The Giants have been one of the most consistent teams throughout the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball season, dropping just three games and drawing once. The Giants had a convincing 10-goal win over the Magpies last weekend, while Fever ran out 13-goal victors against the Melbourne Vixens at Perth Arena. Both sides have lost to the Queensland Firebirds in the past month, with the Firebirds proving too strong for the Giants in Round 11 by 14 goals, and Fever in Round 12 by six goals.
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The Giants are one of the best defensive teams in the League, allowing the third most amount of goals (710), behind the Lightning (701) and Firebirds (707). Fever have allowed 782. However, this is countered by Fever having scored 42 more goals than any other side, with 846. The Vixens are next best (804), followed by the Firebirds (782) and Giants (772).
Defensively, neither Sam Poolman or Bec Bulley sit in the top 10 for deflections or intercepts, while Courtney Bruce sits second for deflections (73) and third for intercepts (35), while Stacey Francis has 51 deflections and 23 intercepts. Courtney also leads all players with 25 rebounds, while Sam Poolman has 14.
Through the midcourt, Kim Green sits third for goal assists with 309, with Liz Watson (399) and Nat Medhurst (359) ahead of her. Verity Charles is 10th with 216. The Giants don’t have any players inside the top 10 for centre pass receptions, while Ingrid Colyer continues her rise, having collected 270 for the season, equal 5th in the competition.
In the attacking circle, there is daylight between Jhaniele Fowler and the next top shooter in Romelda Aiken. Jhaniele has scored a whopping 720 goals from 774 attempts (93% accuracy), with Aiken shooting 524/634 (82%). Jo Harten leads the way for the Giants with 358 goals from 410 attempts (87%).
In what is not really a great surprise to most, this game will be won and lost throughout the midcourt. Kim Green and Jess Anstiss are set to reignite their short, but intense rivalry, while Jamie Lee-Price and Ingrid Colyer will go head to head once again. Serena Guthrie is one of, if not, the best Centres in the world, and her match up with Verity Charles will again be intriguing, physical and athletic.
Last Time We Met
The last time we faced the Giants was at Perth Arena, back in Round 6. We walked away with a thrilling two-goal win in front of more than 8,000 fans. Jhaniele Fowler had a day shooting 53/56, while Nat Medhurst was her damaging best with 10/11, 34 goal assists, 18 centre pass receives and 37 feeds. Stacey Francis and Courtney Bruce combined for seven intercepts, but also 34 penalties. Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich pushed Jess Anstiss into the Centre and injected Shannon Eagland into the game. For the Giants, Jo Harten shot 15/16, Susan Pettitt shot 26/29 and Kristina Brice had 20/23, while Kim Green was also moved around the court, ending with 23 goal assists, 19 centre pass receives and 37 feeds.