Western Sting eyeing off ANL finals return

IMG_8428The Western Sting has moved into semi-final contention in the Australian Netball League after claiming two crucial victories in Week 6 action at Adelaide’s Netball SA Stadium. 

The Sting sits in fourth spot on the ladder heading into the final week of the regular season courtesy of 55-46 win over the Netball NSW Blues on Saturday night and a 62-39 result against the Canberra Darters on Sunday.

The Sting last played finals in 2012 and next Saturday night’s clash with the Southern Force in Darwin looms as a virtual elimination final for both teams.

The Force remain a game outside the top four after splitting their home court matches over the weekend.

The Force were made to work hard for their 57-40 victory over the Darters to open the round. After leading by six goals at quarter-time, the Force watched as the Darters cut the deficit to just three heading into the last term.

But the Force produced a strong last quarter, holding the Darters to just three goals to post their fourth win of the season.

However, the Force went down to the Netball NSW Waratahs 67-49 on Sunday morning with an explosive opening term setting up the visitors’ win.

IMG_9894The Waratahs jumped to a 15-goal lead at quarter time and maintained a double figure margin over the Force for the rest of the match.

Goal shooter Kristina Brice finished the game with 46 goals at an outstanding 98 per cent accuracy while her combination with Leah Shoard shot at an impressive 95 per cent accuracy for the match, a season-high.

The round concludes in Sydney on Wednesday night with the New South Wales derby. The Blues will be keen to finish on a positive by scoring their first win against the Waratahs since 2008 while the Waratahs can move into third spot on the table heading into the final round with a win.

Week 7 action features a double header with matches being played in Darwin and the Waverley Netball Centre in Melbourne.

Photos courtesy of Trevor Webb

Week Six Results:

Southern Force (57) defeated Canberra Darters (40)

Force shooting stats:

Georgie Virgo 43/58 (75%)

Chelsea Lemke 14/24 (59%)

 

Darters shooting stats:

Alison Miller 24/27 (89%)

Alix McDermott 16/20 (80%)

 

Western Sting (55) defeated Netball NSW Blues (46)

Sting shooting stats:

Kate Beveridge 23/25 (92%)

Kaylia Stanton 19/20 (95%)

Sarah East 13/17 (77%)

 

Blues shooting stats:

Kiera Austin 24/31 (78%)

Holly Pearce 22/26 (85%)

 

Netball NSW Waratahs (67) defeated Southern Force (49)

Waratahs shooting stats:

Kristina Brice 46/47 (98%)

Leah Shord 21/24 (88%)

 

Force shooting stats:

Georgie Virgo 24/28 (86%)

Cody Lange 20/26 (77%)

Laura Packard 5/6 (84%)

 

Western Sting (62) defeated Canberra Darters (39)

Sting shooting stats:

Kate Beveridge 24/28 (86%)

Kaylia Stanton 17/23 (74%)

Emma Cosh 11/14 (79%)

Jessica Eales 10/12 (84%)

 

Darters shooting stats:

Alix McDermott 24/33 (73%)

Mardi Alpin 15/17 (89%)

 

Netball NSW Waratahs v Netball NSW Blues

Wednesday 13 August, 7.00pm

Anne Clark Centre, Sydney

 

Bye:

QLD Fusion

Tassie Spirit

Territory Storm

Victorian Flames

Victorian Fury

 

Ladder after Week Six:

RANK TEAM P W L D F A Pts %
1 Victorian Fury 7 7 0 0 436 266 14 163.91
2 Queensland Fusion 7 6 1 0 464 369 12 125.75
3 Victorian Flames* 7 5 2 0 315 247 10 127.53
4 Western Sting 7 5 2 0 381 317 10 120.19
5 NSW Waratahs 6 4 2 0 429 267 8 160.67
6 Southern Force* 7 4 3 0 332 294 8 112.93
7 NSW Blues 8 2 6 0 386 430 4 89.77
8 Tassie Spirit 7 2 5 0 301 402 4 74.88
9 Canberra Darters 9 1 8 0 346 562 2 61.57
10 Territory Storm 7 0 7 0 233 469 0 49.68

 

* The result of the Round 3 match between Victorian Flames and Southern Force has been overturned by the Competition Appeals Committee following a breach to a clause of the competition rules. The Flames have been awarded the victory.