Lenize Potgeiter reaches for the ball against the Giants

Lenize Potgeiter reaches for the ball against the Giants. Credit: Twitter/Suncorp Super Netball

The Adelaide Thunderbirds could not repeat their heroics, going down to the Giants by 16 goals in Round 8 of Suncorp Super Netball.

The Adelaide Thunderbirds were coming off a strong win against the Swifts last week, and were hoping to grow it into a three game winning streak.

What eventuated was an indication that the bye is coming for a good time for the Thunderbirds, as they will take the week off to regroup.

Shamera Sterling was not able to repeat her heroics from last week, as the Giants relentlessly drove away from the post, and prevented any high feeds for Sterling to pick off.

“Shamera was pretty serviceable… To keep the Giants to 57 goals is pretty good, we just weren’t able to score up our end” Obst said.

“Our defence end did fairly well against a fairly potent Giants attack.

“We were a little bit bewildered when we first came out, I don’t know what was going on, it was like we weren’t prepared for the physicality of the Giants, but we just couldn’t get our flow on the attacking end.”

The Thunderbirds struggled to move the ball across the transverse line into the attacking third in particular, with April Brandley having a day out.

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“We want ball through the ring early, and we were unable to do that. They had done their homework on our ability and disrupted our flow through there, and we were unable to respond” Obst explained.

Lenize Potgieter and Georgie Horjus struggled to get in sync, after last week’s dominant performance. The Giants defence stifled the Thunderbirds, who shot poorly at goal, and struggled to maintain possession.

“Our timing was a little out. They were slowing the ball up to us, and we weren’t able to adjust to that, and when we did,” Obst said.

“When we were able to work through and shorten up our game a bit, we were able to get the ball up through.”

Despite Obst ringing the rolling substitutions, the Thunderbirds never got into a rhythm, with Sterling finding some interceptions. It was in vain though, as the Giants ran out the convincing winners.

“At half time, their centre pass conversion was lower than ours. They were able to convert off their turnovers and we weren’t. That was the biggest difference. We scored off five of our 16 turnovers…”

The Thunderbirds also struggled with 65 turnovers, preventing any build-up of momentum or fluid play all afternoon. The Thunderbirds will take the bye week and regroup for the back half of the season.

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