17/U & 19/U Semi Finals match reports

Stay up-to-date with all the semi finals 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 SEMI FINALS

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 44 def NORTHERN TERRITORY 15

By ROMY JOENG

Western Australia continued its strong finish to the national championships with a convincing 29-goal win over the Northern Territory in the semi finals.

WA made a fast start to the match, scoring the first five goals as the defences for both states dominated the opening term.

Natalie Bright was particularly impressive for WA with the goal defence working hard to get intercepts. The NT combination of Chelsea Hambour and Isabella MacDonald battled away but WA’s midcourt was able to find gaps at key stages to help take an 11-3 lead at quarter-time.

The second quarter saw WA bring Olivia Lewis into goal defence and Northern Territory bring on Tabatha Saville and Gabrielle Borchers at centre and goal attack.

NT captain Bethany Fry picked off some early intercepts but found it hard to break through the tight WA defence.

WA’s wing attack Tyler Rollo moved well and her creative play allowed goal shooter Alexandra Morgan to capitalise as it took control of the game to lead 25-7 lead at half-time.

WA continued to build on its lead in the second half with Miquela Vos earning an opportunity at goal shooter for Morgan. Courtney Kruta took the centre bib to start the third quarter and made good leads on the ring and the WA defence continued to force the NT into errors in its attack third.

Leading by 22 goals at three-quarter time, WA coach Lorraine English brought Bright back into goal defence and she picked up where she left off in the first half, nullifying the NT shooters.

The final result gave WA its fourth win of the week while the NT will look to gain its first victory in tomorrow’s play-off for seventh and eighth.

Western Australia shooting stats

Moeriana Bullen 19/21 (90%)
Alexandra Morgan 15/18 (83%)
Miquela Vos 10/14 (71%)

Northern Territory shooting stats

Georgia Clark 10/14 (71%)
Franjesca Cercarelli 2/6 (33%)
Courtney Murphy 1/1 (100%)
Savanah Tiller 1/2 (50%)
Gabrielle Borchers 1/5 (20%)

 

ACT 34 def TASMANIA 19

By ROMY JOENG

The ACT is on track for its best national championship finish since 2009 after recording a 16-goal win over Tasmania in the semi finals.

ACT got off to a great start, scoring the first three goals of the game and dominated the opening term thanks in part to the work of defenders Georgia Rixon and Claudia Barton.

The teamwork shown by ACT helped it secure a six-goal lead at the first break.

ACT continued to dominate the match in the second term with strength throughout the court and Rixon’s determination at goal keeper helping to extend its lead 18-7 at half-time.

Tasmania made a number of positional changes to start the second half, but ACT continued to dominate with fast movements down the court and high defensive pressure.

Tasmania’s defensive efforts increased but its midcourt struggled to get past the fortitude of ACT’s overall defence.

ACT’s shooters Leila Basic and Alison Miller helped ACT to a 24-13 lead at three-quarter time and, while both teams made multiple line-up changes for the last term, ACT’s overall strength let it run away with a 15-goal win and put it into a play-off for fifth and sixth tomorrow against Western Australia.

ACT shooting stats

Alison Miller 23/27 (85%)
Leila Basic 9/17 (53%)
Megan Sokic 2/4 (50%)

Tasmania shooting stats

Hannah Lee 14/17 (82%)
Hollie Moore 3/6 (50%)
Deanna Wadley 1/2 (50%)
Natalia Ayesu 1/4 (25%)

 

NEW SOUTH WALES 29 def SOUTH AUSTRALIA 27

By ROMY JOENG

New South Wales is through to the Grand Final after defeating South Australia by two goals in a thrilling semi-final.

The Sky Blues held off a gallant SA in a heart-stopping finish to continue their unbeaten record through the tournament.

The semi-final was played in front of a vocal crowd with supporters from both states urging on their teams.

It was NSW who made the best start and led 10-6 at quarter time with their defenders Lauren Moore and Cassandra Radford on top of their opponents.

But the second quarter saw SA fight back with some fast ball movement putting their opponents on the back foot with Charlee Hodges and Stephanie Sarro able to finish their good work.

At half-time SA had fought back to trail by one goal to the delight of their passionate fan base in the stands. Not to be out done, the NSW supporters also got behind their team knowing that the second half would be fought right down to the final whistle.

Neither state was prepared to allow the other to get a stranglehold on the match in the third quarter. Lauren Moore and Rachel Weideman were very strong in defence for their sides.  At three-quarter time NSW still held a one-goal lead setting up for a pulsating finish.

The two states traded goal-for-goal in an epic last quarter. Under pressure, Hodges shot at 100 per cent for the quarter to give SA some hope of pulling off an upset.

In the finish NSW captain Amy Parmenter pulled off a crucial intercept in the midcourt in the final minute that allowed goal shooter Prudence Ellis to seal a memorable victory.

NSW is through into its first Grand Final in two years aiming to reclaim the shield it last held in 2012.

