eddy GD – Jo Weston GK – Emily Mannix

Related—Super Netball Round One wrap up

Sunshine Coast Lightning vs Collingwood Magpies, Sunday August 9th @ USC Stadium, Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Lightning – 51
Collingwood Magpies – 47

Score breakdown

Q1: Lightning 10 v Magpies 11
Q2: Lightning 11 v Magpies 13
Q3: Lightning 16 v Magpies 9
Q4: Lightning 14 v Magpies 14

Player of The Match

Laura Langman (Sunshine Coast Lightning)

Lightning shooting statistics: 51/68 (75%) 

Cara Koenen – G1: 38/44 (86%) G2: 0/0 (0%), total points 38
Steph Wood – G1: 5/9 (55%) G2: 0/1 (0%), total points 5
Peace Proscovia – G1: 6/9 (66%) G2: 0/1 (0%), total points 6
Binnian Hunt – G1: 2/3 (66%) G2 0/0 (0%), total points 2

Magpies shooting statistics: 44/57 (77%) 

Shimona Nelson – G1: 32/37 (86%) G2: 0/1 (0%), total points 32
Gabby Sinclair – G1: 5/8 (46%) G2: 1/5 (20%), total points 7
Nyah Allen – G1: 4/4 (100%) G2: 2/2 (100%), total points 8

Lightning starting seven

GS – Cara Koenen GA – Steph Wood WA – Laura Scherian C – Laura Langman WD – Maddy McAuliffe GD – Karla Pretorius GK – Phumza Maweni

Magpies starting seven

GS – Shimona Nelson GA – Gabby Sinclair WA – Madi Browne C – Molly Jovic WD – Melissa Bragg GD – Jodi-Ann Ward GK – Geva Mentor

NSW Swifts vs West Coast Fever, Sunday August 9th @ USC Stadium, Sunshine Coast 

NSW Swifts – 73
West Coast Fever – 72

Score breakdown

Q1: Swifts 18 v Fever 20
Q2: Swifts 15 v Fever 21
Q3: Swifts 27 v Fever 11
Q4: Swifts 13 v Fever 20

Player of The Match

Sophie Garbin (NSW Swifts)

Swifts shooting statistics: 65/82 (79%) 

Sophie Garbin – G1: 28/32 (87%), total points 28
Helen Housby – G1: 13/14 (92%) G2: 06/11 (54%), total points 19
Sam Wallace – G1: 16/20 (80%) G2: 02/05 (40%), total points 18

Fever shooting statistics: 65/74 (88%)

Jhaniele Fowler – G1: 49/51 (96%) G2 – 04/07 (57%), total points 53
Kaylia Stanton – G1: 01/01 (100%), total points 1
Alice Teague-Neeld – G1: 08/10 (80%) G2 – 03/05 (60%), total points 11

Swifts starting seven

GS – Sam Wallace GA – Helen Housby WA – Nat Haythornthwaite C – Paige Hadley WD – Sophie Craig GD – Lauren Moore GK – Sarah Klau

Fever starting seven

GS – Jhaniele Fowler GA – Alice Teague-Neeld WA – Ingrid Colyer C – Verity Charles WD – Jess Anstiss GD – Stacey Francis GK – Olivia Lewis


And lastly, last week we showed you some footage from the 1963 Netball World Cup. This week we bring you the story of the first Australian netball team to tour England in 1956. 

Thanks to the work of Netball Victoria Heritage Taskforce, you can read more about that 1956 tour on Netball Victoria’s website.

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