Romelda Aiken hit 35 goals for the Firebirds.
Romelda Aiken hit 35 goals for the Firebirds. GETTY IMAGES

Romelda Aiken on fire for Firebirds

NETBALL: A timely return to form by star shooter Romelda Aiken helped the Queensland Firebirds thrash the NSW Swifts 55-40 in their trans-Tasman Championship clash in Brisbane yesterday.

The Jamaican finished with 35 goals from 41 attempts, her height proving too much for Swifts goalkeeper Sonia Mkoloma.

After the visitors led 11-10 at the first break, the Firebirds blew the game open in the second term.

Centre Kim Ravaillion and wing defence Gabi Simpson, both named in Australia's initial Commonwealth Games squad last week, were outstanding as the home side jumped out to a 29-22 lead at half-time.

Firebirds and Australian captain Laura Geitz, who had the honour of welcoming the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a civic reception on Saturday, said: "I am just so happy that our season is back on track now."

The Queenslanders may have restarted their season, but the same cannot be said for defending champions the Adelaide Thunderbirds.

After setting a competition record of 16 consecutive wins last month, the Thunderbirds entered their name in the history books again, this time by recording the lowest score in the trans-Tasman Championship, a 64-26 loss to the Melbourne Vixens.

Melbourne's physical defenders Geva Mentor and Bianca Chatfield were on top from the first minute, forcing Thunderbirds coach Jane Woodlands-Thompson to bench premiership goal shooter Carla Borrego at the first change.