Firebirds fly into top four

THE Queensland Firebirds have jumped into the top four of the Trans-Tasman netball championship with a thrilling 56-53 comeback victory over West Coast at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

The Firebirds, who squandered significant leads in the first two quarters, had to fight back from a five-goal deficit in the final term to post their third straight win in competition.

Jamaican shooter Romelda Aiken was again a star for the home side as she netted 46 goals at 82 per cent with powerful Fever defender Susan Fuhrmann making her work extremely hard all night.

The turning point in the contest came with Firebirds defender Demelza McCloud making a crucial intercept in the West Coast circle with four minutes to go. It sparked a five-goal streak from Queensland, with Aiken pulling down several customary high bombs.

“It was an awesome fightback,” said Firebirds coach Vicky Wilson.




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