17/U & 19/U National Champs Day 4 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.

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17/U, DAY 4

NEW SOUTH WALES 37 def ACT 23

By MICAH DI MUZIO

The opening game on Thursday morning at the Waverly Netball Centre was shaping to be an important one, particularly for NSW who were looking to finish the regular rounds on top of the ladder.

ACT had been putting in strong performances all tournament and were looking to end the group stages with a second win of the tournament after some close results.

Initially, the game was a tight affair. The game went goal-for-goal as the score was locked at 5-all midway through the opening term before NSW were able to pull away late to lead 11-7 at quarter-time.

Claire O’Brien was having a tremendous game for NSW down the wings of the court, assisting her teammates wherever she could.

ACT coach Suzanne Bain-Donohue was spurring her team on as much as she could – although it was not enough to halt the classy NSW team from surging forward.

The Sky Blues win against Victoria thre previous night had given them a certain confidence and the belief that they could defeat anybody.

In the third quarter this showed as they were able to find their way to goals with exceptional passing – even when the ACT defence was at its best. Loren Singleton was shooting comfortably the whole game and NSW shifted out to a 13-goal lead at the last change.

ACT were simply looking to finish of strong with Alana Bowyer giving her all once again – and Georgia Basic working tirelessly all over the court. Despite playing solid netball throughout the entirety of the game NSW prevailed winning 37-23.

This win guarantees NSW top spot heading into tomorrow’s semi finals.

New South Wales shooting stats

Loren Singleton 20/26 (77%)
Prudence Ellis 10/11 (91%)
Kiera Austin 7/9 (78%)

ACT shooting stats

Alison Miller 16/19 (84%)
Leila Basic 7/9 (78%)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 30 def NORTHERN TERRITORY 13

By MICAH DI MUZIO

South Australiatuned up for tomorrow’s semi-final with a 17-goal win over the Northern Territory in its last match of the group stages of the national championships.

The NT was searching for its first win of the tournament and made a bright start to the match. Wing attack Billie Newton was a menace up and down the court contributing with crucial intercepts and passes. The quarter ended with SA leading by two goals.

SA’s coach Lee-anne Cummins demanded more from her side in the second quarter and that’s precisely what she received as SA came out a more determined and spirited team, slowly pulling away from NT.

Amelia Basedow led the way and Rebecca Hampton finished off her work nicely to give SA a 16-9 lead at half-time.

NT continued to show competitiveness in the second half – although this also led to it beginning to turn the ball over and SA, being the skilful side it is, capitalised on those to push the lead out to 11 goals at the final change.

Eventually Charlee Hodges, one of the standouts of the tournament so far, came on and instantly made an impact with her movement inside the circle.

Unfortunately for NT it was too much for them to handle. It fought out the game well and the final 17-goal result was not a true reflection of the contest.
 

South Australia shooting stats

Rebecca Hampton 14/23 (61%)
Lauren Bowshall 12/15 (80%)
Charlee Hodges 4/5 (80%)

Northern Territory shooting stats

Courtney Murphy 8/11 (73%)
Gabrielle Borchers 5/10 (50%)

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 29 def TASMANIA 22

By MICAH DI MUZIO

Western Australia ended the preliminary round of matches on a high, scoring a seven-goal win over Tasmania.

It was a close start to the match. Shelby Miller was receiving quite a lot of close attention from Tasmania’s Zoe Spencer and a late Hannah Lee goal saw WA take a 10-4 lead into quarter-time.

Nikki Miller, who has been one of the stand outs for Tasmania during the championships, began the quarter solidly, defending her goals at any cost.

WA were beginning to initiate some brilliant link up play and eventually began to gain the ascendancy. This was partly due to Alexandra Morgan, who shot brilliantly throughout the term to give her side an 11-goal lead at half-time.

The third quarter was similar to the second as Tasmania struggled to close the gap between the two sides.

Shelby Miller was having one of the quarters of the tournament, desperately trying to pull her team back into the match. Time after time she put her body on the line, but WA still maintained an 11-goal lead heading into the final term.

Miquela Vos was subbed on in the last quarter and she contributed well with three goals. Tasmania coach Andrew Jackson really wanted his side to finish on a high and his players did that – winning the quarter and giving them some positives to take back home.

