Swift start sees NSW down Thunderbirds

Georgie Horjus of the Thunderbirds in action during Round 3 of the Super Netball competition. Albert Perez/Getty Images

NSW Swifts remain undefeated after three rounds of Super Netball after running out comprehensive 66-51 winners over Adelaide Thunderbirds.

The defending champions flexed their muscles early in Wednesday night's clash at USC Stadium, cruising to victory to celebrate vice-captain Paige Hadley's 100th national league match in style.

The Thunderbirds were aiming to back-up from Saturday's first win against the Giants but the Swifts dominated possession in the first half, a 17-goal advantage nearing halftime putting to rest any concerns about their slow starts so far this season.

Adelaide showed plenty of fight in the third period, co-captain Chelsea Pitman leading the charge from wing attack to see the NSW lead cut to eight with two minutes left in the quarter.

But a pair of super shots from Helen Housby steadied the Swifts and the reigning champs went on to finish the job with a 19-16 final quarter.

The result sets up a mouth-watering clash on Sunday with the Swifts taking on the Sunshine Coast Lightning in their first meeting since the 2019 grand final.

Midcourter Hadley starred with 20 feeds, 11 goal assists and one intercept, the 27-year-old admitting to some challenging moments with her milestone game played away from family and friends in the Queensland hub.

"I really had a lot of emotion when I saw my family and all the good luck messages, I think it hadn't hit me that I was away from them until that moment," Hadley said.

"I would have loved to have them there but my second family in the (Swifts) red got around me and just made the day really special."

There were positives for the Thunderbirds with key players Sasha Glasgow and Layla Guscoth making successful returns from serious injury.

Glasgow (6/8 super shots) showed some nice touch from two-point range in her comeback from an ACL tear.

Guscoth's return from an achilles injury suffered at last year's Netball World Cup will further boost an already impressive defensive unit alongside Shamera Sterling and Kate Shimmin. But the Thunderbirds face another tough test on Sunday when they take on Melbourne Vixens.