2015 21/U National Championships Day 1 reports

DSC_4354It’s the opening day of the 2015 21/U National Netball Championships on the naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast, official destination partner for the event. Here’s the match reports.

All photos courtesy of Neville Heintze.

Victoria 48 defeated Western Australia 33

The opening game of this year’s national championships at the Caloundra Indoor Stadium saw Victoria, runners up the past two years, start its campaign with a convincing first up win over Western Australia.

It was tight opening quarter with Victorian just ahead at the first break 10-9. However it didn’t take long for the Victorians to stamp their authority in the circle, pulling away early in the second quarter and never looking back.

Victoria led by 12 goals at half-time but WA’s second half was a lot better than its first.

The West Australian’s still executed some great netball down the stretch but could not match the shooting power of Victoria’s 198cm shooter Jane Cook, who shot at 86 per cent accuracy for the match.

Victorian shooting stats
Jane Cook 37/43 (86%)
Madeline Morrison 5/13 (38%)
Anastasia Hamill 3/4 (75%)
Elle Rice 3/9 (33%)

WA shooting stats
Kaylia Stanton 21/32 (66%)
Sophie Garbin 7/11 (64%)
Kimberley Burton 5/6 (83%)


New South Wales 63 defeated Tasmania 31

DSC_4411New South Wales have made a positive start to its campaign with a 32-goal victory over Tasmania.

But Tasmania, making its first 21/U national championship appearance since 2012, stunned its opponents by scoring the first four goals of the match before NSW hit the scoreboard through Kristina Brice.

The Sky Blues soon took the lead through some tight defensive work by Billie Gurr and went to the first break with a 12-goal lead.

Vice-captain Maddie Hay was instrumental in helping NSW took control of the game with her long arms and tight one-on-one defence creating turnovers for her shooters to capitalise.

Georgia M. Marshall was also prominent with her feeding into Brice as NSW went to the main break leading by 20 goals.

NSW coach Megan Simpson made wholesale changes to her line-up to start the second half, including bringing captain Kristina Brice into centre. Tasmania provided an entertaining contest for the spectators and had its best scoring quarter of the match in the third term.

The last quarter was low scoring in comparison to the rest of the match with NSW restricting Tasmania to just four goals but only scoring 10 itself.

New South Wales shooting stats
Kristina Brice 40/46 (87%)
Stephanie MacGougan 19/25 (76%)
Georgia Marshall 4/7 (57%)

Tasmania shooting stats
Estelle Margetts 16/24 (67%)
Danielle Pickett 15/25 (60%)


South Australia 68 defeated ACT 24

DSC_4522Defending champions South Australia showed its dominance right from the start of its opening round match to secure a polished win over the ACT.

South Australia, chasing a hat-trick of titles, stamped its authority in the opening minutes to race to a 5-0 lead against the ACT.

SA showed why it’s held the title for the past two years, using their speed in the midcourt to feed a lethal circle pairing of Chelsea Lemke and Georgie Virgo.

That pair shot at 88 per cent accuracy for the game.

The ACT were no match for the tournament favorites, but hung in there with its shooters enjoying glimpses of dominance.

Victoria Schmahl come on in the second half and shot seven goals at 100 per cent accuracy in the last term and finished the match with 10 goals at 91 per cent overall.

South Australia shooting stats
Georgie Virgo 25/30 (88%)
Chelsea Lemke 18/31 (58%)
Charlee Hodges 16/23 (69%)
Rebecca Winch 9/11 (81%)

ACT shooting stats
Victoria Schmahl 10/11 (91%)
Alison Miller 9/11 (81%)
Lauren Cartwell 4/10 (40%)
Sophie Immonen 1/2 (50%)


Queensland 54 defeated Northern Territory 29

DSC_4730After a shaky start, the hosts put on a brilliant display of netball to grab a Round 1 win over a gallant Northern Territory.

In its first national championship appearance in three years, the NT took it right up to Queensland in the first term and only trailed by three goals at the first break.

But it wasn’t long before the home team kicked into gear and raced away to a nine-goal lead at the main break.

Queensland coach Tracey Jeanes-Fraser rotated her line-up in the second half and the team was ruthless, combining well in both the attack and defensive ends.

Bianca Cattelini and Jemmason Power continued to build on the good lead set up by Beryl Friday and Briony Payne in the first half.

The midcourt of Dominque Scott, Mahalia Cassidy and Madeline McAuliffe gave the Queenslanders plenty of speed and drive up the middle as Queensland extended its lead to 19 goals heading into the final term.

