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Suncorp Super Netball Round 7 preview

SATURDAY 1 APRIL 5.45PM
PERTH ARENA, PERTH
BROADCAST: LIVE ON 9GEM, NETBALL LIVE APP
ON DEMAND CATCH UP: 9NOW, TELSTRA TV, NETBALL LIVE APP

Coach Julie Fitzgerald will be chasing her 200th win when her Giants tackle the Swifts.

Much has changed since the expansion club won the first meeting of the two sides in Round 1.

On that occasion it was Kimberlee Green who helped down the Swifts in the final term, but this time shooter Jo Harten will need a new partner in crime.

Susan Pettitt and Taylah Davies shared the wing attack bib in the loss to the Vixens and both will have a role to play if the Giants are to return to the winners’ circle.

Saturday 1 April 5.45pm
Perth Arena, Perth
Broadcast: Live on 9Gem, Netball Live App
On Demand Catch Up: 9Now, Telstra TV, Netball Live App

Thunderbirds discovery Sasha Glasgow’s workload has doubled since finding a place in the side’s starting seven.

Not knowing if she would be required for court time, the young goal shooter previously focused inwardly in preparation for games.

As she prepares for the clash with the Fever, Glasgow has spent more time scouting her next opponents.

“I’ve got to analyse all those little things because I could get opposed to Courtney (Bruce) and Stacey (Francis),” she said.

West Coast will be seeking a more composed effort after a poor fourth quarter cost them a win in Adelaide in Round 1.

 

Sunday 2 April 1.00pm
USC Stadium, Sippy Downs
Broadcast: Live on Telstra TV, Netball Live App
On Demand Catch Up: 9Now, Telstra TV, Netball Live App

The Firebirds have unlocked a mindset denied to them for years as they charge into their rematch with neighbouring Sunshine Coast.

“I think we thrive on being underdogs,” said goal attack Gretel Tippett.

Queensland has been Australia’s dominant club after four straight grand final appearances, winning the trans-Tasman competition in 2015 and again last year.

But, after losing Romelda Aiken to injury last week, they uncorked a character-filled performance in Adelaide and will be aiming to do the same against the Lightning, this time without midcourt general Erin Burger.

 

Sunday 2 April 3.00pm
Hisense Arena, Melbourne
Broadcast: Live on Telstra TV, Netball Live App
On Demand Catch Up: 9Now, Telstra TV, Netball Live App

The Melbourne Vixens have gone to school ahead of the second Battle against crosstown rival Magpies Netball.

Although happy with the quality of their performances over the past four rounds, coach Simone McKinnis wants more from the second-placed Vixens.

“We’re still learning. I want to see them making sure we’ve got options at the ball and always coming forward,” she said.

Written by Damien Stannard
Photography: Getty Images

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