The Queensland Firebirds have trounced NSW Swifts 55-40 in their trans-Tasman netball competition clash.
Queensland Firebirds coach Roselee Jencke demanded more fight from her charges during a gruelling week of training that included a tough session on Good Friday.
And fight was exactly what she got as the Firebirds kept their sinking 2014 trans-Tasman netball championship finals hopes afloat with a rousing 55-40 win over the NSW Swifts in Brisbane on Sunday.
Two losses had dropped the Queenslanders to sixth on the ladder with six rounds left, effectively making each game sudden death.
It was a point Jenke rammed home during the week, denying her troops a public holiday rest in a bid to extract maximum hunger from them.
And the Firebirds responded by out-hussling, out-enthusing and outplaying the Swifts to keep them to easily their lowest score of the season.
The Firebirds’ towering Jamaican goal shooter Romelda Aiken was near unstoppable under the basket as her teammates controlled possession and picked her out at will.
Aiken used her 196cm frame to reel in the ball time after time on her way to a dominant 36 goals from 42 attempts.
“It’s just fight,” Jenke said. “We have to go for those one percenters, we have to be disciplined and we have to be accountable.
“We have to want it more than our opposition.
“It was really pleasing they brought that to the court today.
“Every game (from now on) is season defining for us.
“We can’t celebrate today, we’ve got to put our heads down and our bums up.”
Swifts coach Rob Wright conceded his team were beaten by a better side on the day, but said answers would need to come fast with just two competition points separating third from eighth on the competition ladder.
“I’m disappointed we didn’t match their enthusiasm,” he said.