Samantha Wallace has been enjoying a hot season, coming into this round of matches with 272 goals from 6 matches, averaging 45 per match. In round 7 on Saturday, playing against the bottom placed Thunderbirds, you would expect her numbers to go up, but it wasn’t to be, as she scored just 16. Thunderbirds entered the match today with 6 losses from 6 matches, and coming up against Swifts, who last week beat Giants, would have been surprised to find themselves leading 13-11 at the end of the first quarter and 28-25 at the half.
The previously winless Thunderbirds then held on throughout the second half for the win, beating NSW Swifts 58-53 to register their first win of the campaign. Lenize Potgieter led the Thunderbirds with 40 goals, while Helen Housby scored 29 for Swifts.
In other games on Saturday, Collingwood Magpies, the team of the T&T’s Kalifa McCollin who didn’t play, scored a 67-51 win over now bottom placed Melbourne Vixens. New leaders Sunshine Coast Lightning beat Giants 58-52. The Unbeaten WestCoast Fever play Queensland Firebirds on Sunday and can possibly go up to second in the table.