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QUEENSLAND 45 def ACT 36
By AMELIA DAWKINS
Queensland has defeated the ACT by nine goals in the first match of Round 4 to put itself in a good position to reach the semi finals for the first time since 2011.
Queensland’s pressure down the court and defence in the circle was outstanding right from the first quarter, forcing ACT’s attack to really strive for the ball.
Accurate shooting from goal shooter Jemmason Power, several long-range shots to goal attack Lauren Sculley and some excellent patience and feeding into the circle, ensured Queensland got out to an early lead of 11 goals at the first break.
ACT began the second quarter looking more promising. Goal keeper Lara Bowyer had some strong rebounds and pick ups and goal shooter Georgia Marshall backed herself as ACT began to capitalise on given opportunities.
Queensland steadied with help from captain and wing defence Madeline McAuliffe who created some tight pressure mid court.
They still had a handy lead of 26-17 at half-time as the ACT could only manage to reduce the score minimally.
ACT started the second half with a bang as the team began to gel and brought the lead back to within four goals.
Brilliant passages of play throughout the court and cool heads from the ACT goalies proved they could handle the pressure.
A strong pick-up from Queensland goal defence Madeline Walsh was crucial in allowing them to steady and increase the lead slightly. But ACT came back in the dying minutes and trailed by four goals at three-quarter-time setting up a thriller last term.
It was Queensland who took early honours at the beginning of the last quarter but it wasn’t long until ACT fought back.
A fierce battle was played out between the teams as each gave their all and the pressure intensified.
It remained goal for goal until Queensland broke away to a nine-goal lead due to a combination of quick reflexes from goal attack Sculley, accurate shooting from Power and good feeding by centre Cassidy.
ACT centre Georgia Clayden did well to keep the ball in play after an injury time out which gave ACT another chance to cause an upset win. However a leaping intercept from goal keeper Aldora Tulua returned the advantage to Queensland.
From there Queensland ran away with the win despite a late energetic berth from ACT.
Queensland shooting stats
Jemmason Power 36/45 (80%)
Lauren Sculley 9/16 (56%)
Claudia Jones 0/6 (0%)
ACT shooting stats
Georgia Marshall 28/42 (67%)
Dannielle Pickett 8/11 (73%)
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 53 def NEW SOUTH WALES 41
By TAMSIN SCHOLZ
South Australia and New South Wales fought out an entertaining contest with the hosts continuing its unbeaten record with a 12-goal win.
In a fast-paced match, SA came out firing and had six goals on the board before NSW scored. This was the difference at quarter-time.
Pressure down the court forced errors from both sides in the second quarter, but excellent defence saw SA continue to pull away.
Georgie Virgo continued to impress at goal shooter for SA, missing only one goal for the quarter while captain Amy Sommerville did the same for NSW.
Impressive feeding into the ring by wing attack Maddy Proud and centre Gia Abernethy made it difficult for the NSW defenders.
The second half really was a game of two quarters, with a great effort across the board by SA putting them 20 goals in front at the final break.
NSW missed opportunities in front of goal and SA capitalised on great rebounding by defences Sarah Klau and Amhelia Schmidt.
However changes to the team in the fourth quarter made a difference as SA struggled to adapt.
Scoring became difficult for the home side while NSW capitalised on turnovers.
Kristina Brice proved hard to stop at goal shooter, shooting at 100 per cent accuracy for the match after coming on at an injury time out in the third quarter.
South Australia shooting stats
Georgie Virgo 34/39 (87%)
Cody Lange 17/32 (53%)
Molly Affolter 2/5 (40%)
New South Wales shooting stats
Amy Sommerville 16/21 (76%)
Kristina Brice 14/14 (100%)
Claudia Russell 8/18 (44%)
Lauren Cantwell 3/4 (75%)
VICTORIA 47 def WESTERN AUSTRALIA 34
By SAM FINN
Victoria bounced back from its Round 3 loss the previous night against South Australia to overcome Western Australia by 13 goals this afternoon.
The Vics will have to play the remainder of the tournament without star goal shooter Alice Teague-Neeld, who has returned home after being called into the Melbourne Vixens squad for Sunday’s ANZ Championship match against the Queensland Firebirds.
In a hard-fought opening, both teams came out with a strong defensive intensity that forced a number of turnovers for each side.
WA began with Annika Lee-Jones at goal shooter after her first run in the tournament came at goal keeper but she couldn’t find the space she wanted at the back thanks to a full team defensive effort from the Vics.
Victoria settled quicker and took a three-goal lead at the first break. WA coach Michelle Wilkins opted for speed in the goal circle in the second term, replacing Lee-Jones with Emma Cosh that created a different challenge to the in-form Victorian goal keeper Emily Mannix.
However the change made little difference,as the Vics pulled away, led by consistent and dynamic play from skipper Maggie Lind and the cool head of Maddie Morrison under the post. Victoria’s transition from defence to attack was a feature of its game, with their rhythm and use of angles causing problems.
The Vics took the quarter 14-10 to head into the main change seven goals ahead.
The third quarter was much of the same for Victoria, their relentless hands over pressure and rhythm in attack was simply too much for WA, who only managed four goals for the quarter. Victoria piled on 16 in an impressive display of full court defence and creative and consistent attack.
At the end of it all was the athletic and ever-consistent Maddie Morrison, who shot an impressive 12 goals for the term and finished with 21 goals from 27 attempts in her three quarters at goal shooter.
Both coaches made full use of their reserves in the last quarter, with all players taking the court. WA showed glimpses of skill and strong defensive play in the last to win the quarter by six goals.
But it was too little too late as Victoria recorded its third victory from four matches heading into tomorrow’s final pool games.
Victoria shooting stats
Maddie Morrison 21/27 (78%)
Maddie Hickey 8/12 (67%)
Ramayer Gourley 5/6 (83%)
Western Australia shooting sats
Kimberley Burton 18/23 (78%)
Sophie Garbin 6/9 (67%)
Emma Cosh 6/13 (46%)
Annika Lee-Jones 4/7 (57%)