30/05/2024

NSW Swifts Maddy Turner. Photo Credit: NSW Swifts

A loss for the NSW Swifts to a Diamonds stacked Sunshine Coast Lightning was just what the Swifts needed to restart their Super Netball campaign.

The Swifts were the 2023 runners up and knew it was going to be a tough opening round against the Lightning, what they didn’t expect though was a 16-goal loss.

Swifts defender Maddy Turner was up against the tough challenge of recently Diamonds retired Steph Fretwell, but Turner wants to place the pressure on early to not have to rely on the super shot.

“The scoreboard pressure at the end definitely made that score blow out unfortunately,” she said.

“I thought if we could keep it within five or six with the super shot time — but again we don’t want to be that team that just relies on that, we want to be up in that 10 minutes and blow the score out like what they (Lightning) did to us so that’s out goal going into this week.”

The majority of the Swifts core group were a part of their three grand final appearances in the last five years, winning two premierships in the process.

The experienced Swifts lineup will face the newly formed Melbourne Mavericks this weekend and Turner is ready for the difficult battle against stalwart Eleanor Cardwell, flashing back to last year’s grand final.

“Eleanor’s great because she can play both [shooting] positions and she brings something different to what a traditional goal attack maybe would,” Turner said.

“She’s got great range of shooting, really got to put her off her shot early which is hard to do.

“I feel like putting the pressure on her and making those feeds hard is probably more about how she gets the ball in the circle then we can really put the heat on her.”

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It will be a head turner of a game for the Swifts with all Mavericks shooters able to put up the long goals for the super shot, putting the scoreboard pressure on.

“It’s a good day to be a defender against them (Mavericks), you have to be ready for all their arsenal power, especially during that super shot time,” Turner said.

“But I feel like we’ve got a similar arsenal with us with Soph, Helen and Sam all over to shoot the twos as well or ones wherever they are, wherever they land I trust them to put it through the net.”

Tayla Fraser will return to Sydney, but this time wearing the light blue dress. The midcourter was part of the Swifts program from 2019 to 2023 where she was part of both premierships.

The Swifts defeated the Mavericks in the recent Team Girls Cup by three-goals, in which the hosts eventually held the trophy in front of their home crowd.

The NSW Swifts will host the Melbourne Mavericks at Ken Rosewell Arena on Sunday at 4pm.

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