Fusion charges up ANL ladder

ANL1Three victories have catapulted Queensland Fusion into second spot on the Australian Netball League ladder after Round 4 action over the weekend.

The Fusion have announced themselves as genuine finals contender this season after a dominant weekend on their home court in Brisbane, highlighted by a double extra time thriller over Netball NSW Waratahs to open the round.

The Fusion last played finals in 2011 and the results of the weekend puts them in a strong position heading into the second half of the season.

In their first victory over the Waratahs in six meetings, the Fusion hauled in an 11-goal half-time deficit to finish level on 62-all at the end of regulation time.

Scores were still tied at the end of extra time, but it was Fusion that got control of the game in the second period of extra time to claim an 80-78 victory with up-and-coming shooter Cara Koenen finishing with 38 goals at 89 per cent accuracy.

Despite the loss, Waratahs shooter Kristina Brice was outstanding with 56 goals at 97 per cent accuracy.

ANL4Queensland Fusion then toppled the Western Sting 63-50 on Saturday afternoon, pulling clear in the third quarter after an even first half between the two sides vying for a top four spot.

The home side made it a clean sweep of the round with a 73-39 win over Territory Storm on Sunday with Queensland Firebird recruit Gretel Tippett leading the way with 35 goals at 78 per cent accuracy.

In the other crucial result of the round, Western Sting claimed their second victory over the Waratahs and first since 2009 with a 60-45 victory on Sunday afternoon. Young West Coast Fever shooter Kaylia Stanton shot 41 goals to keep the Sting in touch with the top four.

The Waratahs hold fourth spot on the ladder on percentage from Western Sting.

In the clash in Hobart as part of the double header weekend, the Victorian Flames kept in touch with the top four after beating the Tassie Spirit 51-34 on Sunday.

After an even opening term, the Flames produced a strong second quarter to open up an eight-goal advantage by the main break and continued to stretch that lead in the second half to record their third victory of the season.

The Flames are level on points with the Waratahs and Sting, but have played an extra game.

Canberra’s AIS Arena will host Round 5 action this weekend.

Pictures: Courtesy of Burton Photography

 

Week Four Results:

QLD Fusion (80) defeated NSW Waratahs (78)

Fusion shooting stats:

Cara Koenen 38/43 (89%)

Stephanie Wood 36/42 (86%)

Gretel Tippett 6/9 (67%)

 

Waratahs shooting stats:

Kristina Brice 56/58 (97%)

Leah Shord 22/28 (79%)

 

QLD Fusion (63) defeated Western Sting (50)

Fusion shooting stats:

Stephanie Wood 29/39 (75%)

Cara Koenen 18/20 (90%)

Beryl Friday 16/17 (95%)

 

Sting shooting stats:

Kaylia Stanton 40/45 (89%)

Kate Beveridge 10/14 (72%)

 

NSW Waratahs (89) defeated Territory Storm (21)

Waratahs shooting stats:

Kristina Brice 35/37 (95%)

Amy Sommerville 28/30 (94%)

Melissa Tallent 26/33 (79%)

 

Storm shooting stats:

Katelyn Platten 12/22 (55%)

Nicola Gray 6/14 (43%)

Michelle Winch 3/5 (60%)

 

QLD Fusion (73) defeated Territory Storm (39)

Fusion shooting stats:

Gretel Tippett 35/45 (78%)

Beryl Friday 19/22 (87%)

Ameliaranne Wells 13/15 (87%)

Stephanie Wood 6/6 (100%)

 

Storm shooting stats:

Michelle Winch 17/21 (81%)

Rebecca Winch 14/20 (70%)

Katelyn Platten 7/9 (78%)

Nicola Gray 1/3 (34%)

 

Western Sting (60) defeated NSW Waratahs (45)

Sting shooting stats:

Kaylia Stanton 41/51 (81%)

Kate Beveridge 16/24 (67%)

Emma Cosh 3/4(75%)

 

Waratahs shooting stats:

Leah Shord 19/22 (87%)

Melissa Tallent 11/15 (74%)

Kristina Brice 10/12 (84%)

Amy Sommerville 5/7 (72%)

 

Vic Flames (51) defeated Tassie Spirit (34)

Flames shooting stats:

Gabrielle Sinclair 19/22 (87%)

Jane Cook 16/20 (80%)

Stacey Northey 16/20 (80%)

 

Spirit shooting stats:

Kate Costello 21/25 (84%)

Hayley Sansom 12/22 (55%)

Catherine Van Keulen 1/4 (25)

 

Bye:

Canberra Darters

NSW Blues

Southern Force

Vic Fury

 

Ladder after Week Four:

RANKTEAMPWLDFAPts%
1Vic Fury550029319310151.81
2Queensland Fusion54103312588128.29
3Southern Force54102802268123.89
4NSW Waratahs53203622186166.06
5Western Sting53202642326113.79
6Vic Flames63302912656109.81
7Tassie Spirit5230201264476.14
8NSW Blues5140227272283.46
9Canberra Darters4040147257057.20
10Territory Storm5050145356040.73