Sydney is often accused of being a city of fair-weather sports fans but the NSW Swifts are set to break that stigma by setting an attendance record when they host Adelaide Thunderbirds.
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To prove the city doesn’t just love a winner, more than 7000 people are expected at Allphones Arena on Sunday to set a record attendance for a regular-season game despite the Swifts’ horrible form this year.

The Swifts are eighth in the trans-Tasman competition and were only propelled off the bottom of the table after a surprise 19-point win against Northern Mystics last weekend.

Netball NSW chief executive Carolyn Campbell confirmed the pre-sale and membership take-up indicated a crowd well above their record of 6928 set in 2010.

”The NSW Swifts are hugely excited to be on track to break its highest-ever regular home-game attendance record,” Campbell said. ”Sales remain strong this week and we are on course for a crowd of over 7000.”

The lure of another bruising encounter between the Swifts and the Thunderbirds is thought to have led to the spike in interest for Sunday’s game. The two sides met a fortnight ago where the league leaders came from behind to snatch a two-point win against the Swifts in a fiery contest.

NSW’s veteran defender Sonia Mkoloma said the disappointment of letting the match slip from their grasp was a motivation for Sunday.

”It was nail-biting. We are disappointed we didn’t get over the line. We had them by the scruff of their necks, so for us it’s going back to what worked well,” Mkoloma said.

Injured co-captain Mo’onia Gerrard will be given until game day to prove her fitness.

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