WA, who finished with three wins, hosts the NT in one semi-final with Tasmania facing the ACT tomorrow morning.

Western Australia shooting stats

Alexandra Morgan 21/21 (100%)
Miqeula Vox 3/4 (75%)
Moeriana Bullen 2/2 (100%)

Tasmania shooting stats

Hannah Lee 18/23 (100%)
Deanna Wadley 4/5 (80%)
Hollie Moore 0/4 (0%)

 

VICTORIA 34 def QUEENSLAND 23

By MICAH DI MUZIO

Regardless of this result, these two states went into the clash knowing they would face off again in tomorrow’s semi-final.

But the hosts may take a bit of extra confidence into that clash after winning the final match of the preliminary rounds by 11 goals.

Victoria, looking to make amends for last night’s loss to New South Wales, raced out of the blocks and looked like a team who wanted to prove it’s still a major threat in the title race.

Queensland, unbeaten for the week heading into the match, tried to keep pace in the first quarter but Victorian had opened up an 8-2 lead by the first break.

Queensland were making some really uncharacteristic mistakes – and when you make those simple errors, you’ll get punished.

Victorian captain Libby Birch had a tremendous game, organising and controlling the game from attack to defence.

The Queensland defenders were finding it exceptionally hard to stop the combination of Jane Cook and Kailah-Mae Keepen who never looked like missing.

By half-time the lead had blown out to 15-8 in Victoria’s favour.

Victorian goal keeper Jacqueline Newton was rebounding nearly everything and she was cancelling out the tireless work rate of Alexia Baker, who gave her all once again.

Victoria had extended its lead to 13 goals heading into the final term and both sides opted to rest a few of their players for the last quarter.

Queensland had a mini victory in the final term, winning the quarter by two goals and will be eager to turnaround the overall result when the sides face off again tomorrow for a place in the Grand Final.

Victorian shooting stats

Jane Cook 19/20 (95%)
Kailah-Mae Keepen 10/12 (83%)
Mandy Hanegraaf 3/4(75%)
Rahni Samason 2/2 (100%)

Queensland shooting stats

Binnian Hunt 11/15 (73%)
Clare Frost 6/7 (86%)
Alexia Baker 6/9 (67%)
Abigail Latu-Meafou 0/1 (0%)

 

19/U, DAY 4

VICTORIA 37 def ACT 24

By KRIS NEIL

Victoria cemented its place in the major semi finals of the national championships after defeating the Australian Capital Territory by 13 goals in the final match of the group stages.

The win caps off an undefeated run through the seven rounds for Victoria, accumulating a stellar goal difference of 83 in the process.

Victoria used its entire squad of 12 players throughout the match, activating five players off the bench with the game beyond ACT’s reach at half-time.

Goal shooter Emily Ryde-Coad was unusually shaky under the basket in the first half, but backed up her misses with strong rebounding to keep Victoria well ahead on the scoreboard.

Victoria’s defensive trio of Georgette Paatsch, Kate Eddy and Julia Smith also communicated well, reducing ACT’s in-form goal shooter Victoria Schmahl to limited opportunities in the circle.

The ACT did provide some resistance in the second half in the form of Maddie Dwyer, who played the passing lanes well from Victoria’s centre breaks to provide some lively intercepts.

The game ended on a sour note for ACT with three minutes remaining in the match, as goal keeper Shahana Plenty was carried from the court and replaced by Tara Horne.

Victoria shooting stats

Emma Ryde-Coad 15/20 (75%)
Ashlee Porter 8/12 (75%)
Katharine Dicker 8/12 (75%)
Andrea Tai 6/6 (100%)

ACT shooting stats

Victoria Schmahl 18/22 (82%)
Sophie Immomen 4/8 (50%)
Molly Dickson 2/6 (33%)

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY 35 def NEW SOUTH WALES 32

By KRIS NEIL

6QS_3799A courageous Northern Territory has spoiled New South Wales’ chance of a top four finish at this year’s National Netball Championships with a 35-32 win in the final match of the regular rounds.

Both sides exchanged the lead multiple times in a dramatic final quarter, before a clutch centre break intercept from NT’s Nadine Van der Nest gave her team the deciding lead of the match.

The win gives the Northern Territory its second victory in a row after losing their first five games of the championships.

