Loss ends Swifts' season

Caitlin Thwaites

Caitlin Thwaites

A GOAL from Magic shooter Jo Harten in the dying seconds of Sunday's semi-final ended the NSW Swifts season. 

In what was a dramatic finish to the minor semi-final, the Magic came from behind to steal victory in the first finals game of the ANZ Championship.

The final score was 50 to 49.

The intensity lifted in the final 15 minutes with the Magic grabbing the lead for the first time in the early stages of the quarter. 

However, crucial misses by Susan Pratley in the late stages of the game proved costly as the Magic went on to score an unlikely victory in front of a Sydney crowd. 

Bendigo shooter Caitlin Thwaites levelled the scores at 49-49 with 11 seconds remaining in the game, but the Magic's quick ball movement from the centre ensured, shooter Jo Harten had the ball in her hands before the final whistle was blown.

Coach Rob Wright told the NSW Swifts website the team would learn a lot from the game. 

He said it was a tough way to lose a game.

"Not quite the result we wanted but that’s the beauty of sport," Wright said.

Despite the loss, Thwaites was the most accurate shooter on the court.

She shot 24 goals from 27 attempts, finishing with a shooting percentage of 89 per cent. 

However she had the most turnovers for the game, with seven.

The 27-year-old finished with 376 goals for the season and 18 rebounds.

Thwaites will now turn her attention to the Commonwealth Games.

With the first game less than two months away, Thwaites and her Diamond teammates will prepare for the Glasgow games. 

Australia's first pool match is against Wales on July 24.


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