Swift bounce back

A MASSIVE final quarter comeback against local rivals the Giants on Sunday, saw the NSW Swifts extend their lead at the top of the Suncorp Super Netball table.

Swifts on-court captain Paige Hadley was at her dynamic best, as were the likes of Sarah Klau, Maddy Turner and Kate Eddy, who worked tirelessly to keep their side in the hunt.
Head coach Briony Akle was also able to introduce Elle Bennetts, the latest Red Swift to make her debut (No.59), who looked at home at Super Netball level.
The opening exchanges were typically fast, furious and intensely physical. Both defences were enjoying good starts with the attackers being made to work for every goal. Midway through the first period the Swifts led 6-5 before a Sophie Halpin intercept allowed them get three ahead. However at the first break, the sides were tied at 13-all.
Another contact call against Wallace, saw the Giants take a four-goal lead midway through the second quarter.
Neither side was able to secure any more turnovers before halftime break, but it was the Swifts who had the last say to leave them just three in arrears.
Failure to convert put the Swifts five down but a stepping call against Giants goal attack Jo Harten, got them back within three.
The Giants started the last period of play with more composure but then things changed. Klau was again at the forefront of disrupting the Giants and a seven-goal scoring streak in the space of three minutes, blitzed the visitors who looked set to take the ladder-leaders down.
Wallace and Helen Housby, who was at her world-class best, rewarded everything the midcourt was feeding them and put the game beyond the Giants with a minute left on the clock.
Next up for the Swifts is a trip to Adelaide to face the Thunderbirds in Round 9 on Sunday.