There were tense scenes in a Super Netball clash on Sunday when two opposing captains got caught up in a heated exchange.
There were tense scenes in the Super Netball clash between the Sunshine Coast Lightning and the Giants on Sunday when their respective captains were involved in a heated exchange.
The stakes were high for both teams, who were desperate to continue their strong recent form and push into the top four after a slow start to the season.
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The Lightning suffered a huge blow when star goal shooter Cara Koenen was ruled out of the Round 7 match due to Covid health and safety protocols.
The Giants had the upper hand from the get-go and took an early lead thanks to the dominance of Sophie Dwyer in the shooting circle.
Dwyer couldn’t miss from the Super Shot zone and nailed several long range two-pointers to help the Giants pull away late in the second quarter.
Dwyer had a perfect 8/8 Super Shots as the Giants produced an excellent team performance to run away with a dominant 82-54 victory.
Giants goal defence April Brandley had eight rebounds and was named MVP for her efforts in completely stifling Lightning captain Steph Wood.
Wood appeared frustrated when she made a beeline for Giants skipper Jo Harten at three quarter time and had some stern words for her opposite number before they separated and went to their team huddles.
Harten looked puzzled and viewers were intrigued as to what Wood had to say to her.
“A little bit of verbal on the way out of the quarter time break between Steph Wood and Jo Harten,” commentator Will McCloy said on Fox Netball.
Former Australian Diamonds captain Laura Geitz said: “A little bit of tension there wasn’t it.
“You’ve got two of the most passionate players out on court going head to head. You don’t want to get on the wrong side of Steph Wood (and) you don’t want to get on the wrong side of Jo Harten.
“Who knows what was said but clearly there was a little bit of tension in the air. Two captains of these clubs — it’s sometimes good but it’s sometimes bad for the rest of the players to see the captain, the leader of the team feeling frustrated.
“If you’re captain’s feeling frustrated and is happy to show that frustration then particularly when she’s got young players then they sort of go, ‘Oh gosh, what’s happening out here?’.”
It’s unclear what was said but netball fans were calling for lip-readers to decipher what Wood was frustrated about.
Wood had an amicable chat with Harten after the full-time whistle and appeared to put to bed any ill-will.
Geitz said: “They look like they’re friends again — Steph Wood and Jo Harten. Just clearing up whatever little miscommunication there was at third quarter.”
The massive 28-point win was the Giants’ fourth victory of the season and sees them leap up into the top four at the halfway mark of the season.