Adelaide beat Queensland in netball
Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:25a.m.
Carla Borrego shot a perfect 35 goals from 35 attempts as the Adelaide Thunderbirds halted their slide with a 54-49 win over defending champions Queensland Firebirds in the trans-Tasman netball championship.
Restored to goal-shooter after playing goal attack last week, Borrego came up trumps and goal attack Erin Bell added 19 from 21 for the Thunderbirds who put back-to-back losses behind them.
The Firebirds went in on a five-match winning streak after losing their first four games but could not match the desperate home team's passion and commitment despite racing out to an early lead.
Thunderbirds goalkeeper Sharni Layton belied her 9cm height disadvantage to beanpole Firebirds shooter Romelda Aiken to haul in vital intercept ball as her team reeled in the deficit to trail just 13-12 after the first quarter.
The Thunderbirds turned up the heat in the second quarter forcing the visitors into several team changes as they scored six unanswered goals to lead 28-24 at halftime.
Still searching for their right combination, Chelsea Pitman returned at wing attack for the Firebirds for the second half while Shannon Eagland was introduced at wing defence for Keirra Trompf.
It paid dividends for the visitors who held a narrow edge through the third stanza and trailed 38-35 at the last change.
But the Thunderbirds remained composed and their near-perfect shooting ensured they held on for the victory.
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