17/U & 19/U National Champs Day 1 Match Reports

Stay up-to-date with all the action throughout the day at both the 17/U and 19/U national titles at the Waverley Netball Centre via the match reports from our team of game day reporters.

17/U, DAY 1

QUEENSLAND 32 def WESTERN AUSTRALIA 25

By MICAH DI MUZIO

The game began with a flurry as both teams looked to kick-start their 17/U campaign with a win.

From the outset Queensland looked eager and raring to go with its warm-up displaying strong intensity and concentration levels.

The Queensland shooters from the opening whistle showed it would be a tough combination with Abigail Latu-Meafou (GS) and Alexia Baker (GA) looking rather solid in the goals throughout the first quarter.

However, Western Australia’s wing attack Helen Taylor was constantly feeding her shooters to keep the score at a tight contest at quarter-time, 6-4 in Queensland’s favour.

The second quarter was more of the same with WA struggling to keep hold of the skilful and well-drilled Queensland shooters. By the end of the quarter Queensland had built a solid 15-10 lead heading into the major break.

The WA side looked to have found a spark in their game and came out firing to start the third term due to some great individual work from their centre Phoebe Wilcox and Taylor.

However Queensland portrayed resilience and regained ascendancy late in the quarter to keep the margin at six goals at the last change.

WA wanted a strong finish and started the final term well with the crowd sensing a comeback could be on the cards.

But this wasn’t the script that Queensland were reading from as constant link up play between centre Kobe Howard and its shooters ultimately proved too strong in the finish to run out seven-goal winners.

Queensland shooting stats

Abigail Latu-Meafou 22/25 (88%)
Alexia Baker 10/17 (59%)

Western Australia shooting stats:

Miqeula Vox 11/15 (73%)
Moeriana Bullen 8/11 (73%)
Alexandra Morgan 6/6 (100%)

 

NSW 47 def NORTHERN TERRITORY 15

By MICAH DI MUZIO

NSW came into this week’s titles as one of the favoured contenders so the Northern Territory knew it would have to be at the best to defeat the Sky Blues.

Immediately NSW stamped its authority on the game, jumping to a three-goal lead within the opening minutes and extended that to nine at quarter time thanks to some great shooting from Brooke Fennings and a strong defensive display.

Throughout the game, particularly after the first quarter, NSW had the ability to make a host of changes to its line-up due to the vast depth in its squad.

However, it was not just the attack to be admired from NSW, its defensive pressure lead to NT turning the ball over on countless occasions.

But the girls from the Territory continued to fight and managed five goals in the second quarter to trail at 21-7 at the main break.

Everything was looking good for the Sky Blues until captain Amy Parmenter called a medical time out with four minutes left in the third term. She was immediately substituted out.

NSW continued on its dominant performance to lead 37-12 at three-quarter time.

NT gave their all and wanted to put in a strong last quarter showing. But it was hard to stop the Sky Blues’ fluent team play and ball work which as they opened their campaign with a 28-goal victory.

NSW shooting stats

Prudence Ellis 19/29 (66%)
Brooke Fennings 13/13 (100%)
Kiera Austin 8/10 (80%)
Loren Singleton 7/10 (70%)

NT shooting stats

Georgia Clark 8/11 (73%)
Courtney Murphy 7/10 (70%)
Gabrielle Borchers 0/3 (0%)

 

VICTORIA 45 def TASMANIA 14

By MICAH DI MUZIO

Another one of the tournament favourites in Victoria faced up against the underdogs in Tasmania. The home side had a strong following – and their fans up in the stands were highly vocal from the outset.

The game began with high intensity from both sides, however Victoria started the stronger with a quick burst of goals to kick start the quarter.

They piled on nine goals and also portrayed quite a defensive performance restricting Tasmania to merely one goal at the break.

Victoria’s centre Libby Birch was well on her way to a best-on-court performance in the second quarter, leading her players in both a vocal and physical way. The game begin to spice up as both teams showed physicality and a real eagerness to win.

Victoria’s efficient counter attacking and elegant passing saw them steam ahead at the major break.

Tasmanian coach Andrew Jackson tried to be as positive as he could, vigorously trying to spark his side into life at half-time.

