T&T’s Samantha “Sniper’ Wallace had a personal-best shooting performance as the New South Wales Swifts won their third straight match, claiming a strong victory over the West Coast Fever 80-66 in the Suncorp Super Netball League at Quaycentre, Sydney, Australia, yesterday.
By scoring 80-goals, led by 25-year-old goal shoot Wallace’s 62 from 66 attempts for 94 per cent shooting accuracy, the Swifts tied the league’s single game goals record set by Sunshine Coast Lightning in Round Two.
And it was the Fever led by Jamaican Jhaniele Fowler’s 17 from 17 attempts and Kaylia Stanton (2/4) who were able get a handle on the first quarter, rattling a normally settled Swifts to take a 19-14 lead, despite Wallace’s 11 goals from 12 attempts and England international, goal attack, Helen Housby, four from as many attempts.
However, the Swifts changed up their mid-court during the quarter time break, switching captain Maddy Proud from centre to wing attack, a direct swap with Paige Hadley.
The Toco-born Wallace who passed the 1000 goals mark in the league in Round Two was perfect in the final period with 16 goals while Housby was also flawless, with seven while their defence limited Fowler to 12 from 13 attempts, and Stanton to three from five.
Speaking on her personal record goal output, Wallace said she was extremely proud of her performance.
She added, "I know have the ability to be the best in the world, but I just need to believe more in myself and have that confidence that my coaches have in me as they repeatedly tell me I need to believe in myself and trust the process some more, and with the help of my team-mates I know I can do a lot more."
With a season tally of 139 goals from 146 attempts Wallace is only second to Fowler (150/156) while another Jamaica, Shimona Nelson is third with 131 from 151.
The T&T standout is also fourth on the Most Nissan Net Points table with 265 to trail team-mate Paige Hadley (326), Adelaide Thunderbirds' Jamaican, Shamera Sterling (295.5), and Fowler (290) after being named to the Round Three Team of the Week.
Wallace who garnered 126.5 points from the match was joined by team-mates, Housby (95), and Hadley (134.5), West Coast Fever wing attack Ingrid Colyer (86), Sunshine Coast Lightning Karla goal defence Pretorus (79), goal keep Sterling (109.5) and Melbourne Vixens wing defence Renae Ingles (84).
With the win and three bonus points for three quarter victories as well, the Swifts improved to 22 points, one behind fellow unbeaten club, Melbourne Vixens, 58-42 winners over Adelaide Thunderbirds.
New South Wales Swifts 80 (Samantha Wallace 62/66, Helen Housby 18/18) vs West Coast Fever 66 (Jhaniele Fowler 48/50, Kaylia Stanton 18/23)
Quarter scores: 1st. 15-19 Fever; 2nd. 22-18 Swifts (37-37); 3rd. 20-14 Swifts (57-51); 4th. 23-15 Swifts (80-66).