成都楼凤性息论坛

成都夜生活

Super Netball: Giants’ Sam Poolman stands tall against Swifts

Sam beats nerves and Swifts in opener Sam Poolman defends against Sam Wallace.
成都夜生活

Sam Poolman defends against Helen Housby.

Sam Poolman defends against Sam Wallace.

Giants fans on Saturday night.

Giants fans on Saturday night.

Giants fans on Saturday night.

TweetFacebook Sam Poolman, Giants v SwiftsPictures: Getty ImagesSam Poolman walked out on court at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday and saw a sea of orange.

Coach Julie Fitzgerald had told Poolman and her Giants teammates to soak up the moment as the start-up club launched a new era in n netball.

The Giants were clear favourites against a young Swifts line-up in the first Sydney derby and opening match of Super Netball.

The newcomers prevailed 58-53 after trailing for most of the game, and Poolman was relieved to have the first round out of the way after a lead-up full of hype.

“There were lots of things, I guess, on our shoulders and a lot to play for,” the 25-year-old goal keeper from Newcastle said on Sunday.

“I don’t think I took a breath the entire gameI was so nervous, and I think that kind of showed for us, definitely in thefirst half.

“But to our credit we dug ourselves out of a bad situation we’d put ourselves in.”

Giants captain Kimberlee Green was full of praise for the way Poolman and veteran goal defence Bec Bulley handled Swifts imports Sam Wallace and Helen Housby.

“Defenders are doing a bloody great job. In attack we need to keep rewarding them for that,” Green said.

Giants fans dominated the crowd in what was a home game for the new club, which is affiliated with the GWS Giants AFL franchise.

“It was a huge moment for our club and for us and all the people who have put in all the work to make yesterday happen,” Poolman said.

“We walked out and the whole crowd was wearing orange, which was pretty incredible seeing we’re a new club. It was really cool.”

The Giants play at Sydney SuperDome on Saturday night against West Coast in the second game of a double-header with the Swifts.

Comments are disabled.