Firebirds ready to test top four credentials

The Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds will be out prove their finals credentials against West Coast Fever on Saturday 22 April 2017 at Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Collingwood Magpies knocked Queensland out of the Suncorp Super Netball top four with a last start win as the Firebirds fell to ladder leaders Giants Netball in a tight four-point loss.

The result leaves the reigning ANZ Championship winners one point outside the finals spots with six weeks of the regular season to play.
“The Easter break was a good time for the team to draw a line in the sand and assess where we are at this particular point in the season,” Firebirds coach Roselee Jencke said.

“Starting this week we’re able to focus on the next six rounds, begin searching for those small improvements and look to start pushing the top teams.
“We want to improve on our first half performance, play consistently across four quarters and have better decision making when using the ball. We’ve felt that we have been wasteful at times and often been our own worst enemy in wanting to play a fast-paced game when it’s required something different.”

Local rivals Sunshine Coast Lightning will open proceedings at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Saturday night when they take on Adelaide Thunderbirds at 7.30pm.

The Lightning are flying high at equal second on the ladder on 13 points – six clear of the Firebirds – with six rounds remaining.

Jencke said her side were focused on closing the gap to the leaders in the run-in to finals, starting with the Fever on Saturday.

“We know we’re going to get a hard, strong performance from the Fever. Our matches are always an almighty tussle,” she said.

“I believe the Fever are playing some of their better netball, which they showed in a particularly good first half against Collingwood last round. We know it will take 60 minutes of solid netball to get on top of them.

“We’ve also learnt from our previous game against Fever where we played a great first half and dropped off in the second. We need to make sure we have that consistency and use the ball well. We want to put out great attack and really tight, smothering defence.”

The Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds take on West Coast Fever at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Saturday 22 April 2017. Secure your seat now via Ticketek or watch it live on Nine Gem from 8.45pm AEST.

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