Qld netballers beat NSW in Brisbane

The Queensland Firebirds are Australian Conference champions after they defeated New South Wales Swifts 63-52 at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Monday night.

The win means the Queenslanders will take on Southern Steel this Sunday at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in the semi-final for the chance to host the grand final in a fortnight’s time.

An ANZ Championship win for the Firebirds in 2016 will make them the first ever team to win three titles and go back-to-back.


The Swifts came out firing in the first ten minutes of Monday’s clash and eked out an early four goal lead after some lightning midcourt movement.

But the Firebirds came roaring back with three and a half minutes remaining to wrestle back a three goal advantage off the back of impressive defence from Gabi Simpson and Kim Ravaillion.

Gretel Tippett hit a superb buzzer beater to put the icing on the cake as the Firebirds went into quarter time 16-12 up.

The ladies in purple went up a gear to open the second frame as Simpson took a sublime intercept and Laura Geitz asserted her dominance at the back to help stretch the lead to six.

But the Swifts refused to go down lightly and rallied off the back of some superb defence from Sharni Layton to cut the deficit to two at the midway point of the quarter.

Not to be outdone, Queensland replied in kind through some vintage work from Tippett and Aiken to restore a five-point cushion and a 32-27 half-time lead.

New South Wales changed up their line-up to start the second half and moved Steph Wood to goal attack for Kim Green and Abbey McCulloch to wing defence for Laura Langman.

The changes steadied the ship for the Swifts, but the margin remained unchanged for 12 minutes of the 15 before the defensive energy of the Queenslanders paid off in a big way.

Aiken and Tippett were perfect when opportunities came and shot a collective 15 from 15 to stretch the score to 47-37 at three quarter time.

Buoyed by the momentum, the team came home with a wet sail to maintain their dominance in the final stanza and close out a 63-52 win.

The Queensland Firebirds will play Southern Steel in the ANZ Championship semi-final at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sunday 24 July at 12pm.