Tremendous Netball’s controversial tremendous shot has delivered on its crowd-pleasing potential, as Sunshine Coast Lightning launched the 2020 season with a 66-48 win towards Queensland Firebirds in Brisbane.

The Lightning’s win was adopted by West Coast Fever’s 74-62 triumph towards Adelaide Thunderbirds, with Jhaniele Fowler sinking 53 targets for the victors to finish the double-header.

The courageous Firebirds have been overpowered within the final quarter of the native derby by the Lightning’s extra skilled and stronger our bodies in a revealing opening conflict of the coronavirus pandemic-delayed 2020 season.

Sunshine Coast trailed by as a lot as 9 targets within the first half however — in internationals Laura Langman, Stephanie Wooden and Karla Pretorius — the Lightning had an excessive amount of class within the fourth time period.

Kylee Byrne held her nerve in her first recreation because the membership’s head coach, thanks largely to an enormous end from Wooden, who shot 10-from-11 tremendous pictures in her 14-goal haul.

Regardless of some early promise, Firebirds shooters Romelda Aiken (26/33) and Tippah Dwan (11/17) have been unable to offer the influence their group wanted within the second half.

Firebirds teen Dwan, who was promoted to the squad this season within the absence of pregnant sharpshooter Gretel Bueta, grew to become the primary participant to capitalise on the tremendous shot.

The brand new rule rewards the shooter with two factors from targets scored within the outer half of the taking pictures circle within the final 5 minutes of every quarter.

The Firebirds objective assault sank two tremendous pictures for the primary quarter handy final 12 months’s picket spooners a shock eight-goal quarter-time lead over the two-time champions.

Strategically, the Energy 5 interval has already change into a significant recreation changer, with each coaches utilizing the closing stretch of every quarter to inject long-range specialists.

Simply as Dwan ripped open the primary quarter, Wooden shot five-from-five tremendous pictures to single-handedly drag her facet again into the competition.

Fever open season with a bang

Fowler did many of the injury of her 53 targets from shut vary, barely needing the help of the tremendous shot because the Fever crushed the Thunderbirds.


Till Wednesday morning, the Perth-based Fever have been getting ready themselves for a season-opening showdown with the Giants in Sydney.

However video games in New South Wales have been rescheduled as a result of coronavirus pandemic, with the Fever as an alternative packing their baggage for a Queensland task.

Fever objective shooter Fowler was the dominant determine within the first half. Her anticipated duel with Jamaican teammate, Adelaide’s Shamera Sterling, was not the gripping battle the Thunderbirds had hoped for.

It was no disgrace Sterling was unable to tame the 198-centimetre shooter, whose power and physique positioning made her virtually not possible to cease close to the put up.

The brand new-look Thunderbirds, pushed within the centre by Maisie Nankivell, pressured their opponents within the third quarter and stayed in contact because of a trio of tremendous pictures from Samantha Gooden.

Regardless of at occasions fielding 5 internationals on the court docket, the Thunderbirds couldn’t stick with the West Australians.