Queensland shooting stats
Bianca Cattelini 17/21 (81%)
Jemmason Power 15/23 (65%)
Briony Payne 12/21 (57%)
Beryl Friday 10/16 (63%)

Northern Territory shooting stats
Deni Tauleiei 15/22 (68%)
Ramayer Gourley 11/14 (79%)
Megan Craufurd 2/7 (29%)
Michelle Winch 1/1 (100%)


New South Wales 54 defeated Victoria 39

DSC_4408The Sky Blues have shown they will be a major contender for this year’s 21/U national title after beating traditional rivals Victoria by 15 goals to open the afternoon session on day 1.

It was the first time that NSW has beaten Victoria at these titles since the 2012 semi-final in Perth.

Having lost to Victoria by one goal and four goals at last year’s titles in Adelaide on their way to a third-placed finish, NSW set out to finish the first day with two victories and led by two goals at quarter time.

The Sky Blues began to step up their game in the second term and went into the main break leading by five goals.

The third quarter was where NSW set up its win, restricting Victoria to just seven goals while piling on 11 to extend its lead to nine goals heading into the final term.

With shooter Kristina Brice proving a formidable target in the goal circle, the Sky Blues powered away in the final term to record an important victory.

New South Wales shooting stats
Kristina Brice 47/53 (87%)
Georgia Marshall 7/14 (50%)

Victoria shooting stats
Jane Cook 32/39 (83%)
Madeline Morrison 5/12 (42%)
Maggie Lind 2/2 (100%)


Western Australia 52 defeated Tasmania 32

DSC_4449Western Australia bounced back from its opening round defeat to round out its day 1 campaign with a 20-goal win over Tasmania.

WA got away to a strong start and led by seven goals at quarter time.

But Tasmania bounced back in the second quarter and were able to match WA goal for goal for most of the term.

The break seemed to spark WA into action as the second half began as it quickly stretched its lead from eight goals out to 14 by three-quarter time.

The final quarter saw WA continue to build on its lead as Tasmania’s earlier momentum petered out. The result saw WA split its day 1 matches.

WA shooting stats
Kaylia Stanton 35/41 (86%)
Sophie Garbin 10/16 (63%)
Kimberley Burton 7/11 (64%)

Tasmania shooting stats
Dannielle Pickett 12/20 (60%)
Estelle Margetts 11/13 (85%)
Zoe Claridge 9/19 (48%)


South Australia 49 defeated Queensland 30

A dominant opening term paved the way for defending champions South Australia to finish the opening day with two victories.

SA jumped the host state in the first quarter and raced to a 12-goal lead at quarter time with shooter Georgie Virgo proving a handful for the Queensland defence.

The quarter-time break seemed to spark Queensland into action and it matched SA in the second term, but could not make any in-roads into the deficit.

The third quarter was a dour battle with the defences of both teams on top as Queensland were able to slightly reduce SA’s lead back to what it was at quarter-time.

But the introduction of Rebecca Winch to goal attack for the last term saw SA put the result beyond doubt and remain one of two unbeaten sides heading into Round 3.

South Australia shooting stats
Georgie Virgo 31/48 (65%)
Rebecca Winch 9/10 (90%)
Chelsea Lemke 9/15 (60%)

Queensland shooting stats
Beryl Friday 19/26 (74%)
Bianca Cattelini 10/18 (56%)
Jemmason Power 1/5 (20%)


ACT 56 defeated Northern Territory 39

DSC_4544The ACT has claimed its first victory at the 21/U national titles in two years after beating the Northern Territory in the final match on the opening day of the 2015 tournament.

The ACT’s last victory came against Queensland in the play-off for fifth and sixth at the 2013 tournament in Canberra. In Adelaide last year the ACT drew with Western Australia.

A strong opening quarter set up its victory as the ACT quickly raced to an 11-goal lead by quarter time with shooter Alison Miller happy to finish off the good work done further up the court by her teammates.

The ACT stretched that advantage to 15 goals at the main break and as far out as 20 at three-quarter time.

The NT enjoyed its best period of the game in the final term, winning the quarter 14-11 with import Ramayer Gourley dominating at goal shooter to cut the final margin to 17 goals.

ACT shooting stats
Alison Miller 40/47 (86%)
Laurn Cantwell 16/23 (70%)

NT shooting stats
Deni Taulelei 18/22 (82%)
Ramayer Gourley 15/19 (79%)
Michelle Winch 6/10 (60%)