Green shines over Gold on opening day in Rotorua

greenIt was a mixed day for Australia Green while Australia Gold suffered two narrow losses on the opening day of the Trans-Tasman Under 19 Netball Tournament in Rotorua.

Australia Green scored a nine-goal win over the Aotearoa Maori team, which includes players selected in New Zealand’s Under 21 development tier, 50-41 after going down to the New Zealand Secondary Schools side 41-37.

After an even opening half against the Maori side, Australia Green gained the ascendency in the third term and then continued to pull away in the last term.

Emma Ryde was a stand-out player on the opening day for Australia Green, scoring 38 goals at 86 per cent accuracy in the win over Aotearoa Maori after 21 goals at 95 per cent against the NZSS.

goldKiera Austin and Samantha Gooden provided great support in both games.

Australia Gold lost the opening match of the tournament 34-31 to the Aotearoa Maori and then went down 58-55 in a high-scoring match against the NZSS.

After trailing by seven goals at quarter-time, Australia Gold stormed to the lead on the back of a dominant second term. But the NZSS team regained the ascendency and held out the visitors in the final term.

Jane Cook (21 goals at 91 per cent), Alison Miller (18 goals at 82 per cent) and Sophie Garbin (14 at 88 per cent) were rotated through the goal circle in the loss.

Australia Green and Australia Gold will face off twice against each other on day two on Wednesday. Click here to follow live scores over the tournament.