Spirited half seals win

JUMP: Caitlin Thwaites reaches for the ball.

JUMP: Caitlin Thwaites reaches for the ball.

A BIG second half has helped the NSW Swifts to seal its seventh win of the season. 

The Swifts, led by Bendigo shooter Caitlin Thwaites, saw the Swifts win by 11 goals against the West Coast Fever on Monday night. 

The Swifts started poorly, with five goals the difference at the main break. 

The Fever lead got out to as high as seven goals in the second quarter. 

However their form turned around in the second half, restricting experienced Fever shooters Caitlin Bassett and Natalie Medhurst to just 18 goals. 

Thwaites, who was last week selected to represent Australia at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, scored a game-high 33 goals in the win. 

The 27-year-old shot at 79 per cent for the match. 

She also dished out four goal assists to fellow shooter Susan Pratley. 

The final score was 47 to 58. 

It was the Swifts third-straight victory.

The win has now pushed the Swifts into third position on the ANZ Championship ladder with just three games left before the finals begin. 

Percentage is all that separates the top four teams the Melbourne Vixens, Waikato BOP Magic, NSW Swifts and the Queensland Firebirds. 

Each of the four teams have won seven games a piece. 

The Adelaide Thunderbirds' chances of scoring a finals berth were dealt a blow at the weekend. 

The Thunderbirds faced the Firebirds in what was a must win game. 

Despite outscoring the Firebirds in the final quarter the Thunderbirds lost by six goals. 

Bendigo defender Rebecca Bulley led a spirited fightback from the reigning premiers but it wasn't enough. 

Bulley, who played in the goal defence position, managed to pressure the opposition but the team couldn't make the most of the opportunities. 

She grabbed one intercept and made one defensive rebound.

The final score was 52 to 58.

Julie Corletto's Northern Mystics and Caitlyn Strachan's Melbourne Vixens both had the bye in round 11. 

In round 10 action the Melbourne Vixens will host the West Coast Fever on Sunday afternoon. 

The NSW Swifts will play the Adelaide Thunderbirds at Allphones Arena on Sunday.

The Northern Mystics will also travel to Arena Manawatu in New Zealand to play the Central Pulse on Sunday night. 

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