Giants avoid ladder slide after troubling start to conquer Port

NOT even the rain could dampen the enthusiasm of the Giants as they prepared to take on – and beat – Port Adelaide at Engie Stadium.
The NSW Swifts and GWS Giants put in a fighting effort in their Suncorp Super Netball Round 10 clash at the weekend but both were narrowly defeated.
The Swifts took on West Coast Fever in Perth, going down 78-71, with Briony Akle’s troops showing plenty of resolve, contesting well for three-quarters and finishing the game with a flourish.
They may be without a win since Round 6 but the seven-time Premiers still sit only one victory outside the top-four with four rounds of the regular season to play.
Meanwhile the GWS Giants went down to the Adelaide Thunderbirds 57-42 at Ken Rosewall Arena.
All eyes were on the Giants, with their formidable coach Julie Fitzgerald celebrating her 400th national league game.
After coming off an all-important win last week against the Queensland Firebirds, the home side were looking to secure a back-to-back victory and keep their hopes of breaking through to the top four alive.
However, the relentless defensive pressure from the Thunderbirds, proved overwhelming leading to the Giants finishing the game with their lowest score in Super Netball history.
The Giants take on the Lightning on Sunday, June 23, from 4pm at UniSC Arena, while the Swifts next do battle with the Vixens on Sunday, June 23, at John Cain Arena from 2pm.