21/04/2024

Collingwood Magpies in Tasmania early this year. (Photo: www.collingwoodmagpies.com.au)

After a nail-biter against the Thunderbirds, the Collingwood Magpies are looking at back to back wins over the Firebirds in Tasmania.

The Collingwood Magpies are on a high after the nail biting win over the Adelaide Thunderbirds. They’re looking to make it two wins from two games at their home away from home in Tasmania.

Collingwood captain Geva Mentor spoke to the media prior to her side’s clash with the Queensland Firebirds on Saturday.

The Collingwood and Tasmanian partnership has been running since the Magpies inception in the competition in 2017.

“It’s so great for us, I think the last time we were here was in 2019 and it was a real crucial game for us and had a really good win over the Swifts,” she said.

“For us it’s a longstanding partnership with Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government to be able to bring elite netball here and deliver community clinics as well, which we got to do in Hobart earlier this year. I’m pretty excited to be back in [Launceston].

“Hopefully there is a good crowd tomorrow when we play the Firebirds at 3pm, and hopefully the crowd will be back later on in the season because we’ll certainty need that going into finals.”

It’s set to be a tough battle with the Firebirds having a lot of firepower in their line up, but for the Magpies it’s all about focusing on their game.

“It will be a tough game, they’re in some good form and they have the firepower in Romelda Aiken and Gretel Bueta in the attack end,” Mentor said.

“For us it will be focusing what we need to do, making sure we cut down on our error rate, making sure we capitalise on the ball that we do get and really play some aggressive netball.

“They’re a quite physical team, so we need to stand our ground and not get pushed over.

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“Romelda and Gretel pose an interesting attack line. They’re very aerial, they’re very strong to the post and they can also shoot those two pointers it will be a challenge for us in defence.

“The important thing is it’s not just about the two in the circle but the pressure we build out in front.

“So for us the challenge is definitely there, it’s definitely a very doable game and it’s important we stick to our structures.”

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