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MAGAZINE Volume 1, Issue 4 GIANTS Netball v Magpies Netball Suncorp Super Netball - Round 9 | 23 Apr 2017 Qudos Bank Arena GIANTSMAGAZINE 1


YOU’VE GOT THE BALL, WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK WE ARE NOW GIANTS NETBALL

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SAM POOLMAN FEATURE

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GIANTS NEWS

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TEAM PROFILES

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HEAD 2 HEAD COACH’S LAST WORDS

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WELCOME We’re excited to open today’s BLOCKBUSTER Double Header Event at Qudos Bank Arena! If Round 2 is anything to go by, those here in the crowd are in for a netball delight with two Suncorp Super Netball games played back-to-back. And this time, there’s State Rivalry at stake. GIANTS Netball will co-host our Victorian rivals – Collingwood Magpies Netball and Melbourne Vixens – with the NSW Swifts, and we all know there’s nothing better than beating the VICs. The Magpies have undoubtedly one of the best and most experienced line-ups in the competition, so we will need to be switched on from the first centre pass. T o give us the extra edge, I encourage all our GIANTS Netball Members and Fans to stand and cheer loud for us. Your support is crucial to helping us over the line, and we will need it again today in what is a hotly anticipated re-match from Round 3. Let’s bring it home GIANTS!

Julie Fitzgerald Head Coach

THEME GIVE FOR A GOAL ROUND Throughout Round 9, Suncorp Super Netball is fundraising for the Confident Girls Foundation with the Give for a Goal campaign. The campaign is calling on our grassroots community to come together to raise money to help vulnerable girls to thrive. Clubs, Associations, schools and individuals all around Australia are asked to ‘Give for a Goal’ and help raise money for the Confident Girls Foundation. For more info visit confidentgirls.com.au.

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2017 SEASON DRAW NSW HOME

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SUN 7 MAY | 1:00PM

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SAM POOLMAN ALL IN THE FAMILY

Netball is a family affair. It’s not just players who ride the blood, sweat and tears training everyday but those closest to them who often come along for the journey. Take any well respected sportsperson and you can be sure there’s a great support network around them. The rewards in professional sport can be wonderful but the path to success is almost always shared and rarely taken alone. Sam Poolman has never forgotten this. Every time the GIANTS defender takes the court she’s not just representing the Club, her native Newcastle and New South Wales, but her close-knit family who gave her a chance in the first place. The path to representing her home state at the elite level may have been the long way around – Poolman cut her teeth with the Adelaide Thunderbirds after starring for NSW at underage levels – but even from afar she was always keen on repaying her family’s faith. “I have been really lucky with how my family has supported me and given me every chance to succeed,” Poolman says.

one of millions of Australians affected everyday by the insidious disease. “I was in South Australia when my grandad was at his worst and it is so hard to imagine what it must be like for someone forgetting who they are, and those they love,” she says. “This was really affecting my family, who were so supportive of me, and I wanted to do something to help.” Despite being in another state, Poolman decided to be proactive. Using her profile as an elite athlete, she touched base with Alzheimer’s South Australia to see if there was anything she could do to raise awareness about the disease. Needless to say, the help was greatly appreciated.

“Getting to play for the GIANTS and having the chance to represent my home State is a dream come true”

“I had my Mum, Dad, brothers and grandparents who were just amazing and a real work ethic was instilled in us from an early age which I think has been of huge value to me in my netball career.” A particularly special relationship for Poolman was the one she had with her maternal grandfather, Gordon. A hardworking family man, Poolman has inherited the same noholds-barred attitude when it comes to her game. Australians love their sport, but often the hardest battles are at home. The fight against Alzheimer’s disease is one such battle that families can’t forget after the final whistle. For Poolman, one of the saddest days in her life came when she lost grandad Gordon to Alzheimer’s, becoming

When the call came from GIANTS Netball Head Coach Julie Fitzgerald about moving back to her home state to play for Netball NSW’s second professional franchise, Poolman jumped at the chance but was also keen to ensure her Alzheimer’s awareness work wouldn’t fall by the wayside.

