Records galore broken as Aussie teams dominate


Records galore were broken in Sydney and Christchurch in a weekend of dominance from the Australian sides in the first `Trans Tasman’ round of the ANZ Championship.

The NSW Swifts thrashed Central Pulse in Sydney on Sunday afternoon, in the process setting two new team records while shooter Caitlin Thwaites (pictured above) also achieved some personal highs.

The 79-41 result was the Swifts highest ever score and greatest winning margin (38 goals) in the ANZ Championship.

Thwaites’ 50-goal haul – scored at 94 per cent accuracy – eclipsed her previous high of 47 goals scored when she was a Melbourne Vixen back in 2009.

She also set a new record for the most goals ever scored in an ANZ Championship match by a Swifts player, easily passing the previous mark of 43 held by Catherine Cox that had stood since Round 12 in 2009.

Vixens shooter Karyn Bailey, pictured right, made a dominant return from injury in her side’s comfortable 69-41 victory over the Mainland Tactix in Christchurch.

Bailey’s 50 goals was also a new record for a Vixens player – overtaking Thwaites’ 47-goal effort – in a match.

When she scored her 23rd goal Bailey also overtook the injured Tegan Philip (1477) as the Vixens’ all-time leading goalscorer. When she reached 45 goals that gave her 1500 ANZ Championship career goals.

The 21-goal victory was a fitting way for the Vixens to celebrate captain Madi Robinson’s 100th game.

West Coast Fever returned home from a fortnight in New Zealand on a high with a 58-44 victory over the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in Tauranga.

It was the first time that Fever has beaten the Magic on New Zealand soil and the 14-goal victory saw Stacey Rosman become the most successful coach in Fever’s history.

Fever returned from their fortnight across the Tasman in third spot on the Australian Conference ladder.

The Queensland Firebirds kicked off the round with a dominant 28-goal victory over the Northern Mystics in Brisbane – their highest winning margin against the Auckland-based side.

Shooter Romelda Aiken continued her impressive start to the season, topping the 50-goal mark (52 goals) for the second straight week, as the Firebirds stretched their winning streak to 19 matches ahead of a trip to Perth this round.

The only downside from the win was the ankle injury suffered by Gretel Tippett on the stroke of half-time.

Her absence for the second half allowed Chelsea Lemke to make her ANZ Championship debut, and the youngster looked solid alongside Aiken in the goal circle.

The Adelaide Thunderbirds remain winless after suffering a 69-54 defeat at Priceline Stadium against Southern Streel.

The New Zealand Conference ladder leaders took control of the match in the second term after an even opening and the Thunderbirds’ defenders couldn’t contain Steel shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who dominated under the ring with 60 goals.

Youngster Emily Burgess, called into the side as a replacement player for the weekend, was given some valuable court time at wing defence for over a quarter which will only help her development.