NETBALL: Magpies captain Madi Robinson admits her team's opening Super Netball win was a relief, but the side is now focused on stepping up again in its first home match against the Giants.
After being upstaged by the Melbourne Vixens in the opening round, the flag favourites claimed their first win with a 54-50 victory over Queensland Firebirds in Brisbane on Saturday night.
The match gave Magpies centre and former Firebirds star Kim Ravaillion the perfect return to her one-time home court as she was named the match MVP.
Robinson said the team's first-ever victory had been a special moment for the players, but they quickly switched their focus to finding more improvement on Saturday night against the Giants.
"I think it was that sense of relief, game one is done," Robinson said.
"It was a pretty special moment when the final whistle went and we knew that we had won.
"It was like this is a big thing, not only just for us being involved here at the courts, but also the club. It's something very special to be a part of that very first win for the Magpies netball team.
"There were some really good passages ... obviously we were up by a bit and we let them come back in so that is something we will have to address this week.
"I think there are some really positive signs to build on ... but it's good to get that first win and maybe that little monkey off the back a little bit.''
The Magpies showed glimpses of the how strong their Diamond-studded line-up could be with their blistering ball movement through the midcourt.
Robinson had special praise for young goal attack Alice Teague-Neeld, who shot 22 goals for the match after struggling to make an impact against the Vixens in round one.
"It was awesome to see Alice come back fighting really strong,'' Robinson said.
"I think she really stood up and we are all so proud of her to be able to come through like that from her week last week.''
The Magpies face another of the league's three new teams - the Giants - in their round three clash at Hisense Arena in a double header ahead of the Vixens-Swifts match.
Robinson hoped their pre-season hit-outs against the Giants would help give them insight.
"We had a bit of a practice match against them, which is probably a nice positive thing to be able to go all right we know certain players," Robinson said.
"Just like us, they probably know individual players really well, but as a collective team what are they going to put out there?
"They have obviously got really strong shooting power and a really tight, quick and fast midcourt.
"I think the most important thing for us will be to make sure we go out really strong in the first quarter and try and get a bit of a lead, we don't want to be chasing."
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