Super Netball 2022: Giants defeat Collingwood Magpies to stay alive, Jo Harten’s acrobatic take from rocket pass

Super Netball 2022: Giants defeat Collingwood Magpies to stay alive, Jo Harten’s acrobatic take from rocket pass

The Giants have kept their Super Netball premiership hopes alive as their captain stole the show with some insane acrobatic feats.

The Giants have kept their Super Netball premiership hopes alive with a hardfought 55-48 win over the Collingwood Magpies in the minor semi-final on Sunday.

The Magpies got out to an early lead as the Giants looked out of sorts and struggled to settle into the groove of the final sudden death.

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It looked like an upset might be on the cards as the Magpies took a 28-25 lead into halftime.

But the Giants came out firing in the third quarter and fought their way back in front thanks to some dazzling passes and the Super Shot heroics of shooters Jo Harten and Sophie Dwyer.

The highlight of the match came when Giants midcourter Jamie-Lee Price unleashed an absolute rocket of a pass to Harten, who leapt off the court and managed to cling on to the ball with her outstretched hand.

Sharni Norder said on Fox Netball: “Jamie-Lee Price rockets this ball into Jo Harten. Have a look at this.

“I know Jo can jump but I don’t know if I’ve ever seen her get this far off the ground. She is superwoman! I think she might have to get a few massages under the arm there after that.

“That was one of the big moments of the game because that was when they were like, ‘We’ve have enough, we’ve been too hesitant’ and Jamie-Lee Price said, ‘Nup, let’s get the ball in the ring ‘ and what a phenomenal take from captain Jo Harten.”

The Giants captain had a sensational second half, shooting an off-balance goal and getting on the end of another sizzling pass from April Brandley.

On the back of three straight Super Shots, the Giants took a 43-39 lead into three quarter time and the margin proved too much for the Magpies to overcome in the last quarter.

The Giants will now face the Melbourne Vixens in next Saturday’s preliminary final as they strive to move a step closer to avenging their loss in last year’s Grand Final.

The winner of that clash will face the West Coast Fever in the Grand Final in Perth, after the Fever secured a comfortable win over the Vixens in the major semi-final.

“I’m just so proud,” Giants captain Harten told Fox Netball’s Pivot.

“We didn’t give up. We had a bit of a shaky first half and we couldn’t quite pull away. I was a bit disappointed at halftime, I felt like we were throwing some ball away and creating our own errors.

“But we showed that belief, we showed that true Giants grit in that second half. To come away (with a win) against a quality side like Collingwood, I’m super proud of the girls.”

Maddie Hay had an outstanding game for the Giants and nullified star Magpies wing defense Ash Brazill.

“She’s outstanding,” Harten said.

“Maddy is pretty much an unsung hero in our team, I absolutely love playing with her. I’ve got so much respect for her.
“She started off as a wing defence, went to center and now she’s made wing attack her own. “Playing against Ash Braz, one of the best wing defenders in the world, completely underrated but she’s absolute glue for our team.”

It was the Giants’ 12th consecutive win over the Magpies in Super Netball.

Magpies captain Geva Mentor said after the game: “I’m absolutely shattered.

“You’ve got to be in and give it a fair crack but full credit to Jo and her Giants. I thought they played really well today and the momentum swings, they got on top and managed to capitalize.”

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