“Getting to play for the GIANTS and having the chance to represent my home State is a dream come true and it also brings me closer to my family,” she adds. “When I got back here I touched base with Alzheimer’s NSW to say I would like to help like I did in SA and they have been amazing. “What really drives me to do this is my grandmother. She met my grandad when they were both just 14 years old and for her to lose him like that was so upsetting. “My family have given me so much down the years so me helping to raise Alzheimer’s awareness is the least I can do.” Poolman walks the walk on court and she’s more than prepared to do the same off it. No doubt Grandad Gordon would be proud. GIANTSMAGAZINE GIANTSMAGAZINE

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Tania Obst has been wearing two hats this year, as our GIANTS Netball Assistant Coach and the Australian 21/U Head Coach. It’s the latter that made news recently, with Obst naming the 24-player Australian Squad to prepare for the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana later this year.

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GIANT #11 After being called in as temporary replacement for the Round 7 NSW Derby, Sarah Wall took the court in the Wing Attack bib during the third quarter to become our 11th GIANTS Netball player. Sarah was called in to the team to cover for her good friend, and our injured Captain, Kimberlee Green, and coincidentally took the court in place of her other good friend, Taylah Davies. Further proof netball is one big happy family! Congratulations Sarah and welcome to the GIANTS Netball Family!

L-R: Julie Fitzgerald (Head Coach, GIANTS Netball), Ben Cottle (Managing Director, FDC) Carolyn Campbell (CEO, Netball NSW) and Blake Cottle (Director, FDC)

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BRONZE FINISH FOR GIANTS The Canberra GIANTS have capped off a stunning debut Australian Netball League season, finishing with a Bronze Medal at the Finals Series held in Perth, WA on 8-9 April. After falling to eventual Champions - and hosts - Western Sting 66-72 in the Semi Final, which went into Extra Time, the GIANTS met QLD Fusion in the Preliminary Final to play-off for third place. It was another thrilling contest, fitting for Finals netball, with the third place play-off also going into Extra Time. However on this occasion the GIANTS were able to finish strong, eventually running away to a 71-64 victory to claim the Bronze Medal. Congratulations to Western Sting, who defeated reigning Premiers VIC Fury 63-47 to claim their maiden ANL title.

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COACH’S LAST WORDS After a tough first half of the season, Clubs eagerly embraced the Bye Round to allow sore and tired bodies a chance to rest. But a week off can also disrupt momentum, and a coach knows only too well the dangers of the Bye week. The Magpies are no doubt a talented unit and on their day can produce stunning netball. Our Round 3 contest at Hisense Arena is one of my highlights of the season to date – it was a strong contest from start to finish, and I think one of our best games so far. I believe what got us the win was our refusal to move away from the game plan, working efficiently and patiently in attack, and never giving up our pressure over the ball. We will need more of the same when we step out on court today.

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WITH KRISTINA BRICE DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS Amusing, Loyal and Punny. FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION Germany. CELEBRITY CRUSH Dave Franco. WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE Scarlett Johansson. THREE THINGS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Gypsy (My Puppy), Phone and Music. BEST NETBALL ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser. YOUR PRE-GAME RITUAL My dress is the last thing that I put on before the game, everything else has to be done beforehand including hair and strapping. FAVOURITE SPORTSPERSON OF ALL TIME Steven Bradbury. SHARE SOMETHING ABOUT YOU WE WOULDN’T KNOW I managed to convince the physiotherapist to clear me to play netball when I was 11 after breaking my arm.

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EXPERIENCE ONE GOOD THING AFTER ANOTHER IN CANBERRA THIS MAY Prepare to experience one good thing after another when you visit Canberra this Mother’s Day, as the GIANTS return to the AIS Arena for the Round 12 clash with the Vixens on 14 May. Whether it’s world-class wining and dining, iconic national treasures or a huge weekend of sport, everything is just moments away. Netball attracts a major following, with thousands flocking to see their local sporting champions every weekend during the season. With elite netball now a feature, the sport’s profile will be further enhanced, building the pathways for the best athletes from the region. GIANTS Netball have embraced the ACT and regional New South Wales, proudly bringing Suncorp Super Netball to a passionate audience, and while it might be your support of the GIANTS (or Vixens!) that attracts you to the capital, there is so much to see and do that it’ll be a very special weekend for mum. If arts and culture is your thing, Canberra has you covered with a multitude of galleries and museums to explore and discover more about Australia’s history. The kids will love Questacon’s new exhibition Above and Beyond presented by Boeing in collaboration with NASA, or the Canberra Glassworks, where they can create a unique flower just for Mother’s Day. Refuel in the inner-city foodie precincts of Braddon, NewActon and the Kingston Foreshore – where you’ll find a delicious combination of hipster coffee shops, innovative cafes and award-winning restaurants – or spend the day sampling the Canberra region’s cool climate wines, with more than 30 cellar doors located within 35 minutes’ drive of Canberra. When it comes to Canberra, you never know what unexpected wonders are waiting around the corner. For more travel inspiration for your GIANTS Mother’s Day weekend, head to visitcanberra.com.au

