MVP Wallace fires Swifts to Aussie netball title - EntornoInteligente
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T&T se­nior women’s net­ball goal-shoot, Saman­tha “Sniper” Wal­lace was vot­ed the Nis­san Play­er of the Match af­ter fir­ing the New South Wales Swifts to the 2019 Sun­corp Su­per Net­ball Cham­pi­onship crown at the Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, yes­ter­day.

Wal­lace scored 40 goals from 44 at­tempts as un­der­dog Swifts beat de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Sun­shine Coast Light­ning 64-47. The win made amends for two reg­u­lar-sea­son league de­feats this sea­son at the hands of the Light­ning.

Based on re­cent meet­ings, the 25-year-old Wal­lace and the Swifts en­tered as the un­der­dogs against the Sun­shine Coast Light­ning, as the Light­ning’s record in fi­nals spoke for it­self – six from six, in­clud­ing two Grand Fi­nal vic­to­ries.

They al­so had an in­cred­i­ble record against the Swifts, hav­ing beat­en them six times out of sev­en.

How­ev­er, the Swifts were sharp ear­ly and seemed to set­tle in­to the big match first, jump­ing out to a six-goal lead at the mid­way point of the open­ing term with Wal­lace on fire, as they frus­trat­ed the nor­mal­ly fast-mov­ing Light­ning with their pa­tient ball move­ment and ruth­less fin­ish­ing.

When Wal­lace’s 11th first quar­ter goal from 12 at­tempts ex­tend­ed the lead to sev­en and with the Light­ning of­fence sput­ter­ing, Light­ning coach Tau­rua swapped out Stephanie Wood for Ugan­dan Peace Proscovia.

The big Ugan­dan shoot­er’s pres­ence was felt im­me­di­ate­ly, as her team picked up the pace and scored four of the last five goals to go in­to the first break trail­ing 12-16.

The Light­ning con­tin­ued that mo­men­tum in­to the sec­ond quar­ter, drilling four quick goals to draw to with­in just one of the Swifts at 20-19. All over the court, Light­ning play­ers were lift­ing, and when Kar­la Pre­to­rius stepped in-front of an er­rant Swifts pass in­tend­ed for Wal­lace, for her third in­ter­cep­tion, the scores were lev­el.

But the Swifts showed re­silien­cy and led by Wal­lace’s ten goals from as many at­tempts, stormed in­to the half­time break with a 31-23 ad­van­tage.

In the third quar­ter, the Swifts start­ed hot on­ly to be an­swered by the Light­ning, who were des­per­ate­ly cling­ing on to the match. But in the end, Wal­lace’s 12 goals from 12 at­tempts helped her team outscore Light­ning 15-13 to take a com­mand­ing 46-36 lead in­to the fi­nal 15 min­utes and was close to hav­ing the tro­phy in their hands.

And they were up to the chal­lenge there­after, blow­ing the Light­ning off the court in a spec­tac­u­lar 18-goal fi­nal quar­ter be­hind Wal­lace’s eight goals from ten at­tempts and He­len Hous­by with sev­en from nine to seal the fran­chise’s first Sun­corp Su­per Net­ball Cham­pi­onship.

With her fi­nal shoot­ing dis­play, Wal­lace pushed her sea­son tal­ly to 637 goals from 695 at­tempts for the sec­ond spot be­hind Ja­maican Jhaniele Fowler 709/753, with an­oth­er Ja­maican, Shi­mona Nel­son, in third with 637/724.

A for­mer win­ner of the “Play­er of the Year” in the Eng­lish Vi­tal­i­ty Net­ball Su­per League in 2016, Wal­lace, who will re­turn to the club for the 2020 sea­son, now has a three-year ca­reer tal­ly of 1,580 goals from 1,739 at­tempts.

Re­sult

New South Wales Swifts 67 (Saman­tha Wal­lace 40/44, He­len Hous­by 18/22, So­phie Garbin 6/7 ) bt Sun­shine Coast Light­ning 47 (Cara Koe­nen 23/27, Peace Proscovia 16/18, Stephanie Wood 8/14)

Quar­ter scores: 1st 16-12 Swifts; 2nd. 31-23 Swifts; 3rd. 46-36 Swifts; 4th. 64-47 Swifts.

Play­er-of-the-Match: Saman­tha Wal­lace (Swifts)

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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