Fury extend lead in ANL

Game One          Game Two
Vic Fury 53 v Western Sting 50          Vic Fury 63 v Western Sting 51
QLD Fusion 55 v NNSW Waratahs 43          QLD Fusion 38 v NNSW Waratahs 41
Tas Magpies 44 v Southern Force 50          Tas Magpies 50 v Southern Force 49
Territory Storm 36 v Canberra GIANTS 57          Territory Storm 29 v Canberra GIANTS 66

 
Reigning champions, Victorian Fury have extended their lead against the competition, winning both of their Round Four matches of the Australian Netball League (ANL).

The home court advantage proved too strong, as the Fury hosted Western Sting as a curtain raiser to the Melbourne Vixens v West Coast Fever Suncorp Super Netball game at Hisense Arena on Saturday night.

It was neck and neck throughout the game and heading into the final quarter, Fury lead by six. With the addition of Brittany Turnball into wing attack, Sting managed a comeback to draw level halfway through the last term. However, momentum fell and Fury walked away with a three goal win, 53-50.

Game Two proved to be difficult for the Sting from the get-go, not recovering from trailing by nine at quarter time.

“To be nine down in the first quarter and only go on to lose by 11 is frustrating because it shows we are competitive in the contest by not consistently from the start,” Western Sting Head Coach, Michelle Wilkins told Netball WA.

“Our build up was quite good in attack but we need to be cleaner with the ball because it was a handful of basic errors that placed us under pressure.”

Fury’s intensity throughout the game was too strong for the Sting, with the home side victorious, 63-51.

Across the water, excitement levels were high with the Tasmanian Magpies hosting their first ANL home game at Launceston.

It wasn’t the result they were after in Game One, going down to Southern Force 44-50.

With their sights set on redemption in front of a home crowd, the Magpies were able to secure the win in a nail biter, winning 50-49.

Up North, a second placed Queensland Fusion hosted the Netball NSW Waratahs at the University of Sunshine Coast with Fusion hoping to cement a win to keep them in Grand Final contention.

Game One showed positive signs for Fusion, being able to take the win, 55-43.

The Waratahs were able to bounce back on the Sunday, defeating the Fusion 38-41. This saw Queensland’s position in second place bumped to third.

It was a successful weekend for the Canberra GIANTS who, with Fusion and Force both suffering a loss, were able to jump from fourth position to second after their two wins over Territory Storm.

The Storm started off well in Game One, with scores locked at quarter time. The Giants outscored the Storm 16-8 in the second term, holding onto the momentum of the game and recording a 21 goal win.

Inspired by their win, Canberra came out even stronger on the Sunday and were too good for the Storm who just couldn’t find their feet. The GIANTS came out on top, 66-29.
 

Round Five

SATURDAY

Territory Stormv Tasmanian MagpiesLogan Metro Sports Centre2.30pm
Western Stingv NNSW WaratahsPerth State Netball Centre3.00pm
QLD Fusionv Vic FuryLogan Metro Sports Centre5.30pm
Canberra GIANTSv Southern ForceSolarHub ACT Netball Centre6.00pm

 

SUNDAY

Territory Stormv Tasmanian MagpiesLogan Metro Sports Centre9.00am
Western Stingv NNSW WaratahsPerth State Netball Centre10.30am
QLD Fusionv Vic FuryLogan Metro Sports Centre11.00am
Canberra GIANTSv Southern ForceAIS Arena3.30pm

 

Full fixture

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