Swifts HQ: Friday 7 March

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

The NSW Swifts started off the week on the right note, claiming a three-goal victory over the West Coast Fever in their opening match of the 2014 ANZ Championship.

After being down by as many as seven goals in the second quarter, the NSW Swifts regathered for the second half – powered on by a vocal home crowd at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre – to win 54-51.

Goal Attack Susan Pratley was named Match MVP, with Head Coach Rob Wright saying ‘it was the Pratley of old’ on display against a dogged Fever defence.

“I feel like we saw [Susan] Pratley of old today; that creativity, that movement combined with [Caitlin] Thwaites, who is obviously just a great shooting target in the circle. And those defensive combinations … grew across the game.”
Read the full match report here…

The Club caught up with a few Swifts’ favourites while signing autographs at the end of the game to hear their thoughts on the win.  Pratley was “just happy for a win really”, while 2014 recruit Sharni Layton was ecstatic to make her Swifts debut against her Australian Diamonds teammates in front of home fans.

“I’ve played against ‘CBass’ [Caitlin Bassett] the last couple of years.  Her, as well as Natalie Medhurst, are always a really hard task and I think they’re really building on their combination.  But in saying that I’m really glad we got them in the first round – I think they’re a really hard hit-out and today shows the quality of games we will see in the 2014 ANZ Championship.”
Read the full story here…

With their first win under their belts the NSW Swifts are ‘Back to Business’ preparing to travel to New Zealand to take on the Mainland Tactix in Round 2 at CBS Canterbury Arena.

History shows the NSW Swifts have found the trip to Christchurch a tough contest, which is something that remains in the back of Wright’s mind.

“The two times that I’ve been to Christchurch (2010 and 2012) to play we went to Extra Time in one and we lost the other… they’re incredibly tough to beat on their home court and we are going to have to be absolutely ready when we play them,” Wright said.
Read the full story for Broadcast details here…

And while the NSW Swifts will be on the road over the next two rounds – taking on Tactix this weekend before meeting 2013 Champions the Adelaide Thunderbirds at Netball SA Stadium on Monday 17 March – home is always in the back of their mind!

The NSW Swifts share with fans their favourite spots in NSW in the latest edition of ‘In the Huddle’!
Watch the video here…