2015 17/U and 19/U National Championship Wraps

The 17/U and 19/U National Championships are underway at Netball Central in Sydney. Here’s the wrap of the opening day of action in both age groups from AIMEE DAWSON.

Images courtesy of Murray Wilkinson Photography.


Netball NationalsDay one of the 17/U National Championship has drawn to a close and Queensland and New South Wales top the ladder with two wins each.

New South Wales were the victors over South Australia in a low-scoring match, with the defensive efforts of both teams keeping the scores under 30 goals.

NSW lead at every break, however SA kept in touch, being defeated only by five goals, 27–22.

Western Australia displayed a brilliant defensive game when they took on the Northern Territory.

Defenders Olivia Lewis and Belinda Lowe for WA were instrumental in keeping NT to 10 goals for the match.

WA lead for most of the match, and won by 26 goals, 36–10.

Reigning champions Victoria went down in a surprise loss to Queensland, losing by three goals, 26–23.

Queensland’s defence were on top of Victoria, with Jenner Kimberley and Tara Hinchliffe creating plenty of opportunities for their shooters, having 10 more attempts at goal.

In the final game of the day, Australian Capital Territory were victors over Tasmania.

Tasmania dominated from the second quarter after Tasmania lead in the first.

ACT won by nine goals 32–23.

The netball action continues tomorrow from 8am, with WA taking on Queensland in the first game of the day.

New South Wales 27 defeated South Australia 22

NSW shooting stats

Veronika Jukic 14/21 (67%)

Laura Towell 12/15 (87%)


SA shooting stats

Sasha Glasgow 12/17 (71%)

Tarnie Shinnick 5/6 (84%)

Mary Wilson 5/8 (63%)


Netball NationalsWestern Australia 36 defeated Northern Territory 10

WA shooting stats

Amber Clemsha 24/29 (83%)

Jessica Meachim 12/15 (80%)


NT shooting stats

Courtney Summers 6/12 (50%)

Franjesca Cercarelli 2/3 (67%)

Sophie Gaynor 1/1 (100%)

Courtney Murphy 1/5 (20%)


Queensland 26 defeated Victoria 23

Queensland shooting stats

Binnian Hunt 15/20 (75%)

Alexia Baker 6/10 (60%)

Rylie Holland 5/7 (72%)


Victoria shooting stats

Danielle Phillips 12/14 (86%)

Tahnysha Salanoa 6/7 (86%)

Rahni Samason 3/4 (75%)

Bridget O’Halloran 2/2 (100%)


ACT 32 defeated Tasmania 23

ACT shooting stats

Jacoba Clough 24/29 (83%)

Madison Robinson 4/5 (80%)

Nalani Makunde 3/3 (100%)

Alexandra Sengelman 1/3 (34%)


Tasmania shooting stats

Renee Terry 21/29 (73%)

Hollie Moore 2/9 (23%)


New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland all recorded wins in the first round of the competition.

The first game of the championship was a close encounter between New South Wales and Western Australia, with the scores being tied at half-time.

A switch of positions between NSW goalers Tamara Black and Laura Towell entering the second half gave NSW the edge they needed and finished their first game with a win, 31–23.

South Australia dominated in their first game of the championship, defeating Northern Territory 46-9.

The SA defenders Sophie Croft, Lauren Mcskimming, Emily O’Connell and Erin Scott were instrumental in their state’s 37-goal win.

The Victorian U/17 team started their title defence in great form, defeating the Australian Capital Territory 43–16.

Both teams were on song with their shooting, with both Victoria and ACT shooting at 85 per cent.

Queensland also recorded a win in the opening round, defeating Tasmania 39–14.

Queensland were fast out of the blocks, with shooters Claire Frost and Binnian Hunt scoring 21 goals in the first half combined.

Queensland midcourters Claudia Fitzpatrick, Alexia Baker, Julia Robinson and Jada Gafa were great, feeding the ball into the shooters and giving them many opportunities to score.

The next round will begin this afternoon with NSW taking on SA at 3pm.


New South Wales 31 defeated Western Australia 23

NSW shooting stats

Laura Towell 20/26 (77%)

Tamara Black 11/18 (62%)


WA shooting stats

Morgan Miller 12/18 (67%)

Rose Aryang 11/14 (79%)


South Australia 46 defeated Northern Territory 9

SA shooting stats

Mary Wilson 17/24 (7%)

Tarnie Shinnick 15/20 (75%)

Sasha Glasgow 14/19 (74%)


NT shooting stats

Courtney Summers 6/9 (67%)

Franjesca Cercarelli 3/5 (60%)


Victoria 43 defeated ACT 16

Victoria shooting stats

Tahnysha Salanoa 12/14 (86%)

Danielle Phillips 12/16 (75%)

Rahni Smason 10/11 (91%)

Bridget O’Halloran 9/10 (90%)


ACT shooting stats

Jacoba Clough 8/8 (100%)

Madison Robinson 3/3 (100%)

Nalani Makunde 3/4 (75%)

Alexandra Sengelman 2/4 (50%)


Queensland 39 defeated Tasmania 14

Queensland shooting stats

Claire Frost 25/40 (63%)

Binnian Hunt 8/10 (80%)

Alexia Baker 3/4 (75%)

Rylie Holland 3/5 (60%)


Tasmania shooting stats

Natasha Shirley 5/8 (63%)

Hollie Moore 4/5 (80%)

Renee Terry 3/5 (60%)

Jordyn Becker 2/2 (100%)



Netball NationalsThe second round of 19/U National Championship began with another thrilling match, this time between South Australia and Victoria.

