18/04/2024

Sarah Klau defends Shimona Nelson under the post. (Photo: Super Netball)

Shimona Nelson has carried the Collingwood Magpies to a seven goal win over the NSW Swifts at Nissan Arena on Tuesday afternoon.

Shimona Nelson has carried the Collingwood Magpies to a seven goal win over the NSW Swifts at Nissan Arena on Tuesday afternoon.

Nelson shot a total of 69 goals, earning herself a new personal match record and the Nissan Player of the Match.

Swifts assistant coach Bec Bulley rose to the challenge in the absence of Briony Akle, who remains in isolation in Adelaide after being identified as a close contact of a tier one exposure site in Melbourne.

The Magpies capitalised off of the Swifts’ errors in the opening minutes and continued to build on their momentum throughout the game.

Collingwood coach Nicole Richardson said she’s proud of the whole team for their performance and hopes to carry the emotions from today’s win into the Firebirds game on Thursday.

“The brand that the girls put out there is the brand that we’ve been trying to get across the season and to do that against a team like the Swifts, who I rate as a quality opposition was really pleasing,” Richardson told media post-game.

“I guess the one positive about the short turnaround is that we get to play on Thursday and carry that momentum with us.”

The Firebirds will have a home crowd advantage on Thursday, but with only a day between games the Magpies will look to continue continue their path to fourth place.

“The brand of netball that the girls put out [this afternoon], I can’t wait to see what they can do on Thursday,” Richardson said.

“It was great that we could really show that support for Kelsey in such a big game for us today.”

Sophie Garbin works under Mentor’s pressure. (Photo: NSW Swifts/Twitter)

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Nelson’s triumph today demonstrates that the Magpies have the grit to defeat top-of-the-table contenders like the Swifts.

“Shimona is still such a raw talent, I think she could be a superstar,” Richardson said.

“I think for Shimona, her next step is to find that consistency in her game.

“Her performance today doesn’t surprise me because I’ve got that faith and belief that that’s what she can put out consistently.

“The sky is the limit for Shimona, she’s still very raw and has a lot of things we can continue to work on and I’m hoping that’s the start of something special.”

Shimona Nelson grasps the ball with her fingertips. (Photo: Super Netball)

Swifts assistant coach Bec Bulley debuted as head coach today keeping calm whilst instructing the Swifts on how to shut down the Magpies attack.

Unfortunately, this loss for the Swifts doesn’t help their ladder contention after losing to the Giants by four in round 11.

With no news on when Akle will make her way to the Queensland, Bulley has stepped up to the role of head coach temporarily, relying on the leadership of senior players to lift the team as they approach finals.

Although it may seem like a disastrous day for the Swifts; the last time the Magpies served them a loss, they went on to win the premiership.

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