2015 21/U National Championships Semi-Final wraps

We’re up to semi-final day at the 2015 21/U National Netball Championships on the naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast, official destination partner for the event.

Here’s the match reports from all today’s action. Pictures courtesy of Neville Heintze and David Callow.

Western Australia 59 defeated Tasmania 29

DSC_6300The first of the classification matches saw Western Australia prove too strong for Tasmania.

After slipping out of the top four with a loss to South Australia in the final round of matches the previous day, WA were eager to return to the winners list and made a solid start to the match.

But Tasmania also began well and kept pace with WA until late in the term when its opponents pulled away to a five-goal lead.

The second quarter saw WA take control of the game thanks to some excellent shooting by Sophie Garbin, who went at 100 per cent accuracy for the term.

That shooting helped WA open up a 17-goal lead at half-time and a commanding third quarter performance saw it head into the final term with a 27-goal advantage.

Tasmania had its best quarter of the match in the final term, but ultimately WA proved too strong to claim its fifth victory of the week. Garbin’s 37-goal haul was her best performance of the week.

Western Australia will now feature in the play-off for fifth and sixth tomorrow with Tasmania first up on the court in the play-off for seventh and eighth.

Western Australia shooting stats
Sophie Garbin 37/44 (84%)
Kaylia Stanton 17/23 (74%)
Kimberley Burton 5/6 (83%)

Tasmania shooting stats
Estelle Margetts 14/16 (87%)
Danielle Pickett 9/14 (64%)
Amelia von Stieglitz 6/13 (46%)


ACT 41 defeated Northern Territory 38

DSC_6786The crowd was treated to an entertaining spectacle between the ACT and Northern Territory in the second of the classification matches.

The NT, searching for its first victory of the week, pushed the ACT right until the final whistle and made its fellow Territorians work hard for their three-goal victory.

The ACT led by four goals at quarter-time with Alison Miller continuing her consistent week with 10 goals from 11 attempts for the term.

But the NT made a fast start to the second term and, by mid-way through the quarter, had levelled up the scores. The ACT were able to respond and reclaim its four-goal advantage heading into the main break.

The NT’s defence of Georgette Paatsch and Letisha Heintze continued to combine well to start the third term and it allowed their side to creep closer to the ACT and, by three-quarter time, scores were again level to set up an exciting finish.

The ACT again jumped out to an early lead but the NT refused to wilt as it closed to within a couple of goals with only minutes left on the clock thanks to some brave shooting by Deni Taulelei and Michelle Winch.

But time ultimately ran out and the ACT claimed its third victory of the week to set up a showdown against Western Australia tomorrow in the play-off for fifth and sixth. The NT will face Tasmania in the play-off for seventh and eighth.

ACT shooting stats
Alison Miller 19/23 (83%)
Lauren Cantwell 17/23 (74%)
Sophie Immonen 5/7 (71%)

Northern Territory shooting stats
Deni Taulelei 28/43 (65%)
Rayamer Gourley 7/13 (54%)
Michelle Winch 3/3 (100%)


South Australia 46 defeated Queensland 38


_MCA3854LiSouth Australia maintained its unbeaten tournament streak after fending off a valiant Queensland outfit in the first semi-final.

SA opened the scoring in a competitive and hard fought encounter as Queensland took it to the defending champions, who looked rattled early on.

Queensland goal attack Beryl Friday started the game strong with fast hands and accurate shooting as she received strong support play from goal shooter Jemmason Power.

The two shooters combined well to take Queensland into the second quarter with a three-goal lead.

The second term started much like the first as both teams shot it out for supremacy. Once again Friday was quick on her feet and accurate with her hands to help maintain a five-goal lead late in the quarter as Queensland took an unexpected half-time lead over the heavily favored SA unit.

The third quarter saw SA rally as it made in-roads into Queensland’s four-goal lead to close to within one on the back of a strong performance by goal shooter Georgie Virgo.

In the final term SA showed why it’s the defending champions as it ran all over the Queensland outfit that struggled to keep up with the defending champions’ final quarter speed and intensity.

_MCA3630LiSA quickly took the lead from Queensland and ran away in the final few minutes to post its eighth win of the week and secure a spot in its fourth consecutive Grand Final.

South Australia Shooting Stats
Georgie Virgo 30/41 (73%)
Chelsea Lemke 16/19 (84%)

Queensland Shooting Stats
Jemmason Power 20/25 (80%)
Beryl Friday 18/30 (60%)


Victoria 67 defeated New South Wales 60 (in extra time)


_MCA4936LiVictoria stunned New South Wales in their semi-final clash, winning an extra-time thriller by seven goals to advance to its third consecutive Grand Final.

Victoria overturned the result from earlier in the week when the Sky Blues won by 15 goals.

The early stages of the first quarter saw Victorian goal shooter Jane Cook take her team to a 10-5 lead as she and goal attack Madeline Morrison combined for some superb one-two play.

Morrison was subbed off early in the game and replaced by Anastasia Hamill as NSW pinned the lead back to three goals by quarter-time.

The second quarter started much like the first with Victoria scoring first before NSW replied with quick goals of its own.

The deficit remained at three goals in Victoria’s favor for much of the second quarter as Cook capitalised on her height advantage.

_MCA4519LiNSW goal shooter Kristina Brice kept her team in the contest with solid shooting from all angles before the Sky Blues clicked their game up a notch to take a four-goal into the main break.

After Victoria opened the scoring in the third quarter, NSW continued to maintain its lead and stretched it out to as much as eight goals before Victoria fought back to reduce that to four goals by three-quarter time.

The final term started with both teams trading scoring shots as the Sky Blues raced out to a six-goal lead as they could eye a Grand Final spot.

Victoria picked up the pace and Cook continued to shoot with extreme accuracy to pull the NSW lead back and – with both benches and a packed crowd inside the Caloundra Stadium holding its breath – scored the tying goal with second left on the clock to send the match into extra time.

Victoria took the momentum early in the first period of extra time and didn’t let up as it quickly raced to a five-goal lead and eventually ran out seven-goal winners.

Cook deserves extra mention after shooting a phenomenal 96 per cent of her team’s total and also passing 300 goals for the week.

Victoria Shooting Stats
Jane Cook 63/69 (91%)
Anastasia Hamill 4/11 (36%)

New South Wales Shooting Stats
Kristina Brice 57/66 (86%)
Georgia Marshall 3/10 (30%)