28/05/2024

Georgie Horjus is ready for first Finals series. (Image: Suncorp Super Netball website)

Adelaide Thunderbirds wing attack Georgie Horjus is nervous but excited for her first Suncorp Super Netball final on Saturday night.

Failing to reach the finals in her first three seasons at the club, it has been a while since Horjus has played postseason netball. Although she said that the team support this week has prepared her for this clash.

“I haven’t played finals for a long time, so it’s a bit nerve-racking, but we’re all super excited for it and we’ve all come together really nicely this week, and keen to get out there on Saturday night,” Horjus said.

The Thunderbirds haven’t taken part in a finals series since they won the premiership in 2013, with goal defence Matilda Garrett the only player on the list to have previously played in a final.

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Despite this, the 2021 Club Champion said that the team are using their lack of experience to their advantage.

“I think it’s super important [that] we can have those conversations with each other about how nervous we are and stuff like that,” she said. 

“But I think we all know that it’s really good to be nervous and we’re just really excited to get out there.” 

In order to make its 11th Grand Final, Adelaide must defeat the New South Wales Swifts for the second consecutive week. Horjus said that while they will try to replicate what they did in the three-point win, they need to be cleaner with the ball this time around.

“Same focuses [as last weekend], sticking to structure, but I guess fixing up those little things that we did wrong in the game,” she said.

“[We need to] try to lower the turnovers a bit because we got plenty of ball in defence.” 

The Thunderbirds and the Swifts will face off at Qudos Bank Arena on Saturday 24 June at 7 pm AEST.  

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