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Give for a Goal WHAT IS THE CONFIDENT GIRLS FOUNDATION? The Confident Girls Foundation aims to provide opportunities for vulnerable girls to thrive through netball. Using netball as a delivery tool, we are assisting vulnerable girls and their communities to overcome gender, social and cultural barriers. We want them to recognise that they have the skills and capabilities to achieve their dreams. We raise funds, and distribute them to our netball Member Organisations across Australia who run inclusive programs, building resilience. Through netball, the Confident Girls Foundation is creating opportunities for girls to come together and build confidence, empowerment, leadership, acceptance, and a sense of belonging, transforming confident girls into confident women.

GET INVOLVED IN THE ‘GIVE FOR A GOAL’ FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN Give for a Goal - helping vulnerable girls reach their goals. The Give for a Goal campaign is calling on the grassroots netball community to come together to raise money to help vulnerable girls to thrive. Clubs, associations, schools, and individuals all around Australia are asked to ‘Give for a Goal’ and raise money for Confident Girls Foundation. You can get involved by: Give for a Goal: • Select a game / round to Give for a Goal. Ask friends, family, and peers to pledge a dollar amount for each goal scored in the selected game. • Clubs, associations or schools can give a dollar amount for every goal scored in a weekend of netball. By playing the sport you love, you will be having a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable girls. •

Set your own goal: • Set a goal you want to raise and come up with your own fundraising idea. • Ask friends and family to get involved. • Visit confidentgirls.com.au for information, resources and sign up today

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NEWS O’BRIEN NAMED IN NWYC SQUAD NSW Swifts rookie Claire O’Brien has been named in the Australian 21/U Squad, which was announced by Netball Australia on Tuesday 11 April. O’Brien, alongside Swifts Training Partner Rudi Ellis, were included in the 24-athlete squad which was selected by Australian World Youth Cup Head Coach Tania Obst, alongside national selector Jill McIntosh and Netball Australia’s General Manager Pathways Stacey West, following athletes’ performances in Suncorp Super Netball and the Australian Netball League. The final 12-athlete Team to contest the 2017 Netball World Youth Cup in Gaborone, Botswana, will be named later in the year. Congrats COB and Rudi!

NSW SWIFTS HIGH TEA Join the NSW Swifts for a delightful afternoon of delicious treats and conversation at the Club’s annual High Tea at the Genea Netball Centre on Tuesday 9 May. Share some fabulous food, stories and a few laughs too as you mingle with your favourite netballers away from the pressures of the court and media spotlight. Tickets are on-sale now; $70 for 2017 NSW Swifts Members and $80 for General Public. To save your seat, visit nswswifts.com.au to see how.

REGISTER YOUR CRAZY HAIR & SOCK DAY! The Club’s last home game at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre in Round 8 was a lot of fun, full of colour and celebrations as our Swifts Family got behind the Swifts’ Official Charity Round in support of The Kids’ Cancer Project. In 2017, Crazy Hair & Sock Day will officially be held on Saturday 20 May and we’re encouraging all our incredible Members and Fans to get behind the initiative and host your own fundraising idea to support TKCP. You can hold it on 20th May, or any time this year! But you must register via thekidscancerproject.com.au. Whether it’s your Club or Association, School or Workplace – we can all do our part to raise vital funds for the incredible work TKCP do in childhood cancer research.

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BREAKFAST BERRY PARFAIT Method

Acai and Mixed Berry Chia Pudding • 3 tbsp Bioglan Organic Chia seeds

½ tsp vanilla extract (optional)

2 tsp Bioglan Organic Acai + Berry Powder

1 tbsp Bioglan Organic Coconut Sugar, or to taste

¼ cup Frozen mixed berries (thawed and pureed)

Overnight Oats

Acai & Mixed Berry Chia Pudding 1. Add ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well combined. 2. Cover and let sit for 2-3 minutes. 3. Stir mixture again to prevent chia seeds from clumping, and then chill in the fridge for minimum 4 hours (can be left to chill overnight). Chocolate Overnight Oats 1. Add ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well combined. 2. Seal with lid and chill in the fridge for 4 hours (can be left to chill overnight). Coconut Whipped Cream 1. Open chilled can and scoop solid white coconut cream into a bowl, leaving the remaining water at the bottom of can. 2. Add maple syrup and vanilla extract to coconut cream. Using an electric hand mixer, beat until smooth.

