GIANTS Netball is ready to overcome its finals fortunes and make it an all-New South Wales Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final when it takes on West Coast Fever on Saturday.
GIANTS went down by a goal to NSW Swifts last week in a thriller as a number of players new to the finals cauldron stepped out onto the court.
Giants midcourter Jamie-Lee Price, who has been a key factor to the success on the court, said how the experience of last week could pay dividends against a red-hot Fever side.
“It’s all about experience and I think we’ve definitely experienced a lot of different situations this season and we’ve handled it pretty well,” she said.
“That game was perfect for us. It was a close, very close game and we’ve looked at that game and discussed what we could have done better and need to change for this week.
“We lost by one goal last week and we had a really bad start so really proud of how the girls came out after that first quarter and fought really hard to get back into the game. It’s just knowing that you’re going to be nervous but just going out there and not putting too much pressure on yourself just doing everything that you normally do to prepare for a normal week
“Coming out and knowing we need to have a really strong start for this weekend is really important for us especially against the Fever cause they’re such a strong side.”
The sides have so far played twice this season, with GIANTS and Fever both winning one game each.
It has been a storied rivalry over the past few years, with GIANTS taking the win in three of the last five matches these clubs have played.
That includes Round 14’s two-goal win to decide the minor premiership.
GIANTS coach Julie Fitzgerald spoke to the media about the rivalry between the two teams and the tough encounter set for Saturday on the Sunshine Coast.
“I just think we match up on each other quite well. We’ve obviously played each other quite a lot of times and We know the game of each other, there’s a familiarity there that allows us to have great matchups all over the court,” she said.
“Definitely, you’ve got to look back at that game [in round 14] and be happy that we got on top and that we were able to win it.
“Having said that, we know that finals are different and this game will be different. We’ve got to be on the ball again.”
While GIANTS remain positive on the court, they hope to bring some positivity to the legions of fans back home in lockdown – by earning an all-New South Wales grand final.
“It would be a wonderful thing for Netball and NSW, they’ve supported us all the way through this. All our fans in Sydney and NSW are in very very difficult circumstances. To be able to come up with an all-Sydney grand final would be amazing,” Fitzgerald.
“I give full credit to our senior players. They give enormous advice to our junior players or our younger less-experienced players. They’ve led them all the way and they’ll continue to lead them as we go through finals.”
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