Swifts move into netball top four
Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:32a.m.
The NSW Swifts have moved into the trans-Tasman netball competition top four with a thrilling 51-49 victory over the West Coast Fever at Challenge Stadium.
The Swifts had to do it the hard way but, in the end, the two-goal victory moves them to a 7-3 record for the season and into fourth position ahead of the Queensland Firebirds (6-5).
It was more heartbreak for the Fever, though, who have just two wins from 10 games in a season that promised so much after the pre-season signing of Catherine Cox and coach Norma Plummer.
The Swifts started well, opening a 16-12 advantage in the first quarter, but the Fever turned that around with 13 goals to eight in the second to lead by a goal at halftime.
The Fever then opened up a handy third-quarter advantage and still led by four going into the final period, but the Swifts were not about to go away with their finals' hopes needing a win over a side out of contention.
The Fever still led 49-48 heading into the last two minutes, but it was Amorette Wild who scored the last three goals of the game for the Swifts in front of a boisterous Fever home crowd.
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