Although, it was more of the same in the third quarter with some great rebounding and foot work by Victorian goal shooter Mandy Hanegraaf, who finished the quarter with five goals.

Victoria made a multitude of line-up changes throughout the game, showing the quality it has in reserve.

The teams went into the final quarter with the scores at 33-8 Victoria’s way. Tasmania desperately wanted to finish off the game strongly and credit must be given to them as there passing and competitiveness could be seen throughout the game.

Tasmanian captain Shelby Miller was a stand out, constantly urging and encouraging her player’s throughout the match.

Victoria shooting stats

Jane Cook 21/22 (95%)
Mandy Hanegraaf 13/16 (81%)
Rahni Samason 6/6 (100%)
Kailah-Mae Keepen 5/6 (83%)

Tasmania shooting stats

Hannah Lee 5/5 (100%)
Hollie Moore 4/4 (100%)
Deanna Wadley 4/4 (100%)
Natalia Ayesu 1/4 (25%)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 37 def ACT 25

By MICAH DI MUZIO

The highly-anticipated clash between SA and the ACT started off with a bang as both teams showed determination throughout the opening stages – it was evident that both teams really wanted this win.

The game fired into action as both team traded early goals. The atmosphere was electric as both sets of fans were getting heavily involved. However, SA were slightly a step ahead as they edged out to lead 9-3 at the first break.

ACT began the second quarter defending rather strong and not enabling SA’s two shooters any opportunity on goal. Although, this was short to last as co-captain Charlee Hodges showed her brilliance and trickery inside the shooting arc with two quick goals to extend the lead to nine goals at the major break.

ACT coach Suzanne Bain-Donohue realised that some changes was needed to her line-up at half-time but the third quarter began with the momentum well and truly with the South Australians.

They began to take control of the game – ensuring their defensive responsibilities were taken care of. Hodges continued to show her class and teammate Hannah Petty was an exceptional contributor.

Suddenly though, there ACT started to find their feet again and began to challenge SA. Leading the way was skipper Alana Bowyer, reigniting the fight as they came as close as 25-19 leading into the final change, looking like the contest was still right up for grabs.

Although, again it was best-on-court Hodges who steadied the ship for SA as they pulled away in the final quarter. This did not alter ACT’s efforts throughout the last term as they continued to battle away.

But the outcome was inevitable as SA eventually won comfortably 37-25.

South Australia shooting stats
Charlee Hodges 20/25 (80%)
Stephanie Sarro 9/12 (75%)
Lauren Bowshall 8/9 (89%)

ACT shooting stats
Alison Miller 15/18 (83%)
Leila Basic 10/20 (50%)

 

NEW SOUTH WALES 38 def WESTERN AUSTRALIA 18

By ROMY JOENG

The match got underway with both teams trading goal for goal as Western Australia applied good defensive pressure early.

Great defensive pressure by the NSW defence forced turnovers to give them the upper hand at quarter time 7-3.

At the start of the second quarter NSW made use of their wings around the circle to produce goals to contribute to their growing lead. Excellent defence and great shooting saw NSW push out to an 18-9 at half-time.

The third quarter started with great ball skills down the court by NSW  with great contribution by wing defence Amy Parmenter.

WA’s wing defence Phoebe Wilcox got some great tip offs and intercepts to help WA to stay in the game but at the end of the third quarter NSW still led 25-14.

A quick intercept at the start of the fourth quarter from Parmenter saw a turnover take place resulting in a goal to NSW and they ultimately proved the better team on the day, winning by 19 goals.

New South Wales shooting stats

Prudence Ellis 18/30 (60%)
Kiera Austin 15/23 (65%)
Brooke Fennings 5/6 (83%)

Western Australia shooting stats

Miqeula Vos 9/16 (56%)
Aleasha Bennett 5/5 (100%)
Moeriana Bullen 3/4  (75%)
Alexandra Morgan 2/5 (40%)

 

QUEENSLAND 36 def NORTHERN TERRITORY 20

By ROMY JOENG

The match started with an early turnover from Northern Territory which allowed Queensland to take an early lead.

Some messy passes saw both teams cause turnovers and offensive errors in NT’s front line saw Queensland stretch its advantage to four goals.