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1 heaped tbsp Bioglan Organic Cacao Powder

2 tbsp Bioglan Coconut Sugar, or to taste

¼ cup Bioglan Organic Chia seeds

¾ cup rolled oats

Coconut Whipped Cream

Bioglan Bites Coconut + Cacao

Bioglan Coconut Chips

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½ tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp maple syrup, or to taste

1 can full-fat coconut milk, chilled in fridge for 24 hours

To assemble parfait… 1. Once chia pudding and oats are ready, scoop in whipped coconut cream to the bottom of glass or jar. 2. Add chocolate overnight oats on top. 3. Follow with acai and mixed berries chia pudding. 4. Continue to repeat layers until the top of jar or glass. 5. Top parfait with Bioglan Coconut Chips or toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

Stay tuned to NSW Swifts social media where we will share Paige’s finished Breakfast Berry Parfait with our Swifts Family!

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Date of Birth: 4 Dec 1993 Height: 174cm Position/Role: C/WA Caps: 52

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Sarah Klau

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Date of Birth: 12 Feb 1990 Height: 178cm Position/Role: WD/C Caps: 62

Amy Sommerville Date of Birth: 21 Mar 1993 Height: 180cm Position/Role: GS/GA Caps: 6

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MATCH CENTRE

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LAST TIME WE MET It was a gutsy performance from the NSW Swifts when they travelled to Hisense Arena to meet the Melbourne Vixens in Round 3. A classic NSW v VIC contest, the Vixens had the upper hand for the majority of the 60 minutes. But the Swifts weren’t satisfied to go without a fight, clawing back a six-goal deficit with minutes to play to draw scores level within the last 10 seconds of the match to come home with one point; final score 59-59.

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West Coast Fever

8:45PM | HISENSE ARENA

5:00PM | QUDOS BANK ARENA (DOUBLE HEADER)

5:00PM | SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK SPORTS CENTRE

ROUND 2 | SAT 25 FEB

ROUND 1 | SAT 18 FEB

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Adelaide Thunderbirds 9:30PM | HBF STADIUM

8:30PM | BRISBANE CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE

ROUND 5 | FRI 17 MAR

ROUND 4 | FRI 10 MAR

QLD Firebirds

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ROUND 8 | SUN 9 APR

ROUND 7 | SAT 1 APR

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Melbourne Vixens ROUND 6 | SUN 26 MAR

1:00PM | SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK SPORTS CENTRE

West Coast Fever

Adelaide Thunderbirds

ROUND 9 | SUN 23 APR

Sunshine Coast Lightning Melbourne Vixens

ROUND 10 | SAT 29 APR

ROUND 11 | FRI 5 MAY

3:00PM | QUDOS BANK ARENA (DOUBLE HEADER)

ROUND 12 | SAT 13 MAY

5:00PM | QUDOS BANK ARENA (DOUBLE HEADER)

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ROUND 14 | SAT 27 MAY

ROUND 13 | SAT 20 MAY

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a chilled determination Sydney might be a long way from Trinidad & Tobago, but with a family like the NSW Swifts home never feels far away for Sam Wallace. One of the most exciting players to have emerged this season, Wallace has been a sensation for the young NSW outfit since making her debut in Round 1. A star of the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015, the 23-year-old already had some profile before taking up a contract with the Swifts. But her quick rise to fan favourite in a matter of weeks has taken even Wallace by surprise. “What I love most about being with the Swifts is the teammates, coaches, staff and fans,” Wallace says with a big smile on her face. “It is like a really big family which is very important to me as where I’m from is quite far from here. “Everyone has been so welcoming, and that is what I was looking for. Everyone looks out for everyone else, makes sure you are feeling good, so it is a great place to be and it is something I really cherish.” Leaving home to pursue a netball dream is nothing new for Wallace. Growing up in the small village of Toco in north-east Trinidad, Wallace spent hours on the road to get to training or games. When the chance came to play in the English Super League, Wallace jumped at the chance and

soon set the competition alight with her abilities. A star turn in both the Netball World Cup and English Super League, Wallace was soon in Rob Wright’s sights with the Head Coach offering her an opportunity to test her athletic ability and raw talent in the world’s best netball competition; Suncorp Super Netball. “I love the netball here in Australia as it is so much faster than anything I have played before,” Wallace says. “The competitiveness is also so much more intense and I have had to move with that. “I really, really like how the game is played and don’t think I’d be able to readjust to the slower pace anymore.”

