Giants living up to name in Super Netball
NETBALL: They've only all been together less than a dozen times, but the Giants have claimed top spot in Super Netball with the biggest victory of the new competition so far.
The Giants took down wooden spoon contenders West Coast Fever at Qudos Bank Arena on Saturday night for the most emphatic win of the revamped national league.
A week after beating the Swifts by five in a thrilling season opener, the Giants controlled Saturday night's match from the opening whistle for the 66-51 win in front of a crowd of 5552.
"I feel like were 10 times better than last week which is really exciting, " said defender Bec Bulley.
"I think for three quarters of the game we played really well.
"But every week, as we spend more time together, we'll get better."
Kim Green was named MVP with Kristina Brice scoring 22 from 24, Jo Harten 29 from 34 and Susan Pettitt 15 from21.
While the victory was resounding, it is clear the new club will benefit from more time together after a pre-season interrupted by injury and the recent international Quad Series in South Africa and the UK involving four of their lineup.
It was the last Super Netball game in Sydney for a month with both the Giants and Swifts absent until the Swifts host the Magpies at Sydney Olympic Park in round six on March 26.
After two home games - and wins - the Giants now hit the road for matches against the Magpies in round three, the Firebirds in round four and the Thunderbirds in Canberra in round five before finally returning to Sydney for a rematch with the NSW Swifts in round seven on April 1.
On Saturday night the Giants made their presence felt early to lead 18-12 at the first break and then 35-22 at halftime.
By the three-quarter break, the Giants had opened up a 52-34 jump.
West Coast, who fell by five to the Adelaide Thunderbirds last round, are struggling to cover the loss of gun shooter Caitlin Bassett, poached by the new Sunshine Lighting team in the offseason, and go into the third round without a win.