Latest round helps to shape ANL finalists

IMG_6231The Netball NSW Waratahs are in danger of missing the Australian Netball League finals for the first time in five years after mixed results in the latest round in Perth.

The Waratahs suffered a 10-goal loss against hosts Western Sting in the opening match of the weekend at Perth’s State Netball Centre before bouncing back with a 32-goal victory over Territory Storm, their second win of the 2015 season.

With one match left to play this campaign, against Canberra Darters in Sydney this Saturday, the Waratahs are relying on other results over the last fortnight of the season to secure their place in the semi-finals.

Pictures courtesy of Netball WA

Sting backed up their 60-50 victory over the Waratahs with a 66-45 win over 2014 runners up QLD Fusion on Sunday to lock away their spot in the finals for the second straight year and fourth time in five seasons.

Sting’s win over the Waratahs was contributed largely to the defensive efforts of West Coast Fever-listed Courtney Bruce, Annika Lee-Jones and Jessica Penny. In the attacking end, Kaylia Stanton shot an impressive 43 goals from 51 attempts.

IMG_6332Wing defence Nicole Deegenaars was instrumental for the Waratahs in their 65-33 win over Storm while Kristina Brice, who sat out the loss to Sting, finished with 48 goals at 89 per cent accuracy.

Sting displayed a full-court performance in their 21-goal win over Fusion to wrap up the round on Sunday afternoon.

Their attacking end shot at an accurate 86 per cent for the match – again led by Stanton – and their defence ratted the Fusion’s attacking line, showing they will be a big threat come finals time.

Fusion returned to Brisbane with a 65-34 victory over Storm, the highlight being the shooting performance of Queensland Firebirds’ rising star Beryl Friday, whose 20 goals came at 100 per cent accuracy.

Fusion have three wins from five matches played to date and need to win one of their remaining two matches to secure their spot in the semi-finals for the second straight season.

Reigning champions Victorian Fury and now Sting have guaranteed spots in the finals with four wins each and Southern Force also need to win one of their remaining four matches to be part of the post-season action for the first time since 2013.

Week Three Results:

Western Sting (60) defeated Netball NSW Waratahs (50)IMG_6153
Sting shooting statistics
Kaylia Stanton 43/51 (84%)
Lisa Millman 12/14 (86%)
Emma Cosh 3/5 (60%)
Larissa Harrison 2/6 (33%)

Waratahs shooting statistics
Kimberley Borger 33/36 (92%)
Kiera Austin 10/13 (77%)
Stephane Wood 7/8 (88%)

QLD Fusion (65) defeated Territory Storm (34)
Fusion shooting statistics
Cara Koenen 22/25 (88%)
Beryl Friday 20/20 (100%)
Abigail Latu-Meafou 18/22 (82%)
Dominique Scott 5/8 (63%)

Storm shooting statistics
Joanne Morgan 16/21 (76%)
Michelle Winch 10/11 (91%)
Rebecca Winch 8/9 (89%)

IMG_6558Netball NSW Waratahs (65) defeated Territory Storm (33)
Waratahs shooting statistics
Kristina Brice 48/54 (89%)
Stephanie Wood 13/16 (81%)
Kiera Austin 4/6 (67%)

Storm shooting statistics
Joanne Morgan 21/30 (70%)
Michelle Winch 11/17 (67%)
Rebecca Winch 1/2 (50%)

Western Sting (66) defeated QLD Fusion (45)
Sting shooting statistics
Kaylia Stanton 46/54 (85%)
Lisa Millman 20/23 (87%)

IMG_6206Fusion shooting statistics
Abigail Latu-Meatou 30/35 (86%)
Beryl Friday 13/17 (76%)
Cara Koenen 2/8 (25%)