Great shooting from the Queensland shooters saw the quarter draw to a close with their side holding the upper hand 11-5.

NT started the second quarter with changes to their line-up with Bethany Fry moving to wing defence and Chelsea Hambour coming off the bench and into goal defence.

Great shooting from Queensland’s goal shooter Claire Frost and ball handling errors by the NT saw Queensland take a strong lead into half-time 22-10.

Both teams had several changes after the half-time break.

Queensland applied great pressure all the way down the court to where its shooters finished it off. Queensland’s defence made it difficult for the NT to score during the term and they went into the final term leading 30-12.

NT came out firing to start the last quarter, scoring the first four goals to cut the margin back to 14, but Queensland’s defence stepped up and consistent shooting throughout the match gave it a 17-goal win.

Queensland shooting statistics

Clare Frost 27/32 (84%)
Binnian Hunt 8/12 (67%)
Alexia Baker 1/1 (100%)

Northern Territory shooting statistics

Savanah Tiller 7/14 (50%)
Courtney Murphy 4/6 (67%)
Franjesca Cercarelli 3/3 (100%)
Gabrielle Borchers 1/4 (25%)

 

VICTORIA 28 def SOUTH AUSTRALIA 26

By ROMY JOENG

Victoria has edged out South Australia by two goals in the closest match on the opening day of the national titles at Waverley.

South Australia made a strong start to the match, scoring the first four goals and its consistent shooting continued throughout the opening term with goal shooter Charlee Hodges shooting at 100 per cent accuracy for the match.

SA’s quick ball movement down the court troubled Victoria, making it difficult for the hosts to get hands on it.

At quarter-time SA led 8-4. Victoria started the second quarter with a switch between Libby Birch and Tayla Honey in the midcourt and it helped the hosts reduce the margin to two goals.

SA continued with its outstanding shooting with Hodges and Stephanie Sarro working well together in the ring and they helped to maintain that two goal buffer at the main break 16-14.

Victoria quickly levelled the scores early in the second half and the two sides traded goals for the rest of the term with just one goal separating them heading into the final term.

Victorian came out and quickly grabbed the lead and were able to hold on in a tense finish.

Victoria shooting statistics

Jane Cook 21/26 (81%)
Kailah-Mae Keepen 7/11 (64%)

South Australia shooting statistics

Charlee Hodges 15/15 (100%)
Stephanie Sarro 11/14 (79%)

 

ACT 30 def TASMANIA 15

By ROMY JOENG

A strong start for the Australian Capital Territory saw it open up a three-goal lead early and great shooting by Alison Miller and Leila Basic extended the lead to seven at quarter-time.

Tasmania made line-up changes to the second term with Shelby Miller moving to wing attack, Frances Di Carlo came off  the bench into centre, Deanna Wadley went into goal attack and Hollie Moore shifted to goal shooter.

The ACT brought on Niki Karaponagos into centre and it quickly extended the lead to nine goals thanks to consistent shooting by Miller.

Tasmania made multiple changes to start the second half with Natalia Ayesu coming into goal shooter, Hollie Moore switching back to goal attack and Kate Percy coming into the goal keeper position.

It helped the Island state enjoy their best passage of the match as Moore reduced the deficit to seven goals as Tasmania took advantage of ACT’s offensive errors to quickly move the ball down the court.

An injury time called with three minutes remaining saw ACT make a few changes. Georgia Winter came into wing attack, Carly Symons moved to centre, Alana Bowjer into goal keeper and Claudia Barlow moved into goal defence.

By the end of the third quarter ACT had extended its lead to 10 goals. As the final quarter got underway there were changes made by Tasmania with Wadley moving to the other end of the court to goal defence and Ashlee Campbell taking the centre bib.

While Shelby Miller found good space on the ring to feed to the Tasmanian shooters, the ACT continued to build on its lead and eventually ran out 15-goal winners to wrap up day one of competition.

