Swifts HQ: Friday 21 March

In SwiftsHQ we bring you the week that was for the NSW Swifts…

The NSW Swifts had hearts racing at the start of this week, with a nail-biting one-goal loss to defending Champions the Adelaide Thunderbirds at Netball SA Stadium.

It was a courageous effort from the Swifts who lost midcourters Brooke Miller and Taylah Davies early in the match, coming back from six goals down – not once, but twice – to be beaten by the buzzer for their first loss of the season.

Although admitting “a one goal loss was harder than if it was two goals”, Head Coach Rob Wright was full of praise of his playing group.

“It was a great effort from the girls – to get within one goal, where I think twice we were down by six and to lose two midcourters early, was a real testament to our never-say-die attitude.  It was a gutsy performance from everyone today.”
Read the full match report here…

Sad news was announced during the week with confirmation Taylah Davies had ruptured her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) during her ANZ Championship debut during Monday night’s game.  The 19-year-old was brought in as a replacement for injured midcourter Paige Hadley, who ruptured her ACL two weeks earlier.

While Hadley is recovering from surgery and beginning the long rehabilitation process, Davies will continue to work with the Club’s medical staff until surgery can be scheduled soon.
Read the full story here…

The Club caught up with a few Swifts’ favourites while signing autographs at the end of Monday’s game at Netball SA Stadium to hear their thoughts on the win.  While Susan Pratley was so proud of her teammates “fighting spirit”, defender Sonia Mkoloma said she never gave up hope the Swifts could take out the win.

“We just kept going, we knew it was going to be a hard job.  Myself and April [Letton] just fought.  Towards the end, especially in that last quarter, we got some ball back and that’s what we wanted to do.  They were missing a few more shots, but we just wanted to disrupt their play and I think we did a good job at that and working together.”
Read the full story here…

After two weeks on the road the Swifts are BACK at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre this Sunday 23 March to take on the Queensland Firebirds in front of the RED ZONE.

With Australian Diamonds across the court, and 196cm Jamaican goal shooter Romelda Aiken a target for them up front, Wright is expecting another exciting match with our northern border rivals.

“I thought their win over the Vixens was an outstanding effort … and I would expect a similar game to what we had [against the Thunderbirds].  Another great one for the fans, and another great one for the players and coaching staff,”
Read the full story for Broadcast details here…

And while the NSW Swifts have been on the road the last two weeks, the team has had plenty of time to get to know one another … perhaps with a little help from Google?

The NSW Swifts share with fans who they think is the most likely to Google themselves in the latest edition of ‘In the Huddle’!
Watch the video here…