Collingwood Magpies open 2020 Super Netball account

The laser-accurate shooting of Shimona Nelson has helped the Collingwood Magpies to a maiden win for the season in their Super Netball third round clash at Brisbane's Nissan Arena.

Home team the Queensland Firebirds led for three quarters but stumbled under pressure as the Magpies' 58-54 win ensured their hosts remain the only winless club after a packed opening fortnight of the season.

Jamaican international Nelson was under enormous pressure from outstanding Firebirds defender Kim Jenner and answered with 42 goals from 45 attempts.

More importantly, it was her teammates who calmly found safer avenues into the goal circle.

Molly Jovic, signed from the second-tier Australian Netball League last year, was one of the Magpies feeders who gradually wrestled back control of the game in the final term.

"It was a real grind but to get that win was amazing," Jovic said.

It was an opportunity missed for the young Firebirds for whom a scrappy win would have provided an enormous confidence boost.

Romelda Aiken's 37 goals were a highlight but they have not yet found a reliable replacement for Australian goal attack Gretel Bueta who is on maternity leave.

Hesitant feeding from both sides brought the defenders into the spotlight early in the game.

Jenner was rewarded for her adventurous spirit with six first-half possession gains, including three dazzling intercepts in the closing minutes of the second quarter.

She finished the game with eight gains. The hard-won possession was treasured by centre Mahalia Cassidy in what was a breakout game for the 24-year-old.

After enduring two knee reconstructions in her first four seasons, many netball followers wondered if she could fulfil her exciting potential.

But the young general controlled the centre-third against a Collingwood midcourt led by Madi and Kelsey Browne.

Pressure and desperation tightened their fingers around each team in a third quarter dotted with forced turnovers.

The Firebirds' seven-goal lead was chewed up by a Magpies outfit that was inspired by shooter Nelson.

Nelson's perfect 12 from 12 for the quarter energised Collingwood at the final change.