2015 21/U National Championships Day 2 reports

The 2015 21/U National Netball Championships on the naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast, official destination partner for the event continues today. Here’s the match reports from day 2 action.

All photos courtesy of Neville Heintze.

DSC_5097Queensland 55 defeated Western Australia 46

The host state bounced back from its Round 2 defeat on the opening night to win a tight encounter against Western Australia to begin day 2 action.

While Queensland led at every break, it wasn’t until the last quarter that it was able to pull away for its second victory of the tournament and stay in touch with the leading states on the ladder.

Both states headed into the match having split their opening day matches and it was a close encounter from the opening whistle.

Queensland led by two goals at quarter time and maintained that advantage heading into the half-time break. It was able to slightly extend that lead to three goals heading into the final quarter and set up a tense finish.

But Beryl Friday stepped up in the last term to guide Queensland to a nine-goal victory.

Queensland shooting stats
Beryl Friday 39/47 (83%)
Bianca Cattelini 16/25 (64%)

WA shooting stats
Kaylia Stanton 24/28 (86%)
Sophie Garbin 22/29 (76%)


New South Wales 52 defeated ACT 45

DSC_5173The Sky Blues were given an almighty scare by a spirited ACT line-up before continuing their unbeaten campaign this morning.

The ACT matched it with NSW for more than three quarters – and actually led its more fancied opponents heading into the final term – before running out of steam and allowing the Sky Blues to post their third straight victory.

NSW got away to a good start but the ACT were able to peg back the lead to just two goals at the first break. It was much the same in the second term with the ACT refusing to back down as the Sky Blues took a three-goal lead into half-time.

The third quarter saw the ACT take control of the match as they quickly hauled in the deficit and then poured on the pressure to lead by three goals heading into an eagerly anticipated final term.

The crowd sensed a major upset was brewing when the ACT got away to a six-goal lead early in the final term.

But NSW showed its class and experience to regain control of the match and hold the ACT to just six goals for the term while scoring 16 itself to secure a hard-fought victory. For the third consecutive match, NSW shooter Kristina Brice finished with more than 40 goals.

New South Wales shooting stats
Kristina Brice 41/46 (90%)
Stephanie MacGougan 11/16 (69%)

ACT shooting stats
Alison Miller 31/34 (92%)
Lauren Cantwell 14/19 (74%)


South Australia 68 defeated Tasmania 24

DSC_5259The versatility of South Australia’s goal circle was on show as the defending champions cruised to a 44-goal victory over Tasmania in Round 3 of the 21/U National Championships.

The final scoreline was an exact replica of SA’s Round 1 round win against the ACT on the opening day of the tournament.

South Australia got away to a flyer and led by 15 goals at quarter-time with its defence of Sarah Klau and Lucy Armfield outstanding as they restricted Tasmania to three goals for the term.

At half-time, with his side leading by a commanding 27 goals, SA coach Brian Lines swapped his entire goal circle with Georgie Virgo and Rebecca Winch coming on for Chelsea Lemke and Charlee Hodges but it did little to slow up the side’s scoring power.

The SA defence never allowed Tasmania to score double figures in any quarter as it registered its third victory from as many matches.

South Australia shooting stats
Georgie Virgo 23/33 (70%)
Chelsea Lemke 23/28 (83%)
Charlee Hodges 14/21 (67%)
Rebecca Winch 8/14 (58%)

Tasmania shooting stats
Danielle Pickett 9/17 (53%)
Amelia von Steglitz 6/12 (50%)
Estelle Margetts 5/10 (50%)
Zoe Claridge 4/9 (45%)


Victoria 52 defeated Northern Territory 27

DSC_5429Victoria has bounced back from its Tuesday night loss to New South Wales to stay in the race for a major semi-final berth after beating the NT by 25 goals in the final match of Round 3.

The Territory side made Victoria work hard to get the two points. The opening term was an even affair with just one goal the difference at the first break in Victoria’s favor.

In the second quarter the Victorian defence of Leah Reilly and Madeline Balson were able to get on top of the NT shooters while, at the other end, the towering presence of Jane Cook was proving difficult to combat.

Victoria quickly raced away from the NT and by half-time had opened up a 10-goal lead. Coach Nicole Richardson then opted to introduce Anastasia Hamill into the match and her combination with Cook allowed Victoria to continue to build on its lead.

Victoria was able to double its score in the second half while restricting the NT to just 11 goals to claim its second win from three matches while the NT remain winless.

Victoria shooting stats
Jane Cook 31/37 (84%)
Anastasia Hamill 11/15 (74%)
Elle Rice 6/14 (43%)
Madeline Morrison 4/13 (31%)

NT shooting stats
Ramayer Gourley 16/19 (85%)
Deni Taulelei 5/9 (56%)
Megan Craufurd 4/4 (1005)
Michelle Winch 2/5 (40%)


Western Australia 49 defeated ACT 42


Western Australia bounced back from its nine-goal defeat this morning against the host state Queensland to lead at every quarter against the ACT.

