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Giants to stick with new-look attack for prelim final

THE new-look attack for Giants Netball will likely stay for next week's preliminary final after the shooting combination of Kristina Brice and Jo Harten got the better of the Collingwood defence on Saturday night.

Susan Pettitt shifted out of the circle for the entire match, a first in her career, which meant rookie Kristina Brice started at shooter for the first time.

The big comeback win over Magpies to stay alive in the finals series was a learning experience for both Brice and Pettitt, who said she is still finding her feet in the wing attack role.

 

"I think it's the first game I've ever played where I haven't put up a shot, quite unusual for me and still a learning curve and I'm just trying to fit into spaces and do my role for the team," Pettitt said.

"It's learning a whole new position which is difficult but it keeps you on your toes."

Coach Julie Fitzgerald said Brice would have also taken a lot from the game, in which she slotted the winning goal with just seconds left on the clock.

Brice had to work hard to hold her position under the ring while she was marked by Australia goal keeper Sharni Layton.

Giants played the entire match with the same seven on court and it's likely they will start the same for the match against the Melbourne Vixens next week.

"We decided that was the way to go," Fitgerald said.

"I thought what was happening out the front of her (Brice) was good. She would have learnt so much from playing that game.

 

"This will be a far better team for having had that behind them."

Giants will travel to Melbourne this week to play Vixens on Saturday night. The two sides are one win apiece this season, but the Sydney team had the most recent victory, a 56-52 win in Canberra in Round 12.

But the Giants know finals produces a next level intensity and though they will take some confidence from that recent win, they know anything can happen now.

"We've had one loss against them and we won in Canberra. There's lots to look at there," Pettitt said.

"They're such a consistent team so we just have to look at that and try to get as much turnover ball as possible."

News Corp Australia


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