#TeamGirls Cup determines the 2019 Super Netball is anyone’s game

This article was written by Natalie Akle.

Eight Super Netball teams had the opportunity to test run their pre-season training at the inaugural Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup over the weekend.

The three-day tournament, held at the brand-new Queensland State Netball Centre, allowed the netballers to showcase their skills ahead of the 2019 Super Netball.

Despite placing second-last in the 2018 Super Netball, the Collingwood Magpies’ pre-season training payed off in the tournament, where they defeated the Melbourne Vixens 39 to 33 and took home the trophy.

 

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In a post-match interview with the Super Netball, the Magpies newly appointed co-captain Madi Robinson, said the #TeamGirls cup is just the beginning, with seven weeks of pre-season to go before the 2019 Super Netball commences.

“This tournament has been fantastic, it’s been a really good test for us to see where we’re at against the best in the competition,” said Robinson.

The #TeamGirls tournament results were a close call across both Pool A and Pool B, determining a fierce Super Netball tournament ahead.

The Melbourne Vixens were almost undefeated, finishing at the top of their pool, followed by the previous Super Netball victors, Sunshine Coast Lighting, who finished third overall after defeating GIANTS Netball 46 to 44 in an exhilarating bronze-medal match.

Every team brought their best game despite their circumstances, where West Coast Fever were forced to make-do without their attacker, Jhaniele Fowler, for the majority of the tournament.

Whilst the absence of newly appointed captain, Maddy Proud, didn’t discourage the NSW Swifts, as they managed to walk away from the tournament with three out of four wins.

“I’m really happy with how our squad came together over the past three to four days in what was a very testing, but valuable, tournament for all teams,” said the NSW Swifts Head Coach, Briony Akle, in a NSW Swifts interview following the tournament.

However, the #TeamGirls cup overwhelmed some, where despite several of the new combinations tested over the weekend the Queensland Firebirds failed to make their mark on the tournament, finishing sixth overall. While the Adelaide Thunderbirds and West Coast Fever walked away without a win, drawing 15/15 in a thrilling final match.  

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Despite the discouraging match results, West Coast Fever Head Coach, Stacey Marinkovich, was satisfied with the learning curve the pre-season tournament provided her team.

“To be able to be put in this environment and test a variety of combinations and see our behaviours transfer from the training environment into matchplay is great,” Marinkovich said in a post-tournament interview with West Coast Fever.  

“Pre-season is tough, it’s a grind, we’re in a really heavy training phase, so for us there’s glimpses of what we’re capable of, and we will go back and keep pushing and putting that together,” said Marinkovich.

All eight teams have returned to their home grounds with vital insight from the #TeamGirls Cup ahead of the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball, commencing on 27th April.