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Wallace’s Swifts down Firebirds

Friday, February 23, 2018

Australia-based T&T senior women’s netball team goal shoot Samantha Wallace and her New South Wales Swifts jumped off their pres-season campaign with a 61-51 defeat of Sunshine Coast Lightning on Wednesday night.

The Swifts who led 32-26 at the half-time interval will take a lot of confidence from the behind closed door win against the reigning champions ahead of the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball season, which begins on April 29, with a clash against the Queensland Firebirds.

Commenting on her team’s win, the 25-year-old Wallace, now in her second season with the club said it was a great team effort allround.

The Toco-born player, a national basketballer as well added, ‘Everyone did their job to be honest and we are really glad that we can start our pre-season with a victory’.

With regards to her own performance, Wallace said her fitness level is much better than during her first season in the league last year and it will allow her to give a much bigger effort on the court.

Last year on debut, Wallace scored an impressive 517 goals from 580 attempts to be the fifth best scorer overall.

A star of the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney, Wallace was one of the shooting standouts in the dress of her native T&T and initially made a name for herself in the 2016 English Super League with the Mavericks, copping the Vitality Netball Super League “Player of the Year” award before moving to the Swifts ahead of their 2017 season.

Another Suncorp Super Netball club, Giants Netball will also do battle with the same opposition over the course of the weekend.

Looking ahead to those matches, Wallace stated, ‘My expectations are for me to improve on dominating my circle and working a lot better with my goal attack, England international Helen Housby, not forgetting to maintain a very high shooting percentage as well. I want it to be as close to 100 per cent as it can be'.


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