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SOUTH AUSTRALIA 48 def WESTERN AUSTRALIA 30
By SAM FINN
South Australia’s quest for back-to-back 21/U titles is off to a perfect start after recording a 48-30 victory over Western Australia in the opening match at Netball SA Stadium.
It was a nervous start from both sides as the defensive circles dominated the first term. For WA, 197cm goal keeper Annika Lee-Jones’ hands over pressure was fantastic while her opposite number, Sarah Klau, had great variety over the shot, causing the WA shooters some problems.
SA wasted a number of opportunities to extend its lead, but ultimately held a one goal advantage at quarter-time.
Early in the second quarter, it seemed WA had turned a corner, bringing the margin within one, but SA managed to find a response with goal shooter Georgie Virgo finding some better space at the back making it easier for midcourters Gia Abernethy and Kelly Altmann to put the long ball in.
After a tight half an hour of netball, it was SA who led 20-17.
The third quarter began much like the first two, with SA holding a slim advantage and WA keeping itself in the game with plenty of work being done by Emma Cosh. The WA goal attack wasn’t afraid to shoot from range and gave their shooting circle plenty of balance.
WA introduced the youngest player at these championships, 17-year-old Sophie Garbin, into goal shooter and she started well, nailing her first two attempts at goal. Cosh’s game ended when she was forced from the court late in the third quarter after copping a knock, which left the WA goal circle exposed in the last quarter.
With 15 minutes to play, SA held a six-goal advantage and showed in the last quarter why it is the reigning champions, giving the crowd a masterclass display.
With the SA defence standing up for 60 minutes, its attacking end began converting chances and extending the advantage. Klau was outstanding for the home team in the GK bib, while Altmann and Abernethy were consistent options in the midcourt.
Before going off injured, Cosh was fantastic for WA while Ingrid Colyer was a dynamic presence in the middle. A 15-3 final quarter by SA sends an ominous warning to the other states, signalling its hunger to claim back-to-back titles.
SA Shooting Stats
Georgie Virgo 29/41 (71%)
Chelsea Lemke 15/24 (63%)
Molly Affolter 4/5 (80%)
WA Shooting Stats
Emma Cosh 17/26 (65%)
Kimberley Burton 9/15 (60%)
Sophie Garbin 4/5 (80%)
NEW SOUTH WALES 45 def v ACT 43
By MALLORY PETERSEN
New South Wales has started its campaign triumphantly after downing the Australian Capital Territory by just two goals today.
A tense last quarter saw the lead continuously change between the two sides as intensity in the stadium went up another level and spectators of both became vocal in their support.
However it was NSW who came up trumps, mainly due to the steady defensive work of Karli Ireland and Kristiana Manu’a, who were outstanding all game.
NSW also have their captain Amy Somerville to thank, who in the dying minutes kept a level head and was instrumental in the final NSW goals.
As the game started it was clear a win for either side was not going to be an easy feat, with players evenly matched and neither side threatening to pull away.
At quarter time NSW held a one-goal lead.
The second quarter saw an eight-goal turnaround, with brilliant intercepts by ACT centre Bec Collis and ACT wing attack Georgia Clayden resulting in a seven-goal lead at half-time.
After the half-time break, NSW coach Megan Simpson responded by introducing three new players including centre Taylah Davies, whose midcourt pressure and strong leads were instrumental in the side’s comeback.
A goal on the siren by shooter Kristina Brice saw NSW go into the last quarter with a three-goal lead.
However, ACT came back fighting, with co-captain Keely Rodrigo causing turnovers through defensive pressure and goal shooter Georgia Marshall quickly converting to ensure ACT lead by one with five minutes to go.
NSW quickly responded with a three-goal turnaround to win by two goals.
NSW Shooting stats
Kristina Brice 23/31 (74%)
Amy Sommerville 11/19 (58% )
Claudia Russell 7/18 (39%)
Lauren Caldwell 4/7 (57%)
ACT Shooting stats
Georgia Marshall 33/40 (83%)
Danielle Pickett 8/13 (61%)
Emma Walmsley-Stonehouse 2/5 (40%)
VICTORIA 51 def QUEENSLAND 37
By AMELIA DAWKINS
Victoria has secured a first round triumph with a 14-goal win over Queensland at Netball SA Stadium.
In a great battle for the final match of the opening day, Victoria won 51-37 after pulling away with the lead in the final quarter.
Both teams started the match with great defensive pressure and there was a tight contest for the ball throughout the court.
Victoria led 11-8 at quarter-time after goal shooter Madeline Morrison put through an excellent shot at the end of the quarter.
Both teams shot accurately in the first few minutes of the second quarter and the score remained relatively close until Victoria edged their way to a seven-goal lead.
Midway through the quarter Queensland began to fight their way back, capitalising on some great turn overs down the court.
Queensland managed to level the score in the final minutes of the quarter with some great shooting by goal shooter Claudia Jones but Victorian led 21-20 at half-time.
Victoria brought Mikaela Vaughan on at goal shooter in the third quarter and she worked well with goal attack Alice Teague-Neeld to help Victoria get out to a five-goal lead.
A brilliant pick up by goal defence Madeleine Walsh assisted Queensland in reducing the gap to two mid quarter. However Victoria steadied with some great passages of play and led 38-31 at three-quarter time.
Queensland made some changes at the start of the fourth quarter, but Victoria began to edge away in the early minutes taking the lead out to 12.
Queensland centre Olivia O’Donnell and wing attack Stephanie O’Brien refused to give up and gave their all as they fed the ball brilliantly into the goal circle as brought the margin back to nine goals.
But Victoria once again pulled clear with some great defensive work and good shooting.
Victoria shooting statistics
Alice Teague-Neeld 24/31 (77%)
Madeline Morrison 14/18 (78%)
Mikaela Vaughan 13/20 (65%)
Queensland shooting statistics
Claudia Jones 23/29 (79%)
Beryl Friday 8/10 (80%)
Jemmason Power 4/9 (44%)
Lauren Sculley 2/4 (50%)