In an electric derby, the GWS Giants Netball have defeated their local rival the Sydney Swifts and solidified their position on top of the ladder.
The Giants were down six goals with 12 minutes to go, but a perfectly shot final quarter from shooters Jo Harten and Susan Pettitt carried the team through.
“I thought it was a really, really high-quality game and neither team was giving up the ball too easily,” Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald told the SMH.
“The quality of netball tonight was pretty exceptional. The Swifts certainly weren’t giving up any ball.”
It was a great weekend for the Giants, whose partner AFL team squashed the Gold Coast Suns by over 100 points. It was also a great weekend for coach Fitzgerald, as the victory marked her 200th in elite netball.
The Giants are based in Western Sydney but they’re also claimed by many in the ACT. They compete at the AIS netball centre for a few games each season, the next of which is on 14 May.
Their presence in the territory has been welcomed by Yvette Berry, ACT Minister for Sport and Minister for Women.
“We welcome the Giants national super netball… for their home games in the ACT.
“Canberra’s sporting landscape is one of the most diverse and inclusive of any city in Australia.
“We are a small city, but we continually punch above our weight in the sporting arena and our teams enjoy passionate support from Canberra as a result.”