Firebirds and Swifts huddle during a timeout in the round 10 ANZ Championship match between the Firebirds and the Swifts at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on June 3, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.
Firebirds and Swifts huddle during a timeout in the round 10 ANZ Championship match between the Firebirds and the Swifts at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on June 3, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. Chris Hyde - Getty Images

Firebirds miss out on playoffs

THE Queensland Firebirds will not be defending their Trans Tasman title after missing out on a playoff berth.

The major round battle was confirmed when the Magic accounted for the Queensland Firebirds 53-43 in New Zealand last night enabling the Kiwi outfit to jump above the Adelaide Thunderbirds and into third spot on the ladder.

The winner will take on the loser of the second semi-final clash between the Melbourne Vixens and Northern Mystics at the Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.

Put under huge amounts of pressure by the Firebirds' defence through the middle stages of the match the Magic held firm.

The Queensland side could not recapture the form that saw it blitz through the 2011 season unbeaten.

While the team was beginning to find some spark later in the season, it needed to beat the Magic by more than 20 goals last night to force its way in to the top four.

While the 10-goal scoreline suggested a comfortable victory to the Magic, the Firebirds offered stiff resistance.



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