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Silver lining in Swifts heartbreak

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 31/07/2016

NSW Swifts coach Rob Wright has described Sunday's amazing trans-Tasman netball grand final as the best domestic game he's ever been involved with.

It was a case of so close yet so far - yet again - for the Swifts after their heartbreaking 69-67 double overtime loss to the Queensland Firebirds in Brisbane.

In last year's grand final, the Swifts led all match but were pipped by the Firebirds with 14 seconds remaining.

But Wright still maintained a sense of pride over his side's performance.

"I think that's the best game domestically I've ever seen," Wright said.

"I said to the group that last year's (grand final) - even though we were on the wrong end - it was something really incredible and really fantastic to be a part of and today I thought that took it to a new level.

"It was an incredible game and a privilege to be a part of it."

Scores were locked at both fulltime and after two seven-minute periods of added time, with Queensland taking the win in sudden-death play by becoming the first team to go two goals ahead.

Swifts skipper Kimberlee Green said she felt as if her side had let it slip, after dominating the early stages and smothering Firebirds ace Romelda Aiken under the ring.

"In extra time we just needed to get one more turnover from them and then we were in with a chance, Green said.

"Over the course of the game it was a real tussle up and down.

"We fought back in to draw the game and there were definitely times we thought we could win it, but it definitely takes more than sixty minutes as it turns out.

"It just wasn't good enough in the end."

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