Swifts have Wright to celebrate
NETBALL: It was netball's first ever battle of the blokes and the NSW Swifts made sure it was their coach Rob Wright celebrating the historic moment.
In the first national netball league match between teams coached by men, the Swifts delivered a 54-44 win to Wright on Saturday night in his 50th match as coach of the club against the Dan Ryan-coached Adelaide Thunderbirds.
Swifts import Sam Wallace was a standout for the hosts at Qudos Bank Arena, netting 35 of her 42 attempts and well assisted by English international Helen Housby with 19 from 22.
Midcourter Maddy Proud, playing against her old club, earned Player of the Match honours.
The Thunderbirds, who had trailed by as much as 14 in the round two Super Netball match, launched a mini revival in the final quarter to come back to within four before the Swifts refound their momentum to take the match by 10.
"There's really nothing like getting those two points," Wright said.
"Confidence in sport is major.
"We have three weeks on the road now against tough opposition so this is a nice bonus."
The Swifts dominated the match from late in the first quarter, taking a 16-9 jump into the first break and leading 27-20 at halftime.
The NSW side extended the gap to 11 to lead 43-32 going into the final period.
Wright said he was unhappy the Swifts let the Thunderbirds came back within four in the final quarter but impressed with the way they responded to the imminent threat from the Thunderbirds.
The Swifts head to Melbourne for round three of Super Netball to play the Vixens next Saturday.
The Vixens pulled off the first upset of the season in round one by downing the Collingwood Magpies.