Quick Super Netball turnaround for Vitality Roses

SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 12: Layla Guscoth of the Thunderbirds and Sophie Garbin of the Swifts compete for the ball during the round three Super Netball match between the NSW Swifts and the Adelaide Thunderbirds at University of Sunshine Coast Stadium on August 12, 2020 in Sunshine Coast, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

The Super Netball Vitality Roses are facing a quick turnaround between matches as Round Four takes place this weekend following a full set of midweek fixtures.

Vitality Roses Geva Mentor (Collingwood Magpies) and Stacey Francis (West Coast Fever) will go head to head with their respective sides.

Magpies will be looking to make it a second win on the bounce after beating Queensland Firebirds 54-58 in Round Three.

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After an impressive 62-74 victory over Adelaide Thunderbirds to start the season, West Coast Fever have suffered back-to-back defeats against NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball recently and will be out to halt their winless streak.

Jo Harten picked up the Player of the Match accolade in GIANTS Netball’s last outing and they’ll now be looking to build on their maiden win of the campaign against Queensland Firebirds.

The goal attack notched up 22 goals (16 goals, 6 Super Shots) and 19 feeds in her 50th game for the club.

Round Four is the first time Helen Housby and Natalie Haythornthwaite won’t come up against any of their international teammates as they face Mentor’s former club Sunshine Coast Lightning.

After a convincing 66-51 win over Adelaide Thunderbirds in Round Three, NSW Swifts have made the perfect start to their title defence.

One huge positive for Thunderbirds, and Vitality Roses fans alike, from their last outing was the return of Layla Guscoth.

After three appearances for Newton Jaguars Netball Club in the Netball SA Premier League over the past two weeks, the England international played 35 minutes in her first Super Netball match of 2020.

Next up for Thunderbirds, whose Head Coach is Tania Obst, is a clash against Melbourne Vixens at the USC Stadium (University of Sunshine Coast Stadium).

You can catch up on how all the Vitality Roses fared in Round Three and watch the match highlights here.

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