Firebirds refreshed and ready for tough run home

Queensland Firebirds defender Kate Shimmin says the group are feeling refreshed coming off the bye weekend, as they push to play Suncorp Super Netball finals.

The Firebirds currently sit outside the top four behind Magpies Netball Club by a single point, every result crucial as the competition heats up in the second half of the season.

“(The break) was a really good refreshing weekend for all of us,” Shimmin said.

“We have a really tough second half of the season coming our way with who we need to play against and our position on the ladder, so the bye weekend was perfect timing.”

With four wins, three losses and a draw to their name, Shimmin emphasised unity and striving for continuous improvement would drive the Firebirds’ finals pursuit.

The aim is to not only play finals in the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball season, but to play in the Grand Final, a place the group are all too familiar with.

“It’s really important that we stick really close together as a group and keep working on our weaknesses and developing our game plan even further,” the 25-year-old explained.

“Not only do we get along well off the court, but week by week our combinations are just growing and getting stronger.

“Our culture at the Firebirds, we have high expectations and we have every expectation that we will be in that Grand Final, not only play finals.”

This weekend the Firebirds host West Coast Fever in the second match of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre Round 9 double header.

Last time these two teams met, it was the Firebirds who took a convincing 13-goal win.

“We’ll be focusing on ourselves, we really want to play a good solid 60 minutes of work and make sure that we execute our game plan for that entire time.”

The Queensland Firebirds will host West Coast Fever in the second match of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre double header at 8.45pm local time. Get your tickets now or tune in live on 9Gem and the Netball Live App.