Collingwood Magpies have romped to their second win of the Super Netball season with a crushing 65-47 win over the Adelaide Thunderbirds.
The Magpies showed why they are considered a genuine premiership contender with a commanding performance at Melbourne Arena on Friday, winning every quarter to secure eight competition points.
Magpies shooter Shimona Nelson stood tall in her first appearance against her former club, taking advantage of excellent service from her teammates to finish with 52 goals at 91 per cent accuracy.
Nelson combined with Nat Medhurst for 32 goals from 34 attempts in the first half as Collingwood built a nine-goal lead before pulling away in the second half, pushing the margin out to 18 goals at various stages of the second half.
Magpies coach Rob Wright was pleased to see his side rebound from last week’s eight-goal loss to the Giants despite a third-quarter lapse in concentration.
“It’s good because I think it just shows when you step away from what you are trying to do for any length of time, anyone can roll over the top of you,” Wright said.
“That’s a bit that I’d like to look at and see if we can try and improve but yeah, good improvement from last week around what we are trying to do.”
Reeling from the loss of English midcourter Beth Cobden to a season-ending knee injury in last week’s loss to the Melbourne Vixens, Adelaide fell to their third successive defeat after snapping a 27-game losing sequence in the opening round.
There were few bright spots for the visitors apart from another eye-catching performance from Jamaican goal keeper Shamera Sterling (eight intercepts), while Maria Folau (30 of 39) did her best to provide some direction in attack.
After being added to the Thunderbirds’ roster following Cobden’s injury, midcourter Maisie Nankivell made her national league debut in the second quarter, the 19-year-old having also made her AFLW debut for the Adelaide Crows earlier this year.
The Magpies opened a five-goal lead early and though Adelaide steadied to cut the gap to two, the home side closed with five of the last six for a 17-11 edge after one quarter.
The visitors made a promising start to the second term but the Magpies gradually regained control, extending their lead to 32-23 at halftime.
Any chance of an Adelaide resurgence in the second half was swept away as Collingwood opened the third quarter with a 13-4 run.
The Magpies will host the West Coast Fever at Bendigo Stadium next Saturday while the Thunderbirds face the Queensland Firebirds in Adelaide.