New South Wales shooting stats

Kiera Austin 16/22 (73%)
Prudence Ellis 13/21 (62%)

South Australia shooting stats

Charlee Hodges 14/18 (78%)
Stephanie Sarro 13/14 (93%)

 

VICTORIA 40 def QUEENSLAND 35

By BEN CARBONARO

Victoria has booked itself a Grand Final spot for the ninth consecutive year after defeating Queensland by five goals in the semi-final this afternoon.

It was the second consecutive win for Victoria over Queensland after defeating it by 12 goals in the final group stage match yesterday.

In what was an extremely physical opening stanza, it took a while for both teams to settle. But it was Victoria who scored first courtesy of goal attack Kaliah-Mae Keepen.

The Queenslanders were never that far behind, even if the scoreboard didn’t show it as they trailed 12-9 at quarter time.

Victoria stepped it up in the second quarter as they piled on 11 goals to Queensland’s eight. Goal shooter Jane Cook took advantage of fast and quick passing through court to score accurately inside the circle.

A scare went through the Queensland camp when wing attack Kari Arrow fell awkwardly but pulled herself up off the ground and kept on playing as her team continued to scrap at every opportunity. It was Victoria that held a 23-17 half-time lead.

Both teams continued to look for opportunities to score as the third quarter wore on, but it was still Victoria on top.

This was despite Queensland making a change in the shooting circle with Binnian Hunt coming on at goal shooter and Abi Latu-Meafou switching across to goal attack.

In defence for Victoria, Jacqueline Newton did a superb job in restricting the flow of ball into the Queensland shooting circle and helped her team to a 31-25 final break lead.

In the final quarter the Victorians held sway as it wore on, but a late fightback from the Queensland brought it back to four goals.

Three late goals from Cook and Keepen ensured Victoria once again made it through to the Grand Final to face NSW tomorrow and an opportunity to defend the 17/U title.


Victoria shooting stats

Jane Cook 27/29 (93%)
Kaliah-Mae Keepen 13/17 (76%)

Queensland shooting stats

Abigail Latu-Meafou 17/20 (85%)
Binnian Hunt 14/18 (78%)
Alexia Baker 4/5 (80%)

 

19/U SEMI FINALS

NEW SOUTH WALES 40 def ACT 22

By LAUREN BORDIN

New South Wales defeated the ACT by 18 goals in a semi-final it never looked like losing.

NSW made the most of turnovers and stepping calls against the ACT, using these opportunities to move the ball quickly into its attacking third.

NSW shooters Natalie Eldridge and Lauren Yager helped begin the match positively for the Sky Blues with accurate shooting, scoring 10 goals in the first quarter.

The final two minutes of the first quarter were frantic with a held ball call against each team occurring within seconds of each other.

The same passage of play resulted in several turnovers until the ACT ultimately scored a goal, heading into the second quarter with a four-goal deficit.

ACT centre Joanna Collis, who played well in the group rounds of the tournament, unfortunately had to be taken off court with an injury and was replaced by Hayley Ngametua.

NSW’s determination to grow the lead saw its players stretch for each ball to try and intercept.

These intercepts were particularly widespread in defence by the Sky Blues’ goal keeper Billie Gurr and goal defence Toni Anderson, who teamed up well to restrict the ACT to four goals in the second quarter.

NSW and the ACT traded goals for the first half of the third quarter with an improvement in the ACT’s midcourt pressure helping them stay on par with NSW.

However the Sky Blues began to run away in the second half of the quarter.

A long range goal from Yager on a free shot after the buzzer assisted NSW to extend its 14-goal half-time lead to 17 going into the last quarter.

The ACT brought on a new wing defence and goal keeper to strengthen its defence in the final quarter.

This move was effective, as it slowed down NSW’s movement of the ball from the centre court to its attacking circle, and restricted NSW to only six goals in the quarter.

Despite these efforts, NSW’s three-quarter time lead was too big to close and the Sky Blues will enter the play-off for fifth position in the tournament with added confidence.

New South Wales shooting stats

Natalie Eldridge 21/25 (84%)
Lauren Yager 19/22 (86%)

ACT shooting stats

Sophie Immonen 15/20 (75%)
Molly Dickson 6/7 (86%)
Victoria Schmahl 1/2 (50%)

 

TASMANIA 31 def NORTHERN TERRITORY 21

By BEN CARBONARO

The euphoria of Northern Territory’s win over New South Wales yesterday was short-lived as it went down to Tasmania by 10 goals in this afternoon’s semi finals.

It was Tasmania’s second victory over the NT this week, having won 28-22 in a round robin match on Monday night.

It was a tight opening quarter as neither side were able to get create a significant lead. Just as she was during the group stage of the tournament, NT goal attack Samantha Gooden was the spearhead in attack for her team.

After a bright start by NT, the Tasmanians worked its way into the game and levelled things up at 7-all by quarter-time.

The second quarter was a low-scoring affair as both teams got plenty of the ball in the midcourt but couldn’t effectively feed it down to their shooters.

Tasmania gradually worked its way into the lead as goal attack Kate Archer and shooter Georgie Briggs helped the Island state to a 13-10 lead at half-time.

Tasmania gained ascendancy in the third quarter as it dominated in attack and caused the Northern Territory players to make numerous turnovers. At the final break, it was Tasmania leading 21-14.

