SSN R6: Firebirds Vs Magpies
Magpies stay alive with crucial road win.
The Collingwood Magpies have pulled off one of the biggest upsets of this young season, knocking off the Queensland Firebirds 67-59 in Brisbane to keep touch with the top four.
Collingwood Magpies have put their season back on track with a 67-59 upset win over the Queensland Firebirds.
After a tight opening term at Brisbane’s Nissan Arena on Sunday, the Magpies (2-4) created separation in the second quarter before responding to a second-half rally from the Firebirds (3-3) in emphatic fashion.
Molly Jovic (35 feeds, 12 assists) and Kelsey Browne (52, 28) ran the Firebirds’ midcourt ragged all afternoon, while Shimona Nelson (54 goals) presented powerfully in attack despite being less pinpoint accurate than usual.
“All the girls stood up,” said Jovic, who played a starring role in her return after recovering from COVID-19.
“I think that’s what we’ve been missing the previous rounds.
“It was a four-quarter effort from everyone, so really proud of the girls.
“I got through a full game – I didn’t think that would happen.
“Braz (Ash Brazill) and Kels (Browne) made it so much easier for me out there.”
Jovic had Firebirds centre Kim Ravaillion’s measure from the outset and Nelson got the scoreboard moving.
Collingwood stretched their 18-16 quarter-time lead to 37-31 at half-time, thanks chiefly to Jovic’s brilliance.
Ravaillion lifted in the third term, spearheading Queensland’s brief rearguard.
Gretel Bueta and Donnell Wallam caught fire in the Firebirds’ shooting circle and Ruby Bakewell-Doran began having an influence at goal defence, cutting the margin to 51-48 at three-quarter-time.
Collingwood responded with the first four goals of the fourth, while the defensive smarts of Magpies co-captains Brazill and Geva Mentor put a stranglehold on Queensland.
Nelson uncharacteristically missed a couple of sitters but with Jovic and Browne continuing to dictate with their playmaking in the middle, the heavily-fancied Firebirds were left with too much to do.