“I loved the way she would get a crowd going and how she was able to stand up to players who might be bigger than her. It was then that I thought I would love to play in the same team as her. “She is so slim but she can really take a hit and keep going and that’s what I love. I want us to form an unstoppable partnership – that is what I want for the future.” Which will be music to the Swifts Family’s ears, and in particular Rob Wright who Wallace says has been great at adding more layers to her game. “His coaching style is nothing like I have ever had before,” she says.

“I love the netball here in Australia as it is so much faster than anything I have played before” A real highlight for Wallace has been her growing partnership with fellow international shooter, Helen Housby. Like Wallace, the English representative made her Australian debut in 2017 after playing in the English Super League and it was there that Wallace first noticed her now shooting partner. “I remember playing against Helen in England when I was with Mavericks and she was with the Thunder,” Wallace adds.

“My coach at the Trinidad & Tobago national team is a man and sometimes I feel like I listen more to a male coach, but Rob is so good a breaking the game down for me and helping to improve the whole team. “I just love working with him.” Given the love bestowed to Wallace already it seems the Swifts Family are loving what she does for him on the court too.

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Welcome ROB WRIGHT

Welcome back to Qudos Bank Arena, a happy hunting ground for the NSW Swifts. It was awesome stepping out in front of 6,700-plus people in Round 2 when we took on the Adelaide Thunderbirds, and can’t wait to hear your cheers again today. We’ll need our entire Swifts Family in full voice as it’s sure to be tough out on court against the Melbourne Vixens. I’m a big fan of the way they play; they’re quick, skilful and sharp, so we will need to be on from the very first whistle or risk being left behind.

We’re excited for the challenge. There’s nothing better than the NSW v VIC rivalry, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the next chapter plays out today. Cheer loud Swifts Family! Rob Wright Head Coach

SAM WALLACE

Our international shooter shares her love of Australia and the Swifts

MATCH CENTRE

NSW Swifts and Melbourne Vixens player profiles.

SELF CERTIFIED Emma Tickner

IN THE KITCHEN

Paige Hadley whips up a delicious breakfast option to have on the go

CLUB NEWS

GET READY FOR A SUPER DOUBLE HEADER! Round 14 may be the last regular round of the season, but it’s going to be SUPER SIZED! Not only will it be the third and final Double Header Event at Qudos Bank Arena for 2017, it’s also… SUPER HEROES ROUND! Dust off those capes, get out those magic wands, get ready to fight evil…we want to see the entire NSW crowd in their best super heroes outfits, as the players do incredible, super-impressive feats on court.

Plus, we’ll be keeping a SUPER close eye on some of our favourite, best dressed outfits to win SUPER prizes. Will it be you? Join us in Round 14 and celebrate the final regular round of Suncorp SUPER Netball!

Round up of all the latest NSW Swifts news

CONFIDENT GIRLS Suncorp Super Netball celebrates Give for a Goal throughout Round 9

The Team EDITOR Victoria Bain WRITERS Shane de Barra DESIGNER Dominion ADVERTISING Jennifer Silva, Tim Underwood PHOTOGRAPHY Narelle Spangher, Getty Images Contact us PHONE +61 2 9951 5000 EMAIL nswswifts@netballnsw.com WEBSITE nswswifts.com.au FACEBOOK nswswifts INSTAGRAM @nswswifts TWITTER @nswswifts YOUTUBE nswswiftstv

2017 RESULTS W

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ROUND 2

ROUND 1

VIXENS 59 SWIFTS 59

SWIFTS 54 TBIRDS 44

GIANTS 58 SWIFTS 53

L FIREBIRDS 62 SWIFTS 53 ROUND 4

L FEVER 50 SWIFTS 45 ROUND 5

L SWIFTS 54 MAGPIES 55 ROUND 6

L SWIFTS 56 GIANTS 59

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SWIFTS 50 LIGHTNING 55

ROUND 7

ROUND 8


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SAM WALLACE A CHILLED DETERMINATION

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