Adelaide impressed, the Giants rule NSW, the Vixens survived the fast finishing Firebirds and the Fever set a new scoring record in a wild Round 1.
Dan Ryan returned to Suncorp Super Netball in style, the Melbourne Vixens outpointed a championship contender and the Adelaide Thunderbirds revealed a mighty upside on the opening round of fixtures.
Dry eyes difficult to find, however, as NSW Swifts favourite Sam Wallace’s season – ending knee injury tipped the balance of power away from defending champions.
Netty in a nutshell
The only upside of Sam Wallace’s torn anterior cruciate ligament injury is that the NSW Swifts have experience taking care of their own.
They wrapped themselves around Matty Proud in 2019 when the captain had her own knee injury and the club will do the same for Wallace, the big game specialist who shone in both the 2019 and 2021 grand finals.
“It’s going to haunt a lot of us for a long time,” Proud told Fox Netball.
“The kind of screams that came from Sam, and obviously the way it happened I think anyone in that stadium would put two and two together and know the devastation and the pain in her face… it makes me emotional just thinking about it.
Coach Briony Akle’s talented outfit has time to reset. Still, the loss of such a pivotal figure will send a shockwave through the competition.
Most had the Swifts positioned as twop two contenders, a prospect now under siege in such a hotly contested league.
The Vixens and Giants Netball’s impressive starts to the season almost guarantees a re-shaped top four.