Waratahs make dominant start to ANL campaign

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Two dominant victories to start its campaign has seen the Netball NSW Waratahs go to the top of the ladder after round two of the 2014 Australian Netball League (ANL).

Waratahs shooter Kristina Brice spearheaded her side to an 80-26 victory over the Canberra Darters at Sydney’s Anne Clark Centre on Saturday night and a 70-31 win against the Tassie Spirit on Sunday.

Brice shot 63 goals at 93 per cent accuracy against the Darters and then backed up with 58 goals at 99 per cent accuracy against the Spirit as the Waratahs, runners up last season, made the perfect start to the season.

Defending champions the Victorian Fury also made an unbeaten start to their title defence and stretched their winning streak to 14 after claiming two victories across in Perth.

The Fury defeated hosts the Western Sting 51-35 on Saturday night and proved too strong for the Territory Storm on Sunday, winning 67-28.

The loss to the Fury was the Sting’s only defeat of the round as the WA side scored a 67-33 win over the Storm and then toppled the Victorian Flames 52-40 on Sunday.

Former Australian Diamond Kate Beveridge shot 33 goals at 90 per cent accuracy in the victory against the Flames.

The Sting sit inside the top four at the completion of round two.

The game of the round was played in Sydney between the Tassie Spirit and Netball NSW Blues with the visitors claiming a thrilling one-goal victory 48-47.

In a match where the lead ebbed and flowed, the Spirit were able to hold out the Blues in the final minutes to claim a crucial victory that keeps them in touch with the top four.

Tassie shooter Sophie Gunn finished the match with 40 goals at 84 per cent accuracy.

The QLD Fusion and Southern Force had the bye.

Week Two Results:

Western Sting (67) defeated Territory Storm (33)
Sting shooting stats:
Kaylia Stanton 22/30 (74%)
Kate Beveridge 20/23 (87%)
Sarah East 19/25 (76%)
Emma Cosh 6/10 (60%)

Storm shooting stats:
Michelle Winch 22/40 (55%)
Nicola Gray 11/19 (58%)

Vic Flames (60) defeated Territory Storm (24)
Flames shooting stats:
Jane Cook 23/27 (86%)
Stacey Northey 19/23 (83%)
Gabrielle Sinclair 11/15 (74%)
Andrea Tai 7/10 (70%)

Storm shooting stats:
Nicole Gray 12/17 (71%)
Rebecca Winch 8/11 (73%)
Michelle Wicmch 4/10 (40%)

Vic Fury (51) defeated Western Sting (35)
Fury shooting stats:
Erin Hoare 25/32 (79%)
Alice Teague-Neeld 20/26 (77%)
Simone Nalder 6/8 (75%)

Sting shooting stats:
Kaylia Stanton 19/28 (68%)
Kate Beveridge 11/14 (79%)
Sarah East 5/7 (72%)

NSW Waratahs (80) defeated Canberra Darters (26)
Waratahs shooting stats:
Kristina Brice 63/68 (93%)
Amy Sommerville 9/12 (75%)
Leah Shoard 8/14 (58%)

Darters shooting stats:
Alix McDermott 14/19 (74%)
Alison Miller 10/15 (67%)
Mardi Alpin 1/3 (34%)
Lisa Kaye 1/4 (25%)

Tassie Spirit (48) defeated NSW Blues (47)
Spirit shooting stats:
Sophie Gunn 40/48 (84%)
Kate Costello 8/13 (62%)

Blues shooting stats:
Holly Pearce 28/37 (76%)
Kiera Austin 14/18 (78%)
Claudia Russell 5/5 (100%)

Vic Fury (67) defeated Territory Storm (28)
Fury shooting stats:
Stephanie Puopolo 29/37 (79%)
Erin Hoare 19/21 (91%)
Simone Nalder 14/20 (70%)
Alice Teague-Neeld 5/8 (63%)

Storm shooting stats:
Michelle Winch 14/27 (52%)
Nicola Gray 12/18 (67%)
Courtney Murphy 2/6 (34%)

Western Sting (52) defeated Vic Flames (40)
Sting shooting stats:
Kate Beveridge 33/37 (90%)
Kaylia Stanton 10/17 (59%)
Sarah East 9/12 (75%)

Flames shooting stats:
Jane Cook 17/21 (81%)
Gabrielle Sinclair 15/24 (63%)
Stacey Northey 8/12 (67%)

NSW Waratahs (70) defeated Tassie Spirit (31)
Waratahs shooting stats:
Kristina Brice 58/59 (99%)
Leah Shoard 8/10 (80%)
Amy Sommerville 4/6 (67%)

Spirit shooting stats:
Hayley Sansom 12/14 (86%)
Catherine van Keulen 6/13 (47%)
Sophie Gunn 5/7 (72%)
Kate Costello 4/4 (100%)
Estelle Margetts 4/6 (67%)

NSW Blues (58) defeated Canberra Darters (42)
Blues shooting stats:
Kiera Austin 27/30 (90%)
Georgia Marshall 25/32 (79%)
Lauren Yager 6/6 (100%)

Darters shooting stats:
Alison Miller 19/23 (83%)
Alix McDermott 14/18 (78%)
Mardi Alpin 9/13 (70%)

Bye:
QLD Fusion
Southern Force

Ladder after Week Two:

RANKTEAMPWLDFAPts%
1NSW Waratahs2200150574263.16
2Vic Fury2200118634187.30
3Southern Force2200108844128.57
4Western Sting32101541244124.19
5Tassie Spirit4220167213478.40
6Vic Flames2110100762103.58
7Queensland Fusion2110115912126.37
8NSW Blues2110105902116.67
9Canberra Darters4040147257057.20
10Territory Storm303085194043.81