Adelaide Thunderbirds win major semifinal

DANIELA ABBRACCIAVENTO
Last updated 16:20 30/06/2013

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Adelaide Thunderbirds have secured a home grand final in the trans-Tasman Netball Championships, following a final quarter burst to overcome Melbourne Vixens 49-39 in their major semifinal on Sunday.

Vixens champion goal shooter, Sharelle McMahon was rested in the first term, but when Melbourne trailed 12-8 at quarter time, the decision was made to give her the job in goal attack.

McMahon provided the much needed fire power for the visitors who outscored the Thunderbirds in the second term, 13 goals to eight, putting them 21-20 ahead at the main break at Netball SA Stadium .

The Vixens shut off Adelaide's mid-court run throughout the match and defenders Geva Mentor and Bianca Chatfield suffocated Thunderbirds' goalies Erin Bell and Carla Borrego.

Characteristically, the home side was not going to give up and, led by captain Nat von Bertouch, the Thunderbirds fought back hard in the final quarter.

An intercept by goal keeper Sharni Layton handed Adelaide the momentum and helped her team to a 10 goal win.

Adelaide will have a break next week while Melbourne Vixens will face the winner of Sunday night's minor semi-final between Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic v Queensland Firebirds.

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