Fusion retain top spot after round two

Queensland Fusion have retained their spot atop the Australian Netball League (ANL) ladder after they split their clashes with Tasmanian Magpies one a piece last weekend at Ormiston College.

After an impressive 46-26 win to the Fusion on Saturday, the return of Collingwood ace Shae Brown helped the black and white to a 47-46 day two victory.

Fusion defender Tara Hinchliffe said her side were gaining confidence with each week together.

“We knew it was going to be a really tough weekend and didn’t underestimate them on Saturday,” Hinchliffe said.

“It was really tight in the first quarter and we had to keep working hard to break through. It was a great stuff. The third quarter was 15-4 and that was a massive confidence booster for the team – knowing we can play well and push on.”

Hinchliffe said the return of the Magpies’ Suncorp Super Netball stars on Sunday added an extra degree of difficulty, but she took a lot of heart from the way Queensland stood up to the challenge.

“We knew Sunday was going to be a completely different game to Saturday – they had a star-studded line-up. But we just knew we had to stick to our game plan which worked so well on Saturday,” she said.

“Being behind and being able to come back was such a big positive for everyone because we knew we could fight to the end.

“Who knows – with another minute anything could have happened. The coaches were really happy because we’re such a young team, but we didn’t let them scare us off.”

Queensland Fusion play Western Sting in a double header this weekend at Perth State Netball Centre.