ACT shooting statistics

Alison Miller 22/25 (88%)
Lelia Basic 8/13 (62%)

Tasmania shooting statistics

Hollie Moore 10/17 (59%)
Natalie Ayesu 3/8 (38%)
Deanna Wadley 2/5 (40%)
Hannah Lee 0/3 (0%)

 

 

 

 

19/U, DAY 1

QUEENSLAND 42 def TASMANIA 16

By LAUREN BORDIN

A dominant first quarter set up Queensland’s 26-goal win over Tasmania in the opening match of the 19/U National Championship.

Queensland jumped to an early lead and its defence were able to restrict Tasmania from scoring until almost the midway point of the second quarter, partly through the pressure put on Tasmania’s goal attack Georgie Briggs who was double teamed against on its centre passes.

However Briggs began to successfully combat this towards the end of the quarter by dropping back off the third line and this helped improve Tasmania’s flow to the goal circle.

Along with strong defence, Queensland’s clean movement of the ball resulted in the lead ballooning to 14 goals at the half-time break. This lead grew in the second quarter thanks to quick movement from the midfield to the goal circle as well as effective passing through the midcourt and wing areas.

Queensland again continued to break Tasmania’s centre passes, scoring seven unanswered goals to begin the third quarter.

Tasmania was under pressure in its attacking third, forced to drive harder in order to get the ball into the circle. However some inaccurate shooting as well as steady defence from Queensland goal keeper Ashlee Unie and goal defence Hulita Haukinima meant when the ball entered the circle these opportunities were not capitalised upon.

A vocal Queensland bench willed their side to grow their lead in the final quarter. Although there was an increase in the time the ball spent in Tasmania’s attacking third, Queensland continued to intercept the ball and return it to its attacking circle, resulting in a comfortable opening win.

Queensland shooting statistics

Cara Koenen 29/30 (96%)
Bianca Cattelini 12/15 (80%)
Ruby Paton 1/8 13%

Tasmania shooting statistics

Georgie Briggs 11/14 (79%)
Ashlea Mawer 4/8 (50%)
Stephanie Welchelt 1/4 (25%)

 

VICTORIA 36 def NORTHERN TERRITORY 16

By LAUREN BORDIN

Nerves may have contributed to a jittery opening couple of minutes in which Victoria managed to break Northern Territory’s centre pass for the first goal of the game.

However the game soon settled and accurate shooting from Victorian goal shooter Emma Ryde-Coad and goal attack Andrea Tai, as well as strong defensive effort allowed Victoria to lead 14-3 at quarter time.

The second quarter saw a great improvement from the Northern Territory. They tightened their defence and used short passes to get the ball from the mid-court to the attacking circle.However this was not reflected on the scoreboard as the Victorian’s remained strong across the court and were able to take a 16-goal lead into the half-time break.

Victoria’s solid defence continued into the third quarter with the Northern Territory’s attack forced to use their entire three seconds in order to find a team mate to pass to. The substitution of Katharine Dicker into goal shooter did not disrupt the Victorian’s goal scoring in the slightest with Dicker scoring a goal on the buzzer to end the quarter.

Tai, who had starred in the previous three quarters, was rested in the final term as the first goal went to the Northern Territory. However, despite some good plays by the Northern Territory, Victoria continued to dominate with clean ball work to run out 19-goal winners.

Victoria shooting statistics

Emma Ryde-Coad 14/18 (78%)
Andrea Tai 11/13 (85%)
Katharine Dicker 10/13 (77%)
Ashlee Porter 1/9 (11%)
Northern Territory shooting statistics

Samantha Gooden 11/14 (79%)
Ruth Smith 3/3 (100%)
Ashlee Singleton 2/2 (100%)
Megan Cranford 1/8 (13%)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 31 def WESTERN AUSTRALIA 30

By LAUREN BORDIN

South Australia narrowly defeated a gallant Western Australia by one-goal in a fast paced, intense game between two even teams.

Both sides went goal for goal in the first quarter until SA was able to score a goal stemming from a free pass they received in the defensive half.

WA immediately broke back the following SA centre pass to ensure the scores returned to level, but SA was able to make a slight breakaway at the end of the quarter to register a three-goal lead at quarter-time.

With precise passing and fast-paced movement of the ball down the court, SA began to run away with the game in the second quarter.

Goal shooter Kelsey Williams showcased some flashy moves in the circle to ensure she was always an option for her teammates. A fall in the final minutes of the quarter resulted in an injury to defender Nicole Lendich, who had to be replaced on court.

