2015 21/U National Championships Day 4 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 4 action.

All photos courtesy of Neville Heintze.

New South Wales 64 defeated Northern Territory 29

DSC_6576New South Wales bounced back strongly from its two defeats the previous day to wrap up its round robin campaign with a convincing 39-goal victory over the NT to kick off day 4 action.

The NT made a sprightly start to the match, but after both sides traded early goals, it was all NSW for the rest of the first quarter as it quickly raced to a 19-goal lead at that first break.

That margin was extended to 28 by half-time as NSW coach Megan Simpson began to rotate her team.

The NT extended some good passages of play in the third term with Michelle Winch coming into goal attack and proving a good target as the Territorians were able to virtually match the Sky Blues for the quarter.

Despite sitting out the final term, NSW shooter Kristina Brice’s 43 goal haul kept up her tournament average and she also went past 300 goals for the week at just under 90 per cent accuracy.

The NT will feature in the classification matches tomorrow while New South Wales will play off for a spot in the Grand Final.

New South Wales shooting stats
Kristina Brice 43/48 (90%)
Stephanie MacGougan 13/17 (77%)
Georgia Marshall 7/12 (59%)
Claudia Russell 1/6 (17%)

Northern Territory shooting stats
Ramayer Gourley 10/16 (63%)
Deni Taulelei 8/9 (89%)
Michelle Winch 8/16 (50%)
Megan Craufurd 3/4 (75%)


Victoria 54 defeated ACT 53

DSC_5885Victoria was given an almighty scare before finishing its round robin campaign with a one-goal victory over a resolute ACT side in a thrilling contest.

It took Victoria right up until the final minute to shrug off its determined opponents before being able to claim its fifth victory of the week and set up a semi-final showdown against New South Wales on Saturday afternoon.

The ACT jumped its opponents in the opening minutes with the first four goals of the game and were able to maintain a slender lead for most of the first quarter, taking a two-goal advantage into the first break.

Although Victoria took the lead early in the second term, the ACT refused to wilt and stayed with its more fancied opponents right up until the half-time break with the Vics in front by two goals.

The break didn’t stop the ACT’s momentum and it continued to play with determination and were rewarded by regaining the lead late in the quarter to go into three-quarter time with a one-goal advantage.

DSC_5919Again the match see-sawed with Victorian flexing its muscle early in the last term to edge out by four goals. But the ACT was unwavering and again fought back with goal attack Lauren Cantwell in everything to regain the lead to set up a pulsating finish.

With scores level and less than two minutes on the clock, Victoria defender Kate Eddy pulled in a rebound and the side worked the ball down the court where Jane Cook put her side back in front.

Cook then scored from the resulting centre pass before a goal by ACT shooter Alison Miller right on the final whistle saw the final margin remain a solitary goal.

A gallant ACT will now face the Northern Territory in tomorrow’s classification matches.

Victoria shooting stats
Jane Cook 42/47 (89%)
Anastasia Hamill 10/11 (91)
Madeline Morrison 2/5 (40%)

ACT shooting stats
Alison Miller 32/40 (80%)
Lauren Cantwell 21/29 (72%)


Queensland 57 defeated Tasmania 26

DSC_6607Queensland has booked itself a home court semi-final appearance after scoring a 31-goal victory over Tasmania in its final round match.

The victory saw Queensland leap frog Western Australia and finish the regular rounds in fourth spot on the ladder.

But Tasmania surprised the host state in the opening minutes, skipping out to a 4-1 lead before Queensland clicked into gear and scored 14 consecutive goals to lead by 11 at quarter time.

With Jemmason Power on target in the second quarter, Queensland put its foot down to open up a 16-goal lead by half-time.

Beryl Friday came into the shooter spot for Queensland to start the second half and continued to build on the lead before coach Tracey Jeanes-Fraser swapped her with Briony Payne for the last quarter.

Danielle Pickett continued to present herself as a target in Tasmania’s goal circle as the Apple Isle battled on gamefully.

The result sets up a semi-final showdown for Queensland tomorrow against defending champions South Australia while Tasmania will feature in the classification matches tomorrow.

Queensland shooting stats
Jemmason Power 23/30 (77%)
Bianca Cattelini 16/29 (56%)
Beryl Friday 9/13 (70%)
Briony Payne 9/14 (65%)

Tasmania shooting stats
Danielle Pickett 20/27 (75%)
Estelle Margetts 5/9 (56%)
Ameilla von Stieglitz 1/3 (33%)


South Australia 56 defeated Western Australia 40

DSC_6668Reigning champions South Australia have wrapped up its round robin campaign with a 16-goal victory over Western Australia and maintain its unbeaten record heading into tomorrow’s semi-finals.

In the final match of the week, SA bounced out the blocks and looked to have stamped its authority on the match in the opening few minutes as it built an early lead.

But WA started to find its connections and went into the quarter-time break down by six goals and then quickly made further inroads on SA’s lead early in the second term.

By half-time WA had closed to within a couple of goals of South Australia and Queensland – which was relying on the result of this match to overtake WA in fourth spot – were getting a bit nervous.

After an even start to the second half, SA’s defence of Sarah Klau and Maddy Turner began to get on top of the WA shooters and it seemed to inspire the rest of their teammates as they began to gradually edge away.

By three-quarter time, after a strong finish to the quarter, South Australia had pulled 10 goals clear and it continued to power away in the last term to end WA’s three-game winning streak.

WA will now take on Tasmania in the classification matches tomorrow morning.

South Australia shooting stats
Chelsea Lemke 29/35 (83%)
Rebecca Winch 18/22 (82%)
Georgie Virgo 9/13 (69%)

Western Australia shooting stats
Kaylia Stanton 23/29 (79%)
Sophie Garbin 17/26 (65%)


Semi-Final and Classification Matches draw for Saturday, 14 March
8:00am – Western Australia (5) v Tasmania (8)
9:40am – ACT (6) v Northern Territory (7)
11:20am – South Australia (1) v Queensland (4)
1:00pm – New South Wales (2) v Victoria (3)

(*All times are local.)