Our girls swift in defence

SOUTHERN Downs pair Clare McMeniman and Laura Geitz again rose to the occasion against the top shooters when the Mission Queensland Firebirds once again fell short to the undefeated NSW Swifts on Monday night.

Fast-paced and intense from the beginning, the Swifts took an early lead in the game, despite the formidable defensive duo of Clare McMeniman and Laura Geitz putting pressure on shooters Catherine Cox and Susan Prately.

At the other end of the court, Romelda Aiken and Natalie Medhurst worked well together, shooting at 91 per cent.

But the action wasn’t contained to the goal circles, with Firebirds captain Lauren Nourse and Swifts Kim Green battling it out for possession in a fierce pairing that would continue most of the game.

Swifts keeper Sonia Mkolomo was determined to cause trouble for Aiken in the second quarter, using her height to keep Aiken from scoring.

But Medhurst stepped up, taking some of the pressure off Aiken, pulling the tally back to end the half 24-19.

Stepping up to the challenge with a top-four position in their sights, the Firebirds came within two goals with five minutes to go in the third quarter, but the Swifts fought back, extending the lead to 35-30 at the end of the third quarter. Swifts ran out eventual winners, 44-40.



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