After this injury time-out, WA scored two quick goals to reduce the deficit to five goals at half-time.

Chants of support from their fans helped WA begin the second half with the momentum as it pushed forward and used their opportunities presented from misthrows and turnovers.

Goal defender Marley Mettau intercepted twice in the quarter with both turnovers resulting in goals as WA closed to within a goal until SA clawed back to regain its three-goal lead going into the final term.

WA kept pushing and quickly drew level in a thrilling fourth quarter. The determination of each team was evident as players went to ground trying to get the ball.

Mettau, who had been strong in defence, was replaced by Lendich for the final two minutes of the match due to injury.

The game ended the way it started, going goal for goal for most of the quarter.

With 10 seconds left and SA leading by one goal, WA tried to send the ball down to its attacking end as quickly as possible.

However they were unable to score and SA was able to hold on for a hard-fought win.

South Australia shooting stats

Kelsey Williams 18/24 (75%)
Taylor Greig 13/15 (87%)

Western Australia shooting stats

Kim Shepherd 23/31 (74%)
Paige Doy 7/10 (70%)

 

NEW SOUTH WALES 46 def ACT 21

By LAUREN BORDIN

New South Wales dominated the opening few minutes of the game, scoring five unanswered goals before the ACT got onto the board.

NSW applied strong defensive pressure across the court, with the Sky Blues attackers intercepting some of the ACT defender’s attempts to clear the ball from the goal third. NSW’s defensive pair of Toni Anderson and Billie Gurr teamed up well throughout the game to ensure their opposition was not able to stray far from the goal circle.

An awkward fall midway through the second quarter resulted in NSW goal shooter Alisha Cairns having to be helped off the court with an injury.

During the first half, ACT was unable to take a direct line to its goal circle due to the NSW players staying tight on their opposition and this consistent play by NSW gave it an 11-goal lead at half-time.

ACT centre Joanna Collis was a key figure in helping ball movement to the goal circle improve for her side at the beginning of the second half, as she continually led and became an option for her team.

However missed opportunities meant some of the entries into the attacking circle went unrewarded. Along with this, accurate shooting by NSW goal shooter Olivia Doyle and goal attack Lauren Yager contributed to the lead increasing to 16 goals at the end of the third quarter.

With clean passes into the circle, Doyle didn’t seem to miss a goal, making shots from all over the circle, including from long range. She finished off the game with a goal on the buzzer as NSW ended with a 25-goal victory.

New South Wales shooting stats

Olivia Doyle 23/27 (85%)
Alisha Cairns 8/8 (100%)
Lauren Yager 8/9 (89%)

ACT shooting stats

Sophie Immonen 11/13 (85%)
Molly Dickson 5/13 (38%)
Victoria Schmahl 3/5 (60%)
Madison Bauer 2/2 (100%)

 

VICTORIA 33 def QUEENSLAND 30

By KRIS NEIL

Victoria has had to stave off a fast-finishing Queensland to remain undefeated after its second game of the netball championships.

The Vics never gave up the lead after building a five-goal advantage in the first quarter, with forward duo Emma Ryde-Coad and Andrea Tai looking unstoppable in the early proceedings.

Queensland’s defenders Hulita Haukinima and Leah Middleton battled hard after the first term though, giving the team a chance to work their way back into the contest.

The Queenslanders were within two goals of the host state with two minutes remaining in the clash as their enthusiastic crowd attempted to spur them on to victory.

But it was too little too late as a clutch intercept from Emma Browne gave Victoria the buffer they needed to close the game out.

Cara Koenan did her utmost to pull Queensland back late, providing a strong target under the net as goal shooter.

Mahalia Cassidy was another shining light for the losing side as she competed fiercely in her four quarters at centre.

Molly Jovic gave the crowd a scare two minutes into the second half, going down with what looked like a serious ankle injury.

However, to the relief of the Victorian squad Jovic shook off the injury to return in the final quarter.

