After three days of tough competition, Magpies Netball are named winners of the inaugural Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup.
Magpies beat Melbourne Vixens 39-33 in tthe Grand Final at the Queensland State Netball Centre, and the Cup provided the first Pre-Season outing for the Suncorp Super Netball sides ahead of the competition getting underway in April.
After three days of match play, the Magpies came out of their pool matches with two wins and a loss, taking down the West Coast Fever, NSW Swifts and losing to GIANTS Netball to finish on top of their pool ladder.
The Grand Final was a fierce cross-town battle. The Vixens lead early with 13 first-half goals by the deadly accurate Tegan Philip, but the relentless Magpies pressure saw them fight their way back into the contest to trail by just three at the half-time break.
The second half saw the Magpies come flying on to the court, outscoring the Vixens 23 to 13 on their way to a six-goal win.
New recruit Geva Mentor suffocated the Vixens shooters while the un-guardable Shimona Nelson continued her incredible tournament, pouring in 35 more goals and sealing the game for the Magpies.
Head Coach of Northern Ireland, and former Adelaide Thunderbirds Coach, Dan Ryan took to twitter to praise the new-look Magpies side and said:
"Love watching this @magpies_netball team! Absolutely dynamite in all areas and such an exciting brand of netball. Title favourites for sure! Shimona Nelson's growth is incredible, so proud of that kid! The quality of netball in the 2019 season is going to be insane!"
Netball Nation will be reviewing the Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup in this week's episode, so make sure you download and get your Netball Nation fix on Thursday!
By Kate Lightfoot