Fury stretches ANL winning streak

ANL1The Victorian Fury has stretched its winning streak to 17 matches in the Australian Netball League after clean sweeping its three matches in Round 3 over the weekend.

The defending ANL champions moved to the top of the ladder after toppling the Netball NSW Blues (66-37), the Southern Force (53-51) and intrastate rivals the Victorian Flames (56-42) in an action-packed weekend at the Waverley Netball Centre.

The Fury’s two-goal win over the Force was the closest match of the weekend with the hosts overcoming a four-goal half-time deficit to score a crucial win. The introduction of former Melbourne Vixens shooter and NSW Swifts recruit Erin Hoare into goal shooter proved crucial in the second half.

Hoare shot 22 goals while midcourter Kelsey Browne was also influential after shifting to wing attack.

ANL5In Sunday’s Victorian derby, a big second quarter helped the Fury jump away to a 12-goal half-time lead and they were able to maintain that advantage for the next two quarters.

The combination of Stephanie Puopolo and Alice Teague-Neeld proved difficult for the Flames defenders to handle with Puopolo finishing off her productive weekend with 25 goals at 90 per cent accuracy in the win.

Despite their narrow loss to the Fury, the Force were able to score two wins over the weekend against the Flames and Blues to move into second spot on the ladder, a game behind the Fury.

Adelaide Thunderbirds pair Cody Lange and Laura Packard led the way for the South Australians.

The Flames stayed in touch with the top four after beating the Blues by four goals on Saturday night in a hard-fought contest.

Brisbane and Hobart are the host venues for the next round of the Australian Netball League this weekend.

ANL4Week Three Results:

Southern Force (54) defeated Vic Flames (49)
Force shooting stats:
Cody Lange 32/40 (80%)
Laura Packard 21/25 (84%)
Chelsea Lemke 1/5 (20%)

Flames shooting stats:
Jane Cook 31/34 (92%)
Gabrielle Sinclair 14/21 (67%)
Andrea Tai 4/4 (100%)

Vic Fury (66) defeated NSW Blues (37)
Fury shooting stats:
Stephanie Puopolo 23/25 (92%)
Simone Nalder 18/26 (70%)
Gabrielle Sinclair 11/15 (74%)
Alice Teague-Neeld 17/20 (85%)
Erin Hoare 8/13 (62%)

Blues shooting stats:
Georgie Marshall 11/18 (62%)
Holly Pearce 10/11 (91%)
Claudia Russell 9/12 (75%)
Kiera Austin 7/8 (88%)

Vic Flames (49) defeated NSW Blues (45)
Flames shooting stats:
Stacey Northey 24/28 (86%)
Gabrielle Sinclair 18/22 (82%)
Jane Cook 7/7 (100%)

Blues shooting stats:
Holly Pearce 19/25 (76%)
Kiera Austin 14/15 (94%)
Claudia Russell 12/15 (80%)

Vic Fury (53) defeated Southern Force (51)
Fury shooting stats:
Erin Hoare 22/26 (85%)
Stephanie Puopolo 19/20 (95%)
Alice Teague-Neeld 12/15 (80%)

Force shooting stats:
Laura Packard 26/35 (75%)
Cody Lange 20/24 (84%)
Georgie Virgo 5/8 (63%)

Southern Force (67) defeated NSW Blues (40)
Force shooting stats:
Georgie Virgo 30/32 (94%)
Chelsea Lemke 14/16 (88%)
Kylie Jarrett 14/19 (74%)
Laura Packard 9/11 (82%)

Blues shooting stats:
Kiera Austin 15/18 (84%)
Claudia Russell 9/14 (65%)
Holly Pearce 8/12 (67%)
Georgia Marshall 8/13 (62%)

Vic Fury (56) defeated Vic Flames (42)
Fury shooting stats:
Stephanie Puopolo 25/28 (90%)
Alice Teague-Neeld 23/26 (89%)
Erin Hoare 8/11 (73%)

Flames shooting stats:
Jane Cook 21/22 (95%)
Gabrielle Sinclair 17/19 (89%)
Stacey Northey 4/6 (67%)

Canberra Darters
Queensland Fusion
Tassie Spirit
Western Sting
Territory Storm
NSW Waratahs

Ladder after Week Three:

1Vic Fury550029319310151.81
2Southern Force54102802268123.89
3NSW Waratahs2200150574263.16
4Western Sting32101541244124.19
5Vic Flames52302402314103.90
6Tassie Spirit4220167213478.40
7Queensland Fusion2110115912126.37
8NSW Blues5140227272283.46
9Canberra Darters4040147257057.20
10Territory Storm303085194043.81