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SOUTH AUSTRALIA 54 def QUEENSLAND 34
By MALLORY PETERSEN
South Australia continued its unbeaten run to wrap up its preliminary matches with a 20-goal win over Queensland today.
The winners showed a tight defence is the key to winning games, with SA players contesting every ball and forcing turnovers all over the court.
The game got off to an even start with both teams going goal for goal and Queensland showing they had what it took to match it with the reigning champions.
SA just held the edge at the first break with a two-goal lead.
The second quarter saw SA capitalise on its momentum and blow the lead out to 12 goals.
The combination of goal keeper Maddy Turner and goal defence Ahmehlia Schmidt proved formidable with the pair restricting QLD to just five goals for the quarter.
From the third quarter on, a win to the home state was never in doubt.
SA’s midcourt pressure was outstanding, with Maddy Proud and Gia Abernethy creating turnovers through their speed and persistence.
QLD’s Madeleine Walsh and Olivia O’Donnell were tireless in their efforts to regain control of the game, but the home side proved too good and at three-quarter time were up by 17 goals.
QLD goal keeper Aldora Tulua wasn’t introduced until the last quarter but immediately had an impact on the game, applying pressure on the SA shooters and bringing down some all important rebounds.
However this was to no avail, as SA kept their cool to make the most of the chances they had and quickly convert, thanks to shooters Cody Lange and Georgia Virgo.
This smart method of play will hold them in good stead for tomorrow’s semi-finals.
South Australia shooting stats
Cody Lange 25/31 (81%)
Georgia Virgo 21/28 (75%)
Chelsea Lemke 8/11 (73%)
Queensland shooting stats
Lauren Sculley 13/26 (50%)
Jemmason Power 12/16 (75%)
Claudia Jones 9/14 (64%)
VICTORIA 53 def ACT 36
By AMELIA DAWKINS
Victoria tuned up for tomorrow’s semi-final with a comfortable 17-goal victory over the ACT.
Both teams began the match slightly unsettled, but it was Victoria who were able to steady first.
Confident shooting from goal attack Ramayer Gourley and goal shooter Madeline Morrison, combined with excellent support from around the goal circle, ensured Victoria broke away early.
ACT was unable to capitalise in attack and Victoria led 14-5 at quarter-time.
ACT looked as though it was set to make a comeback early in the second term with help from centre Georgia Clayden, who picked up an impressive intercept mid-court.
Improved passages of play were noticeable for ACT, but they still struggled to break free from Victoria’s defence, who made it difficult for them to advance down the court.
Victoria appeared full of confidence and their goalers continued to shoot brilliantly.
ACT goal shooter Georgia Marshall didn’t miss a shot in the second quarter and goal attack Dannielle Pickett remained calm when it came to scoring.
Goal keeper Lara Bowyer also did well for ACT and was able to pick up some loose balls and deflections, however Victoria’s overall dominance saw them leading 29-15 at half-time.
Once again ACT looked more promising at the start of the third quarter and Victoria made some simple errors. But the momentum returned Victoria’s way, who got the lead out to 17 goals.
The ACT defence were receiving a tough work out but refused to give in which eventually paid off.
Goal defence Keely Rodrigo had to call an injury time after causing a terrific turn over which assisted ACT in reducing the score to trail by 12 goals at three-quarter-time.
ACT rotated their attack at the start of the fourth quarter bringing Emma Walmsley-Stonehouse on at goal attack and giving Renae Marshall a run at goal shooter after another injury time out. Victoria also brought on Maddie Hickey at goal attack.
During the quarter, Victoria centre Madeline Carter continued to prove her talent in picking up some good intercepts, while also driving the ball strongly down the court and feeding precisely into the circle.
It was always going to be tough for ACT to come back and as the quarter developed Victoria ran away with the deserved victory.
Victoria shooting stats
Mikaela Vaughan 27/44 (61%)
Maddie Morrison 18/27 (67%)
Ramayer Gourley 4/7 (57%)
Maddie Hickey 4/8 (50%)
ACT shooting stats
Georgia Marshall 21/34 (61%)
Dannielle Pickett 10/14 (71%)
Emma Walmsley-Stonehouse 4/6 (67%)
Renae Marshall 1/1 (100%)
NEW SOUTH WALES 48 def WESTERN AUSTRALIA 35
By SAM FINN
New South Wales overcame a determined Western Australia to win the final pool match of this year’s 21/U titles by 13 goals.
The of the WA goalers was a highlight of the first term, with Emma Cosh and Sophie Garbin finding each other regularly under the post.
NSW’s Taylah Davies brought plenty of energy at wing attack and carried the majority of the burden at centre passes. NSW’s defence was on song from the first ball, keeping WA high and wide on the court, and forcing plenty of turnovers.
At quarter-time, NSW held a controlled, but not dominant advantage of five goals.
Western Australia’s captain Jessica Eales missed the match through injury, and her gritty hands over pressure was missed in the second quarter, with NSW pulling away through some crisp attacking movements and fantastic pressure from Kristiana Manu’a and Karli Ireland in the defensive circle.
The second quarter belonged to NSW, as they extended their advantage to 28-14 at the main break.
The main break must have freshened up the WA unit, as they came out firing, matching NSW for defensive intensity. Both Cosh and Garbin were on song in the attacking end, while Annika Lee-Jones was giving her all against Australian 21/U representative Kristina Brice.
Ingrid Colyer showed why she was called up as a replacement player for the West Coast Fever in 2013. Her drives and precise feeds into the goal circle helped WA strike back. NSW still ended up taking the quarter by a goal, but the effort and intent from WA was there even though they trailed by 15 goals with 15 minutes to play.
Both coaches gave their benches a run during the final term, and it was a relatively even contest, with both teams trying to adjust to new combinations. NSW’s Maddie Hay once again showed why she has been touted as a player for the future, with her ability to read the play and leave her player for possession gains a highlight.
WA showed plenty of fight in the second half, but ultimately the consistency and reliability of New South Wales shone through.
New South Wales will now face Victoria in tomorrow’s semi-finals for a spot in Sunday’s Grand FInal.
New South Wales shooting stats
Kristina Brice 29/43 (74%)
Amy Sommerville 9/14 (64%)
Lauren Cantwell 8/11 (73%)
Claudia Russell 2/4 (50%)
Western Australia shooting stats
Sophie Garbin 20/26 (77%)
Emma Cosh 9/14 (64%)
Kimberley Burton 6/7 (86%)