The GWS Giants had more than 4500 fans cheering them on at Ken Rosewall Arena last week when they outclassed the Collingwood Magpies in the Super Netball semi-finals.
On Saturday night, the tables will be turned when they travel south to face the Melbourne Vixens at John Cain Arena for a place in next weekend’s grand final against the West Coast Fever.
Giants captain Jo Harten isn’t afraid of a crowd that’s against them. Credit:Getty Images
But according to Giants captain Jo Harten, silencing the opposition’s fans can be just as big a motivator as the cheers of your own support.
“Sometimes the best games to play are with a really boisterous crowd, and they go silent when you’re winning. That’s been some of the best moments of my career,” Harten said after last week’s semi-final win.
Harten will be hoping history repeats itself when she takes to the court on Saturday night, having been a part of the Giants side which beat the Vixens 65-57 in the 2017 preliminary final in Melbourne.
“One of the most historic victories our club has ever had was in 2017. We were in a similar position, went to Melbourne and really silenced them,” Harten said.
Maddie Hay and Jo Harten celebrate at full time after they beat the Magpies in last week’s minor semi-final.Credit:Brendon Thorne/Getty Images
“For us, it’s not about, too much, focusing on the Vixens. We’ve got ourselves into this position because we have really stuck strong to our Giants’ beliefs … and we are going to throw absolutely everything at them.”
The last time the two sides met, in round nine of the regular season, the Vixens ran out 66-63 winners after extra-time in a game where their goal shooter Mwai Kumwenda scored 50 points and didn’t miss a shot all game. The Vixens go into Saturday’s final having won their past seven games.