Tasmania continued to power away in the final term as it dominated across the court, despite Northern Territory’s efforts to remain competitive. Tasmania’s defensive bookends in goal defence Victoria Honner and goal keeper Emily Miles were relentless with their pressure as Northern Territory struggled with on court connections.

Tasmania now has a chance to match its fifth-placed finish of last year when it takes on New South Wales in the finals tomorrow while the NT takes on the ACT in the play-off for seventh spot.

Tasmania shooting stats

Kate Archer 16/21 (76%)
Georgia Briggs 15/18 (83%)


Northern Territory shooting stats

Samantha Gooden 14/18 (78%)
Megan Craufurd 4/5 (80%)
Ashlee Singleton 3/6 (50%)

 

VICTORIA 32 def WESTERN AUSTRALIA 26

By LAUREN BORDIN

Victoria were given a scare in its semi-final against West Australia before running out six-goal winners and continue its unbeaten record through these national championships.

WA improved its game immensely since being defeated by 14 goals against Victoria early in the week.

Victoria began the game with several uncharacteristic misthrows into its attacking third that WA capitalised upon.

WA made the most of these mistakes with accurate shooting by Kimberley Shepherd and Annika Lee-Jones helping their side draw level at 8-all at the end of the first quarter.

WA defence was strong in its attempts to stop Victoria entering into its attacking circle and was able to have a two-goal lead early in the second quarter.

However by the mid-way mark of the quarter the scores returned to level as Victorian goal defence Georgette Paatsch worked hard in defence to cause turnovers and move the ball down the court.

Victoria still struggled to convert these opportunities with problems arising for Victoria when the ball entered its goal circle.

Victoria led by one goal at half-time after WA missed a chance to even up the scoreboard in the final seconds of the quarter.

Victoria improved its entry into the circle to start the second half, as Shepherd and Lee-Jones remained strong at the other end of the court.

The game continued to be a tight tussle and whilst WA looked the better team, Victoria was never behind by more than two goals.

Goal keeper Nicole Lendich stayed tight on Emma Ryde-Coad and kept her from having a big impact on the game for most of the third quarter.

Victoria continued to force the ball into its circle and again led by one goal entering the final quarter.

The flow of the ball into Victoria’s circle improved with better placed passes into the shooters.

Victoria’s goal keeper Kate Eddy had a notable last quarter, as she jumped and out stretched her arms to try and get an intercept off every ball.

In what could have been a massive blow for Victoria, goal attack Andrea Tai had her ankle re-strapped in the last few minutes of the quarter to ensure she could play out the match.

WA still continued to play an impressive game and the margin never extended beyond two goals until the final two minutes of the quarter.

However, Victoria’s desperation to make the Grand Final began to show as they stormed home to win by six goals.

Victoria shooting stats

Andrea Tai 17/22 (77%)
Emma Ryde-Coad 15/16 (94%)

Western Australia shooting stats

Annika Lee-Jones 20/23 (87%)
Kimberley Shepherd 6/9 (67%)

 

QUEENSLAND 41 def SOUTH AUSTRALIA 28

By LAUREN BORDIN

Queensland was able to make amends today for last year’s 19/U grand final loss to South Australia.

Queensland cruised to a 13-goal semi-final win over SA to set up a showdown with Victoria in the championship final. It’s the first time these two states have played off for the title since 2005.

Both teams had starring goal shooters in the first quarter, with Queensland shooter Cara Koenen and SA shooter Kelsey Williams scoring the majority of goals for their team.

Queensland was clean through the midcourt, particularly helped by captain Hulita Haukinima and vice captain Dominique Scott.

This effective movement of the ball into the circle helped Queensland open up the game and have a four goal lead at the end of the quarter.

Queensland’s impressive play continued as intercepts from wing defence Jemma Mi Mi and goal keeper Leah Middleton helped keep SA from scoring in the first few minutes of the quarter.

Koenen entered the game with 90% accuracy for the tournament and she continued to dominate in Queensland’s goal circle, not missing a goal in her 16 shots for the half.

SA continued to be able to get through Queensland’s defence and the margin was only five goals at half-time.

However Queensland always looked the better side remaining strong across the court.

It again kept SA goalless until almost the midway point of the third quarter, as Queensland scored six goals unanswered.

SA worked hard to move the ball through the midcourt, but was forced to use excess passes to get there.

Koenen missed her first goal for the game but that didn’t affect Queensland as it grew it lead to 12 goals entering the fourth quarter.

SA brought on new wings and its movement in the midcourt began to improve slightly in the final quarter

Even with greater entry into its attacking third, Queensland’s defence put pressure on these passes and was often able to cause turnovers in its one sided win.

Queenland only lost to Victoria by 3 goals in the group stages and so will think its a good chance to win tomorrow’s Frand Final.

Queensland shooting stats

Cara Koenen 33/36 (92%)
Bianca Cattelini 8/13 (62%)

South Australia shooting stats

Kelsey Williams 21/26 (81%)
Taylor Greig 7/8 (88%)