The Giants have saved their Super Netball premiership hopes alive as their captain stole the present with some insane acrobatic feats.
The Giants have saved their Super Netball premiership hopes alive with a hardfought 55-48 win over the Collingwood Magpies within the minor semi-final on Sunday.
The Magpies acquired out to an early lead because the Giants seemed out of kinds and struggled to settle into the groove of the sudden demise remaining.
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It seemed like an upset is likely to be on the playing cards because the Magpies took a 28-25 lead into halftime.
But the Giants got here out firing within the third quarter and fought their manner again in entrance due to some dazzling passes and the Super Shot heroics of shooters Jo Harten and Sophie Dwyer.
The spotlight of the match got here when Giants midcourter Jamie-Lee Price unleashed an absolute rocket of a move to Harten, who leapt off the court docket and managed to cling on to the ball along with her outstretched hand.
Sharni Norder stated on Fox Netball: “Jamie-Lee Price rockets this ball into Jo Harten. Have a look at this.
“I know Jo can jump but I don’t know if I’ve ever seen her get this far off the ground. She is superwoman! I think she might have to get a few massages under the arm there after that.
“That was one of the big moments of the game because that was when they were like, ‘We’ve have enough, we’ve been too hesitant’ and Jamie-Lee Price said, ‘Nup, let’s get the ball in the ring’ and what a phenomenal take from captain Jo Harten.”
The Giants captain had a sensational second half, capturing an off-balance aim and getting on the tip of one other scorching move from April Brandley.
On the again of three straight Super Shots, the Giants took a 43-39 lead into three quarter time and the margin proved an excessive amount of for the Magpies to beat within the final quarter.
The Giants will now face the Melbourne Vixens in subsequent Saturday’s preliminary remaining as they attempt to maneuver a step nearer to avenging their loss in final 12 months’s Grand Final.
The winner of that conflict will face the West Coast Fever within the Grand Final in Perth, after the Fever secured a snug win over the Vixens within the main semi-final.
“I’m just so proud,” Giants captain Harten advised Fox Netball’s Pivot.
“We didn’t give up. We had a bit of a shaky first half and we couldn’t quite pull away. I was a bit disappointed at halftime, I felt like we were throwing some ball away and creating our own errors.
“But we showed that belief, we showed that true Giants grit in that second half. To come away (with a win) against a quality side like Collingwood, I’m super proud of the girls.”
Maddie Hay had an excellent recreation for the Giants and nullified star Magpies wing defence Ash Brazill.
“She’s outstanding,” Harten stated.
“Maddy is pretty much an unsung hero in our team, I absolutely love playing with her. I’ve got so much respect for her.
“She started off as a wing defence, went to centre and now she’s made wing attack her own. “Playing against Ash Braz, one of the best wing defenders in the world, completely underrated but she’s absolute glue for our team.”
Magpies captain Geva Mentor stated after the sport: “I’m absolutely shattered.
“You’ve got to be in and give it a fair crack but full credit to Jo and her Giants. I thought they played really well today and the momentum swings, they got on top and managed to capitalise.”