NSW were made to fret early turnovers in the contest as a more composed Northern Territory supplied patient feeds into the circle.6QS_3778

Goal shooter Ashlee Singleton and goal attacker Sam Gooden were the benefactors of their midcourters great early play, uniting to give NT a six-goal advantage in the first quarter.

Gooden was particularly dynamic in the circle for her side, moving freely in her front third while converting at 96 per cent accuracy from her 23 shots.

NSW, who needed the win to remain in sight of Western Australia for fourth place on the ladder, played an unchanged side across the entire four quarters.

Madeline Woods and Zoe Gilbert were the standouts, controlling the midcourt admirably in an improved second half.

Both sides now enter the semi finals in the bottom half of the draw, which could potentially see them face-off again in the finals on Saturday.

Northern Territory shooting stats

Samantha Gooden 22/23 (96%)
Ashlee Singleton 13/17 (76%)

New South Wales shooting stats

Natalie Eldrige 24/27 (89%)
Lauren Yager 8/9 (89%)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 38 def TASMANIA 14

By KRIS NEIL

South Australia has produced one of the best defensive efforts of the tournament, limiting Tasmania to 14 goals on route to its fifth win of the national championships.

The win concludes the group stages for both teams with South Australia set to take on Queensland in tomorrow’s semi-final between the second and third-placed teams. The two states faced off in last year’s Grand Final, which South Australia won.

South Australia pressured the Tasmanians right across the court from the first whistle, forcing it to make errant passes in both midcourt and the front third.

Bec Moyne and Stacey Hein were the catalysts for SA’s defensive mindset, playing the passing lanes flawlessly to Tasmania’s dismay.

Captain Maddy Turner and Emily Burgess were also instrumental in goal defence and goal keeper for the South Australians, forcing shooters Kate Archer and Ashlea Mawer into inaccurate shots from distance.

Tasmania’s Madeline Stewart, who has featured at centre for most of the tournament, was swung into goal defence in the second half where she was effective both in the circle and helping her team move the ball forward.

Brooke Jones also worked tirelessly all afternoon at wing attack for her side.

Tasmania’s loss means it finishes in sixth position and face a semi-final against the up-and-about Northern Territory side on the back of itsr win against New South Wales earlier today.

South Australia shooting stats

Kelsey Williams 21/28 (75%)
Taylor Greig 9/13 (69%)
Rebecca Winch 6/7 (86%)
Ashleigh Jones 2/4 (50%)

Tasmania shooting stats

Kate Archer 9/11 (82%)
Stephanie Weichelt 3/3 (100%)
Georgie Briggs 2/3 (67%)
Ashlea Mawer 0/3 (0%)

 

QUEENSLAND 42 def WESTERN AUSTRALIA 30

By KRIS NEIL

Queensland fought off a first half blitz from Western Australia to come home 12-goal winners in the final group match of the national championships.

Queensland now squares off against South Australia in a semi-final with the winner going on to play in the championship decider on Saturday afternoon.

WA flew out of the blocks to trail by just two goals at half-time as Queensland struggled to counter the high ball coming into Annika Lee-Jones in the circle.

Centre Mahalia Cassidy was sent on to weather the barrage in the second half, where she reclaimed control of centre court for Queensland.

The job wasn’t without its challenges though, as WA midcourters Rebecca Tuckey and Tegan Phillips battled hard keep their side in contention.

Cara Koenan enjoyed improved supply from her teammates in the latter stages, scoring 21 of her 37 goals in the second half.

The win solidifies Koenan as the competition’s leading scorer after the group stage, where she finished with 204 goals.

WA did its best to diminish the impact of Koenan by swinging their own shoote Lee-Jones onto her in the third quarter.

Kimberley Shepherd also did her utmost to keep her side in the contest, scoring an accurate 16 goals on 17 attempts.

Queensland’s won the previous contest against South Australia – in Round 4 – by eight goals.

Queensland shooting stats

Cara Koenan 37/40 (93%)
Bianca Catellini 5/8 (63%)

Western Australia shooting stats

Kimberley Shepherd 16/17 (94%)
Annika Lee-Jones 12/13 (92%)
Paige Doy 2/3 (67%)

Photos: Courtesy of Brian Munro, Sport-in-digital.