The Collingwood Magpies have commenced their Super Netball marketing campaign in unideal style, falling to the classier Sunshine Coast Lightning by 11 targets at John Cain Arena on Saturday evening.
The Magpies challenged the Lightning at numerous phases all through the evening, however finally lacked solutions to Sunshine Coast’s stylish ball motion.
The Lightning, who linked up by means of wing assault Laura Scherian (22 purpose assists, 30 feeds), purpose assault Steph Wood (18 targets, two Super Shots, 20 assists) and purpose shooter Cara Koenen (37 targets, one Super Shot), completed the sport strongly to run out 67-56 winners.
In an entertaining first quarter, the Magpies had been out to avenge for a 2020 season that ended with a picket spoon.
Wing assault Kelsey Browne’s tandem with purpose assault Gabrielle Sinclair was seamless, whereas Shimona Nelson positioned effectively and shot precisely to problem the Lightning early.
But on the different finish, Lightning goaler Koenen’s capturing was unblemished, scoring 13 first-quarter targets from as many makes an attempt, together with a profitable Super Shot.
Then, when Wood began including to the scoreboard herself within the second stanza, the Lightning had out of the blue constructed a wholesome lead.
The Magpies fought again within the half’s later phases, although, and had been helped by lengthy vary Super Shot scores by Gabrielle Sinclair and Kalifa McCollin, who was significantly vocal when she got here onto the courtroom for the resting Nelson.
But after getting back from a three-goal halftime deficit, the Magpies quickly surrendered their probability to declare the lead and a few slick Lightning ball motion meant they had been on the again foot as soon as once more.
Sinclair then slammed dwelling one other Super Shot to alleviate the Magpies’ third-quarter woes, giving her facet a pulse approaching the final break.
But her efforts had been swiftly riposted by Wood on the reverse finish, who landed a Super Shot double blow to prolong the Lightning’s lead again out to eight targets by the tip of the third time period.
The Lightning tightened their grip on the competition within the ultimate quarter, accelerating away from the Magpies to open their season in type.