Suncorp Super Netball

Suncorp Super Netball Round 11 Preview

While it has been less than seven days since the last Suncorp Super Netball match was played, you might be forgiven in thinking it had been 18 months.

After a week of last-minute border dashes, establishment of an Adelaide Super Hub, key personnel being grounded due to flight cancellations, Queensland borders closing and even a second dash to Perth – this week has been chaotic.

However, against the odds – we have three games of Suncorp Super Netball and you better believe it is DERBY ROUND!

Battle of Melbourne

Did you know the last time Melbourne Vixens took on Collingwood Magpies in Melbourne was when the two faced in the 2019 finals series at Parkville?

Since then, they’ve had Battles of Melbourne in Queensland and New South Wales, now it is off to Adelaide.

Back in Round 7 at Ken Roswell Arena in Sydney, Magpies prevailed 67-51 – but a lot has changed since then.

Vixens found form with a stunning victory over Sunshine Coast Lightning recently, while Magpies continue to build – almost under the radar – with Coach Nicole Richardson blessed with one of the most versatile midcourts.

Expect this one to be a fierce clash as every player looks to put their best foot forward while Victoria watches back home.

When: Saturday 17 July – 1pm AEST
Watch: Channel 9 and Netball Live Official App
Umpires: Kate Wright and Andrea Booth

Top four New South Wales derby key to ladder

New South Swifts, who sit atop the Suncorp Super Netball ladder, do battle with third-placed GIANTS, who are looking to return to the same form that saw rack up victories, in a mouth-watering NSW derby.

The GIANTS sit one win behind Swifts on the ladder and have seemingly found their groove after cruising to a victory over Collingwood in Melbourne last week.

The key player for the match will be Sam Wallace, the dominant Swifts shooter.

The last time these two played she shot 58/58 goals – a whopping 100 per cent accuracy.

She helped Swifts home to their fourth win over GIANTS in a row – not including a draw in 2020.

When: Saturday 17 July – 3pm AEST
Watch: Channel 9 and Netball Live Official App
Umpires: Bronwen Adams and Justin Barnes

Adelaide leave Adelaide-Hub to take on West Coast

The strangest stat from this week has to be the Adelaide Thunderbirds’ mad dash to Perth to ensure the game at RAC Arena, Perth can go ahead.

West Coast Fever is coming off the back of two shock losses, in a row, something that is not often said in the same sentence as the Green Army.

This also looks set to be Stacey Marinkovich’s farewell as she quits the role to become a full-time Australian Diamonds head coach.

In six out of the nine matchups these clubs have played since 2017, Fever took the win.

Despite this, three of the past five clashes have been decided by just one goal – and Thunderbirds won two of them.

The South Australians have hit form and could bring the bottom four into finals contention with just a handful of matches left and everybody fighting for Fever’s fourth position.

When: Saturday 17 July – 8pm AEST
Watch: Telstra TV and Netball Live Official App
Umpires: Georgina Sulley-Beales and Bec Ferguson

Queensland Derby

Queensland Firebirds and Sunshine Coast Lightning players and support staff were meant to head to Adelaide, instead they were locked out.

So, the Queenslanders will do battle at home in what could be the final appearance in home soil in 2021 for the clubs.

Back in round 6, the Firebirds upset the Lightning by 9-points as Kim Ravaillion was the Player of the Match.

A win here would just about cement a top-two spot for the Lightning come finals

If the Firebirds lose this one, that’s likely to be their season done.

It will be a tense clash with literally everyone on the line.

Nissan Arena, Brisbane
When: Monday 19 July – 7pm AEST
Watch: Telstra TV and Netball Live Official App
Umpires: Tim Marshall and Nathan Begley

Categories: Suncorp Super Netball

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