Firebirds on a roll for revenge in showdown

Laura Geitz.
Laura Geitz. Netball Queensland

WE made it to the grand final and we are absolutely rapt!

Now we play the Thunderbirds in Adelaide on Sunday.

This will be our fourth consecutive away game.

We play well when we're on the road and our track record proves it. We've won eight out of nine away games this season.

It was a great game against the Melbourne Vixens last weekend in the preliminary final, played hard by both sides and anyone's game right down to the final three minutes.

To say we were absolutely ecstatic to beat the Vixens 50-46 is a massive understatement!

It hasn't been an easy season for the team, and for me personally, but the challenges we've faced have helped us grow into a tight team and a strong team.

There is an amazing vibe amongst the playing group at the moment. Some people probably still believe that we don't deserve to be in the grand final.

They can say what they like, we'll just keep flying under the radar and doing our own thing.

When everyone writes us off and the chips are down, we really get going and that's when we play our best netball.

We want to win the grand final, we won't be happy to finish second.

This is what we have been working towards all year.

We are only the second team in the history of the ANZ Championship to qualify for the grand final after finishing the regular season in fourth spot on the ladder (the other team to achieve that feat was the Northern Mystics in 2011, who we coincidentally defeated to become the premiers).

This Sunday's game is going to be really tough.

The T-Birds have set the benchmark very high all season. They've defeated us twice, in Rounds 6 (54-53) and 14 (54-52).

Both were closely-fought matches which went down to the wire, and now we have the opportunity to avenge those losses.

At our training sessions this week, we've had a good look at the T-Birds and their strategies to make sure we are properly prepared to deliver our best and strongest performance. Sparks will fly!

The game will be broadcast live on Sunday on Fox Sports 1, Sky Sport 1 and SBS2 at 2pm (Queensland time).



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