Mixed results open round one of the ANL

The Australian Netball League (ANL) kicked off over the weekend with seven of the eight teams notching up wins, including new teams Canberra GIANTS and Tasmanian Magpies.

Each team will play two games a week against the same opposition, with the option for players from the aligned Suncorp Super Netball team to play in one or both of these games.

Western Sting opened their 2017 ANL season in the best possible fashion, with a convincing eight goal win over the Southern Force at Priceline Stadium in Adelaide, winning 67-59.

It was a game of two halves with Force finishing the second quarter up by nine, while a dominant third quarter, during which Sting outscored Force 20-8, saw an impressive victory by the West Coast side.

The tables turned in game two with Southern Force taking out the win 69-57, attributed to a 12 goal lead at half time. As expected, the Sting came out hard again, however were unable to stop the Force in their quest for a Round One win on the board.

Both teams were injected with star power as players from their aligned SSN teams were able to play, but it was the Force who secured a 12 goal victory.

Brian Lines, coach of Southern Force was impressed with his team’s efforts in the opening round of the competition.

“A great lesson learnt for our relatively young team in this elite environment. Unfortunately we lost that second half (of the first game), the Sting did a great job in being able to bring back that lead and pushed ahead.”

“For Netball SA and the Southern Force, what we’re excited about and what we’re wanting to achieve out of this year is obviously wins, but more about the development of our players in this pathway.

“We have a younger group who is looking forward to a career in netball and this exposure and this learning around what it takes to play at this level is what we’re really excited about.”

The newly formed Tasmanian Magpies kicked off their ANL campaign with a 51-44 win over reigning premiers, Victorian Fury in a curtain raiser to the Melbourne Vixens v Magpies Netball SSN game at Hisense Arena on Saturday.

However, Victorian Fury were able to regroup in the second game on Sunday at the State Netball and Hockey Centre and took the win, 53-46.

It was a successful weekend for Queensland Fusion in Brisbane, claiming victories in both games against the relaunched Territory Storm, winning 47-27 and 60-38.

A battle of the Bridge rivalry continued after the GIANTS Netball v NSW Swifts SSN game, with the Canberra GIANTS hosting the Netball NSW Waratahs at Sydney Olympic Park. The new Netball ACT venture fell short to the Waratahs, 50-58, however took out the second game in a nail-biter 46-45 victory.

 

(Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

 

ROUND TWO

Friday, 24 February

Home team Away team Time Location
Territory Storm Vic Fury 7.30pm Pat Gallagher Centre, Alice Springs

 

Saturday, 25 February

Home team Away team Time Location
Canberra GIANTS Western Sting 4pm Genea Netball Centre, Sydney
Netball NSW Southern Force 7.30pm Genea Netball Centre, Centre
QLD Fusion Tasmanian Magpies 5pm Ormiston College, Brisbane
Territory Storm Vic Fury 7.30pm Pat Gallagher Centre, Alice Springs

 

Sunday, 26 February

Home team Away team Time Location
Netball NSW Southern Force 1pm Genea Netball Centre
Canberra GIANTS Western Sting 11am Genea Netball Centre, Sydney
QLD Fusion Tasmanian Magpies 11am Ormiston College, Brisbane