2015 21/U National Championships Day 3 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 the day 3 action.

All photos courtesy of Neville Heintze.

Queensland 56 defeated ACT 32

DSC_5868As it did yesterday, Queensland started its day 3 action with a victory following a loss the night before.

The 24-goal win keeps Queensland in touch for a top four finish – but the hosts face a defining clash later in the day against Victoria.

Shooter Jemmason Power stepped up with her best game of the tournament with 38 goals at 91 per cent accuracy.

It was Power that helped Queensland get away to an early lead, shooting at 100 per cent accuracy for the opening term while its defence only allowed the ACT to have nine shots for the quarter.

Queensland continued to build on its lead at every break with consistency to secure its third win of the tournament.

Queensland shooting stats
Jemmason Power 38/42 (91%)
Beryl Friday 11/19 (58%)
Briony Payne 5/8 (63%)
Bianca Cattelini 2/4 (50%)

ACT shooting stats
Victoria Schmahl 16/21 (77%)
Lauren Cantwell 7/9 (78%)
Alison Miller 5/8 (63%)
Sophie Immonen 4/7 (58%)


Victoria 71 defeated Tasmania 22

DSC_5919A dominant shooting performance by Victorian shooter Jane Cook was the highlight of the state’s 49-goal victory over Tasmania.

Cook shot 51 goals – a tournament high – at 92 per cent accuracy from only three quarters on court as Victoria stayed in touch with the top two sides heading towards the business end of the tournament.

The Victorians, keen to bounce back from its previous night’s defeat against South Australia, came out firing from the opening whistle to lead by 16 goals at the first break. Remarkably, Cook scored all of Victoria’s 22 goals for the quarter.

By half-time the Vics had increased that lead to 26 goals and then enjoyed its most dominant quarter of the match in the third term, holding Tasmania to only two goals while skipping away to a 37-goal advantage.

Cook earned a well-deserved spell for the final term having contributed an amazing 96 per cent of Victoria’s score to three-quarter time.

Victoria shooting stats
Jane Cook 51/56 (92%)
Anastasia Hammill 15/21 (72%)
Elle Rice 5/7 (72%)

Tasmania shooting stats
Danielle Pickett 11/23 (48%)
Amelia von Stieglitz 7/18 (39%)
Estelle Margetts 4/7 (37%)


South Australia 60 defeated Northern Territory 25

DSC_6158The reigning champions have almost assured themselves a top two finish courtesy of a 35-goal victory over the NT in Round 5 action.

The victory keeps South Australia’s unbeaten week in tact as it continues to chase a third consecutive title.

The final scoreline didn’t really reflect the contest as the NT enjoyed some good patches against the defending champs.

An eight-goal quarter-time lead turned into 16 by half-time as SA coach Brian Lines once again rotated his squad. It allowed SA to dominate the third term as it held the NT to just three goals for the term while increasing its lead to 30 goals heading into the final term.

The NT, coming off a draw the previous night against Tasmania, continued to work hard in the final quarter and produced some nice glimpses of play. But ultimately South Australia proved too strong.

South Australia shooting stats
Georgie Virgo 20/31 (65%)
Rebecca Winch 17/23 (74%)
Charlee Hodges 16/23 (70%)
Chelsea Lemke 7/9 (78%)

NT shooting stats
Deni Taulelei 18/23 (79%)
Michelle Winch 6/8 (75%)
Ramayer Gourley 1/1 (100%)


Western Australia 57 defeated New South Wales 56

DSC_6205Western Australia breathed new life into its semi-finals quest after producing the upset of the tournament to date, toppling the previously unbeaten New South Wales in a thrilling contest to round out Round 5.

In a pulsating match, the lead chopped and changed several times right throughout the 60 minutes.

New South Wales got away to a quick start, scoring the first four goals of the match before WA hit back to take control.

WA led by a goal at quarter-time and continued to pile on the pressure in the second term to open up a four-goal lead by half-time.

New South Wales stepped up its game in the third term but, every time the Sky Blues closed to within a couple of goals, the WA side would respond to keep its opponents at arm’s length. However, the Sky Blues produced a late flurry to reclaim the lead heading into the final term.

It looked as though the Sky Blues were headed for their fifth straight win as they started the last quarter as they finished the third. But a determined WA unit did not let them skip away and tied up the match heading into the final minute.

A Kaylia Stanton goal with 15 seconds left in the match gave WA the lead and when it caused a turnover from the resulting NSW centre pass, the final result was sealed.

WA shooting stats
Sophie Garbin 34/41 (83%)
Kaylia Stanton 23/31 (75%)
New South Wales shooting stats
Kristina Brice 44/48 (92%)
Georgia Marshall 12/16 (95%)


ACT 52 defeated Tasmania 38


DSC_5885The ACT has claimed its second win of the 2015 tournament after proving too strong for Tasmania in the opening match of Round 6.

