After three disappointing seasons of Super Netball, the Adelaide Thunderbirds are on the rise after defeating the Collingwood Magpies 60-52 at USC Stadium on Wednesday night.
Winners of four premierships in their 23-year history, the Super Netball era has not been kind to the South Australian club with a meagre four wins in the opening three seasons.
But the 'easybeats' tag appears to be a thing of the past as the 2020 squad recorded their third victory in the opening five rounds to rise above West Coast Fever into the top four.
"It feels good to win and I think the beauty of it is no-one really still expects us to," co-captain Chelsea Pitman said after the Thunderbirds won consecutive games for the first time in the Super Netball era.
"We know we can do it and we have belief in there and we're getting more confident every single time we go out there."
Goalkeeper Shamera Sterling (12 gains, six intercepts, nine deflections) continued her stellar start to the season while Adelaide's slick transition from defence to attack laid the foundation for goalers Lenize Potgieter (39/39) and teenage sensation Georgie Horjus (17/20).
The Thunderbirds opened with the first eight goals of the match and while Gabi Sinclair finally broke Collingwood's scoring drought before adding three super shots in the Power Five period, Adelaide still enjoyed a 17-11 edge after the oipening quarter.
Collingwood's attacking woes were further exposed in the second term as the Thunderbirds piled on nine of the first 11 goals, setting up a 32-22 halftime lead while holding the Magpies 70 per cent shooting accuracy.
The Magpies rallied in the third quarter with Geva Mentor making an impact at the defensive end, shooters Shimera Nelson and Nyah Allen finding the target to reduce Adelaide's lead to four goals.
But two late Potgieter goals helped steady the Thunderbirds as they took a 44-38 advantage into the fourth quarter then answered every challenge to leave the Magpies languishing in seventh spot with a 1-4 record.
The Thunderbirds will shoot for an unprecedented third win win in a row when they take the Sunshine Coast Lightning at USC Stadium on Sunday while the Magpies play the NSW Swifts at Nissan Arena on Saturday.
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