Sophie Dwyer in action for Giants

Sophie Dwyer shot four supershots in the final term, but the Giants fell to the Queensland Firebirds by 11 goals. Photo: Giants Netball.

The Giants have been burned by the Queensland Firebirds, in an 11 goal loss, all the while closing in on a fortnight in quarantine.

The Giants have been burned by the Queensland Firebirds, in an 11 goal loss, all the while closing in on a fortnight in quarantine.

It was a “very disappointing” performance by the Giants, who struggled from the opening centre pass to get their game going.

Post-match, Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald was not pleased.

“We got off to a really bad start, and then the harder we tried, the worse we got,” Fitzgerald said.

“We certainly didn’t play the type of netball we came here and wanted to play.

“We’ll really have to put some hard yards in on the training court to make sure we don’t play like that again.”

The Giants finally got on the board four minutes into the match through Dwyer but were unable to work their way into the match. A five-goal deficit turned into a 13-goal deficit by the end of the third.

Fitzgerald made some positional changes throughout the game. She swapped Kristiana Manu’a in for April Brandley, and also moved Jamie-Lee Price out of the centre.

“I think Kris and April bring different things, so we got the benefit of both of those, depending on who was on the Court,” Fitzgerald said.

“Amy (Parmenter) and Jamie-Lee was probably a good change at the time – Jamie-Lee was getting frustrated and she was trying too hard to pick her game up.

“So to let her sit back and let Amy have a run in the middle probably worked for us.”.

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The Giants made 28 general play turnovers and were burned by the Firebirds. They looked a little tired, failing to present strong leads and lacking speed on transition.

While it’s “not an excuse” limited training time together has certainly impacted the team’s ability to prepare.

“We’ve had two sessions in nearly three weeks, so obviously that affects your timing and everything,” Fitzgerald said.

“I did think that we had got two sessions in before this game and I thought we’d be able to play better than that.

“I think we just settle in for another week. We know where we are training, and we can know what we’re doing. So I think we just settle in for the week and do as much preparation as we can for our next game.”

The team pulled the margin back in late in the game. Sophie Dwyer and Jo Harten accurately shot five supershots between them to reduce the loss to 11 goals.

“We definitely wanted to bring the margin back, and we knew that was the position we would end up in that five minutes,” Fitzgerald said

“Thankfully they put them up quite well today.”

The Giants will assess their options ahead of Round 10, due to current quarantine requirements. However, will likely remain in Melbourne to face the Collingwood Magpies.

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