Giants Netball has locked in the sides first finals appearance since 2018, after a nine point win (54-45) over the Melbourne Vixens consolidated their position.
All three phases of the court were on song for the Giants, with the transition from coming out of defence to getting the ball into the circle was at its best for the season.
Star mid-courter Amy Parmenter said that that’s something the side has been working on, and that the defensive combination is finding its groove.
“It was something that we’ve been working on… having the likes of Sam [Poolman] and April [Brandley] and Jaime-Lee [Price] around me,” Parmenter said.
“I feel like every game I get out there and learn from them as well.
“It’s cool because I haven’t had that combination with April for years and in the first half of the season, I felt like it was something that we were really working on… it’s starting to gel which is really nice.”
With all the time away from home, it’s allowed for not only the Giants defensive unit, but the whole team to really bond.
“I think it’s just that trust… you’re trusting people to be a massive part of your life,” Parmenter explained.
“They almost have to become your support network because everyone else isn’t there. I feel like we have become really close and we’ve been a tight knit group for a few years now, so I think that it’s all coming to fruition like the last few games.”
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With the Giants finals spot secured, it’s hard for them not to get to ahead of themselves when it comes to going deep into the finals.
For Parmenter and her team, they’ll be using these last two home and away games to work on the fine details so they can hit their best form come finals.
“It is hard, today is a big game for us because we’ve locked ourselves in finals which is huge for me personally because since I’ve been in the team.
“I think it’s good to celebrate this milestone. I think we can have these next two games to really work on the stuff we want to work on going into finals without that pressure.
“We still want to do well on the ladder but it’s really about playing our best netball growing as much as we can in the next two weeks so we get to our top game by the time we get to finals.”
All Parmenter has been dreaming of is making finals, which she hasn’t yet done in her time at the Giants. Tonight, her wish has become a reality.
“My first year in the team it was the year where Magpies had to win every single quarter and then win the game by twelve or something and they did it,” she reminisced.
“[For[ he first time in the whole season. I was sitting at home like this can not be happening. All I wanted to do was to make finals.
“Last year I think we had a lot of obstacles, I think it was not quite right and there were things that we still had to work on and working things out, but I think this year is really special.
“I think we’ve got a really good group. It’s my birthday this weekend and all I wanted was to make finals and I feel like my birthday is just sorted now.”
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