Its tally of victories has already surpassed its 2014 campaign and ensures it will likely finish sixth on the ladder when the round robin finishes tomorrow.

After losing to Queensland this morning, the ACT came out of the blocks to score eight of the first nine goals to set up the win.

Tasmania enjoyed a good period to finish the first quarter, but the ACT’s seven-goal lead at the first break quickly increased in the second term.

The creative play of the ACT’s wing attack Leigh Kalsbeek was finished off by her team mate Alison Miller in the goal circle.

The third quarter was an even affair for most as Tasmania tried to close the gap, but the ACT had all the answers to lead by 16 goals at three quarter time.

A positive for Tasmania was that it won the last quarter, with goal attack Estelle Margetts shooting seven of the team’s 11 goals, to reduce the final margin to 14 ahead of its final round robin match tomorrow morning against New South Wales.

ACT shooting stats:
Alison Miller 31/33 (94%)
Lauren Cantwell 14/19 (74%)
Victoria Schmahl 7/10 (70%)

Tasmania shooting stats:
Dannielle Pickett 21/35 (60%)
Estelle Margetts 17/28 (61%)


Victoria 51 defeated Queensland 39


DSC_6261Victoria has locked away a semi-final berth after producing a dominant second half performance to defeat Queensland in Round 6 action.

Both states went into the clash coming off victories in the morning rounds with Queensland determined to win and consolidate its spot in the top four.

The first half was a close affair with both sides looking to get the edge on the other. Victoria led narrowly at quarter-time and then the main break with the defences of both sides working hard.

But it was the third quarter where Victoria broke the game right open, doubling Queensland’s score to race to a match-winning 10-goal lead heading into the final term.

The host state could not keep up with the power of Victorian goal shooter Jane Cook, who again impressed with 42 goals at 88 per cent accuracy.

Victoria will be looking to round out its campaign against the ACT in Round 7 ahead of the semi-finals on Saturday while Queensland takes on Tasmania in its final round robin match.

Victoria shooting stats:
Jane Cook 42/48 (88%)
Madeline Morrison 9/13 (70%)

Queensland shooting stats:
Beryl Friday 23/32 (72%)
Jemmason Power 16/19 (77%)


Western Australia 42 defeated Northern Territory 23


DSC_6347Western Australia has kept its hopes of a semi-final appearance alive after beating the Northern Territory in Round 6.

WA will need to beat South Australia in its final round match tomorrow afternoon and rely on the result of the Queensland-Tasmania contest to see if it finishes in fourth spot on the ladder.

After a thrilling win over New South Wales earlier in the day, WA coach Michelle Wilkins rotated her players throughout the match.

WA’s defenders Nicole Lendich and Jessica Penny put the NT shooters under pressure in the first half, resulting in many turnovers which the WA shooters were only too happy to capitalise on.

After a low scoring first half, the NT enjoyed a good third quarter with goalers Michelle Winch and Deni Talulelei combining well to reduce WA’s lead to 11 goals heading into the last quarter.

But WA’s overall strength across the court saw it dominate the final term to record its third consecutive victory.

WA shooting stats:
Sophie Garbin 27/39 (70%)
Kimberley Burton 15/18 (84%)

NT shooting stats:
Deni Taulelei 10/17 (59%)
Michelle Winch 9/18 (50%)
Ramayer Gourley 4/9 (45%)


South Australia 67 defeated New South Wales 40


DSC_6454South Australia has continued to firm as title favorites after toppling one of its main challengers New South Wales by 27 goals in the final match on day 3 of the 2015 championships.

The match between the top two sides promised plenty early with SA scoring the first three goals of the match only to watch NSW rally late in the term to trail by five goals the end of the first quarter.

Having lost their first match of the tournament earlier in the day, the Sky Blues were determined to bring South Australia’s winning streak to an end.

But South Australia took charge in the second term, with goal shooter George Virgo causing the NSW defence some headaches, as the defending champions raced to a 16-goal lead by half-time.

At the other end of the court, NSW shooter Kristina Brice continued to be a target for her Sky Blues teammates but they were unable to restrict the SA scoring.

The comfortable 27-goal win ensured South Australia sealed top spot on the ladder and a semi-final showdown against either Western Australia or Queensland, depending on the results of the final round tomorrow.

SA takes on WA in the final match of the round robin at 1pm, local time.

South Australia shooting stats:
Georgie Virgo 29/37 (79%)
Chelsea Lemke 22/27 (82%)
Charlee Hodges 9/12 (75%)
Rebecca Winch 7/8 (88%)

New South Wales shooting stats:
Kristina Brice 39/42 (93%)
Stephanie MacGougan 1/5 (20%)