Despite Victoria having a lead of six goals at half-time, SA managed to draw the score back to just one in the final quarter. But it was unable to take the lead, with Victoria winning 31–30.

The defensive effort from SA defenders Amelia Basedow and Kelsey Williams in the last quarter allowed SA to comeback from four goals down at three-quarter time and contend for the win.

New South Wales recorded their first win of the tournament, defeating Australian Capital Territory 39–22.

After going down to Victoria in the first round, NSW bounced back to win by 17 goals.

Western Australia and Queensland were tied at the first break, however WA were able to edge away in the third quarter to win by nine, 42–33.

Sophie Garbin for WA was pivotal in the win, scoring 26 goals from 33 attempts. Kimberley Shepherd also scored 16 goals from 18 attempts in WA’s win.

Abigail Meafou for Queensland also shot well, scoring 22 goals at 92 per cent.

In the final game of the day Tasmania defeat Northern Territory 30–24.

Tasmanian shooter Natalie Eldridge dominated in attack, scoring 22 goals at 92 per cent.

Tasmania lead the whole match with its defensive and midcourt players giving them a wealth of opportunity to score.

NT staged a comeback in the last quarter, scoring seven goals to Tasmania’s five, however were unable to finish with the win.

Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania top of the ladder with two wins each.

Another full day of netball begins tomorrow at 9am from the 19/U competition.


Victoria 31 defeated South Australia 30

Victoria shooting stats

Emma Ryde 22/30 (74%)

Zanna Woods 9/13 (70%)


SA shooting stats

Kelsey Williams 21/29 (73%)

Charlee Hodges 6/9 (67%)

Stephanie Sarro 3/5 (60%)


New South Wales 39 defeated ACT 22

NSW shooting stats

Kiera Austin 14/15 (94%)

Cristina Linaker 12/14 (86%)

Teegann Ryan 9/13 (70%)

Emily Moore 4/4 (100%)


ACT shooting stats

Alison Miller 12/14 (86%)

Molly Dickson 4/4 (100%)

Sophie Immonen 3/4 (75%)

Brittney Reynolds 3/5 (60%)


Western Australia 42 defeated Queensland 33

WA shooting stats

Sophie Garbin 26/33 (79%)

Kimberley Shepherd 16/18 (89%)


Queensland shooting stats

Abigail Meafou 22/24 (92%)

Cara Koenen 11/16 (69%)

Tasmania 30 defeated Northern Territory 24

Tasmania shooting stats

Natalie Eldridge 22/24 (92%)

Deanna Wadley 8/15 (54%)


NT shooting stats

Lauren Yager 14/18 (78%)

Rebecca Winch 10/15 (67%)


Netball NationalsThe 19/U National Championship has started with a thrilling round of close scores, with Tasmania causing the upset of the round, defeating reigning champions Queensland by one-goal.

Arch rivals Victoria and New South Wales played in the opening game, with Victoria prevailing to defeat NSW 35–27.

Victorian shooter Emma Ryde was outstanding, shooting 28 goals from 29 attempts at 97 per cent for the match.

South Australia were also victors in their first match, narrowly edging out Australian Capital Territory by four goals.

ACT took the lead early over SA, leading by four at the first break, before SA made a comeback in the second-quarter.

SA took a five goal lead into the half-time break, and maintained the lead to the final whistle.

Tasmania and Queensland provided a thrilling encounter, with Tasmania taking the lead in the final quarter to win by just one goal.

The see-sawing match saw the lead change multiple times, with Tasmania leading by one goal at the end of the first quarter.

Queensland took over the one goal lead at the end of the first half, however by three-quarter time, the scores were tied at 26-all.

Tight shooting from both sides was critical for the final quarter, with Tasmania scoring the one extra goal to win 33–32.

Western Australia were the big winners of the round, defeating Northern Territory 53–20.

WA defenders Nicole Lendich, Natalie Bright and Emma Buggins were instrumental in their team’s win, holding the opposition to three goals in the first quarter.

WA goal shooter Alexandra Morgan was also a crucial part of their win, scoring 36 goals from 40 attempts at 90 per cent.

The second round will begin at 4pm in a match between rivals Victoria and SA.


Victoria 35 defeated New South Wales 27

Victoria shooting stats

Emma Ryde 28/29 (97%)

Samantha Gooden 7/9 (78%)


NSW shooting stats

Kiera Austin 18/20 (90%)

Cristina Linaker 6/7 (86%)

Emily Moore 3/3 (100%)


South Australia 34 defeated ACT 30

SA shooting stats

Asha Thurlow 15/9 (79%)

Charlee Hodges 8/10 (80%)

Stephanie Sarro 6/9 (67%)

Kelsey Williams 5/6 (84%)


ACT shooting stats

Alison Miller 23/26 (89%)

Sophie Immonen 4/5 (80%)

Brittney Reynolds 3/5 (60%)


Tasmania 33 defeated Queensland 32

Tasmania shooting stats

Deanna Wadley 18/18 (100%)

Natalie Eldridge 15/20 (75%)

Queensland shooting stats

Cara Koenen 16/22 (73%)

Georgie Briggs 14/15 (94%)

Abigail Meafou 2/2 (100%)


Western Australia 53 defeated Northern Territory 20

WA shooting stats

Alexandra Morgan 36/40 (90%)

Sophie Garbin 10/11 (91%)

Kimberley Shepherd 7/13 (54%)


NT shooting stats

Rebecca Winch 11/12 (92%)

Lauren Yager 7/8 (88%)

Tasha Dack 2/2 (100%)