WA got away to a good start but the ACT was able to keep the match close, trailing by four goals at the end of the first quarter.

By half-time, the ACT trailed by 13 goals with its defence struggling to keep up with WA.

WA goal shooter Kaylia Stanton took charge of the match in the second quarter and was the standout performer throughout the game with brilliant shooting accuracy.

The ACT had strong momentum in the third quarter to close the gap on WA, although it still trailed by eight goals at three-quarter time.

The ACT looked a better side in the second half compared to the first but it was WA’s speed and accuracy that saw it triumph by seven goals and square its win-loss ledger after four matches.

Western Australia shooting stats:
Kaylia Stanton 38/49 (77%)
Megan Bakeberg 8/12 (66%)
Kimberley Burton 3/11 (28%)

ACT shooting stats:
Alison Miller 28/36 (77%)
Lauren Cantwell 14/20 (70%)


New South Wales 64 defeated Queensland 45


DSC_5133Queensland were keen to mark its territory and show its title credentials in this clash with the in-form New South Wales and came out with intent by scoring the first three goals of the match.

But after withstanding that early burst, the Sky Blues started showing some serious muscle and why they had won their first three matches of the tournament.

After leading by four goals at quarter time, NSW began to play with confidence in the second term with the agile Georgia Marshall ensuring her team went into the main break ahead by seven goals.

Queensland managed to hang on well into third quarter, but New South Wales slowly built on its lead and were 15 goals ahead by three-quarter time.

There was seamless interaction between Marshall and New South Wales goal shooter Kristina Brice, who again dominated the scoring.

The Caloundra Indoor Stadium was packed with parochial Queensland supporters who never stopped cheering their team on.

But on this occasion Queensland could not stop a dominant New South Wales from recording a 19-goal victory.

New South Wales shooting stats:
Kristina Brice 47/52 (91%)
Georgia Marshall 14/18 (78%)
Stephanie MacGougan 3/4 (75%)

Queensland shooting stats:
Beryl Friday 24/26 (93%)
Jemmason Power 10/12 (84%)
Bianca Cattelini 6/8 (75%)
Briony Payne 5/10 (50%)


South Australia 43 defeated Victoria 36


DSC_5262South Australia kept its eyes on the prize, maintaining its winning streak to defeat neighboring rivals Victoria to wrap up its day two campaign.

SA led throughout the entire match, but the Victorians continued to fight right to the finish.

Having finished runners up to South Australia the past two years, Victoria came out hard and were determined to outsmart the current champs.

Both teams were fierce in the first quarter but it was South Australia which led by two goals at the first break.

The high-paced game saw bodies being flung to the floor with bumps and bruises being the last thing on their minds.

By the end of the first half, the defending champs led by four goals to maintain the suspense and fierce competitiveness between the two rivals. That lead remained the same heading into the final term after an even third quarter.

South Australia’s goal attack Chelsea Lemke and goal shooter Georgie Virgo kept the Victorian defence on their toes for the full 60 minutes as SA finished the second day of competition on top of the ladder with its fourth victory.

South Australia shooting stats:
Chelsea Lemke 22/29 (76%)
Georgie Virgo 21/27 (78%)

Victoria shooting stats:
Jane Cook 30/34 (89%)
Madeline Morrison 4/9 (45%)
Anastasia Hamill 2/4 (50%)


Northern Territory 40 drew with Tasmania 40


DSC_5306The final match on the second day saw the first draw played for the 2015 national championships as the Northern Territory and Tasmania offered an exciting end to Round 4 action.

With both teams chasing its first win of the tournament, it was an even opening term as each side started aggressively. The Tasmanians were able to intercept many of the NT’s long passes which enabled it to open up a six-goal lead by the end of the second quarter.

The Territory side’s half-time pep talk must have worked as it came out firing in the third quarter to close in drastically on Tasmania’s lead.

NT’s wing attack Gemma Henderson might have been the smallest player on court, but what she lacks in height she makes up for in her speed and agility.

A 14-7 third term helped the NT take a one-goal lead into what turned out to a pulsating final term.

The two sides traded goal for goal as both looked to gain a decisive break. If one side got their noses in front, the other would quickly level the game up again and it stayed that way right through to the final second when a Tasmanian goal saw the match finish in a draw.

But the result gave both sides their first points of the week and some confidence heading into Round 5 on Thursday morning.

NT shooting stats:
Deni Taulelei 19/26 (74%)
Ramayer Gourley 17/19 (90%)
Michelle Winch 4/6 (67%)

Tasmania shooting stats:
Dannielle Pickett 23/26 (89%)
Estelle Margetts 17/22 (78%)