Swifts stumble at major hurdle

THE previously undefeated NSW Swifts were upset by Adelaide 52-38 in the first ANZ Championship semi-final ACER Arena, Sydney, on Sunday night.

And like the 5500 fans who turned up expecting to see the Swifts record their 14th straight win, Lismore junior and Swifts reserve Kristy Durheim could only watch.

Durheim stayed on the bench throughout the match as a physical Thunderbirds side got the better of the minor premiers.

Shooters Catherine Cox (60 per cent) and Susan Pratley (71 per cent) were outshone by their rivals who connected on 85 per cent of their shots collectively.

Cox, who captains the side, left the court late in the match after playing the majority with a broken nose sustained in a head clash in the opening term.

Young gun Amy Wild found her mark with seven goals after replacing Cox as the favourites won the final quarter, but with just 38 goals in total the Swifts finished with their lowest ever score.

The Swifts have now relinquished their grand final-hosting privileges and will have to beat Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic which defeated Southern Steel 50-42 in their semi-final last night.



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