Victoria shooting stats

Emily Ryde-Coad 20/23 (87%)
Andrew Tai 13/15 (87%)

Queensland shooting stats

Cara Koenan 25/28 (89%)
Bianca Cattelini 5/11 (45%)

 

TASMANIA 28 defeated NORTHERN TERRITORY 22

By KRIS NEIL

Tasmania has overcome a spirited Northern Territory to win by 6 goals in both teams second match of the National Championships.

Tasmania needed a strong finish to fend off NT who trailed by just one goal at the half.

The win turns the fortunes of Tasmania who suffered a loss to Queensland earlier in the day while NT remains winless after their loss to Victoria.

NT looked ominous midway through the third quarter as they leveled at 14-all through Sam Gooden, but Georgie Briggs caught fire late to ensure her side got the victory.

Briggs was formidable in the closing stages of the game, nailing shots from deep to the dismay of her opposition.

Victoria Honner played her part at the other end of the court for the Tasmanians, providing critical intercepts to be among the games best players.

Madeline Stuart showed off her versatility, playing both goal keeper and centre admirably for Tasmania in split halves.

Sam Gooden was the pick of the scorers for NT, linking up well with Nadine Van Der Nest at wing attack to combine for plenty of goals.

Tasmania face New South Wales next in an intriguing match-up on Tuesday morning.

Northern Territory Shooting

Sam Gooden 20/23 (87%)

Ruth Smith 2/6 (33%)

Tasmania Shooting

Georgie Briggs 17/24 (63%)

Ashlea Mawer 8/15 (53%)

Kate Archer 3/5 (60%)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 35 defeated NEW SOUTH WALES 19

By KRIS NEIL

South Australia has used seven unanswered goals to begin the second quarter to catapult them to victory over New South Wales.

The win places SA as one of only two 19/U teams to remain undefeated after day one of the championships.

NSW applied plenty of pressure early to trail by one goal at quarter time, but had no answer for the twelve-goal to one response from their opponents.

The surge from SA prompted NSW to make some dramatic changes at the half, bringing four players off the bench into the action.

Madeline Woods and Olivia Turner were valiant in the losing effort, with Woods covering the court despite being visibly spent in the last quarter.

For SA, Jordie Harrison and Bec Moyne ran rampant at wing attack and centre, supplying their shooters with first class feeds at will.

Lucy Armfield provided SA with an abundance of one percenters in the defensive third, putting her hands in the passing lane and rebounding the ball countless times.

Taylor Greig was at her influential best in front of goal with ten goals for SA before being pulled from the game to make way for Ashleigh Jones at half time.

South Australia will strive to keep their winning record in tact against ACT at 11:45am on Tuesday.

South Australia shooting:

Taylor Greig 10/13 (77%)

Bec Winch 11/16 (69%)

Ashleigh Jones 8/13 (62%)

Kelsey Williams 6/8 (75%)

New South Wales shooting:

Lauren Yager 3/4 (75%)

Olivia Doyle 9/14 (64%)

Natalie Eldridge 7/9 (78%)

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 40 defeated ACT 25

By KRIS NEIL

Western Australia has closed out day one of the National Netball Championships by defeating the Australian Capital Territory by 15 goals.

Despite trailing for a large portion of the game, the ACT players and fans remained boisterous, encouraging their state from start to finish.

The game was lost for ACT in a flurry of goals in the second and third quarters, where they were outscored 23-10.

WA’s Georgia Pitt was the difference between the two sides in those terms, making a huge impact on the match from goal attack.

Goal shooter Annika Lee-Jones was also great for WA, causing headaches for the ACT with her accuracy under the net.

ACT’s captain Jo Collis set a brave example for her teammates, playing out the match in spite of needing to call multiple injury timeouts for a niggling ankle problem.

Victoria Schmahl gave ACT fans something to cheer for late in the game, scoring a bundle of goals on the tired legs of WA’s defensive tandem Marlee Matau and Hinemoa Mehau.

Western Australia faces a quick turnaround to their next game, playing Victoria at 10:15 on Tuesday morning.

Western Australia scoring:

Annike Lee-Jones 21-25 (84%)

Georgia Pitt 19-21 (90%)

ACT scoring:

Molly Dickson 10/13 (77%)

Sophie Immomen 7/12 (88%)

Victoria Schmahl 8/8 (100%)