The National Netball Championships are being held at Priceline Stadium in Adelaide this week, with all eight states and territories represented across both the 17/U and 19/U age groups.
The National Championships gold medal games will be shown LIVE on Netball Australia’s Facebook page on Sunday 22 April.
Keep up to date with all the results here:
Victoria 37 v New South Wales 26
Tasmania 23 v Queensland 35
ACT 16 v South Australia 55
Western Australia 59 v Northern Territory 18
Victoria has kicked off its quest for the 17/U national title with a solid 11-goal win over New South Wales in the first round.
After falling short to South Australia in the gold medal match last year, Victoria wasted no time demonstrating its intent to go all the way in 2018.
But the Vics aren’t getting ahead of themselves, with coach Jacinta Todd saying their main focus was taking the game one quarter at a time.
“We didn’t focus on the whole game as such, every 10 minutes was a different quarter for us” Todd said.
Victoria took an early lead and refused to let their rivals back in front, with crucial turnovers proving costly for NSW. Victoria started the second quarter forcefully, scoring the first six goals unanswered.
Clean shooting by Sophie Dwyer kept NSW’s hopes alive but strong defensive pressure from the Victorians saw NSW struggle to work the ball into their goal third.
“Hard one-on-one (defence) was another focus of ours and I felt the girls did that relatively well today,” Todd said.
NSW showed glimpses going forward in the final term but the Victorians proved too strong.
Victoria will take on Queensland in the second round, while New South Wales will face off with Tasmania.
Queensland started its campaign with a 12-goal win over Tasmania. Queensland will come up against Victoria in the second round, with Tasmania facing New South Wales.
South Australia opened its championship defence with a huge 41-goal win over ACT as it looks to secure a three-peat this year, while Western Australia grabbed a big win in the final game of the first round, defeating Northern Territory 59-18.
Queensland 25 v ACT 27
Northern Territory 19 v Western Australia 42
South Australia 20 v Victoria 34
New South Wales 40 v Tasmania 18
The opening round of the 19/U competition has kicked off with a bang, with ACT defeating last year’s runners-up Queensland 27-25 in a nailbiter.
Goals were hard to come by across in the first quarter, with neither team managing to hit the scoreboard in the first three minutes. ACT eventually scored the first goal and didn’t look back, leading 6-3 at the first break.
Tempers flared in the second as both teams struggled to capitalise on their opportunities. Strong shooting from captain Jacoba Clough (18 goals from 24 attempts) and Amber Brophy saw ACT extend their lead to five goals at the main break.
Queensland continued to fight back in the second half with Jess Donnelly providing much needed pace through the centre.
ACT held their nerve in the final term as Queensland came storming home, coming within a goal with five minutes to play. With an enthusiastic crowd behind them, ACT held on to a two-goal advantage at the final whistle.
ACT captain Jacoba Clough credited the win to the team’s composure in those intense early exchanges.
“For us it came back to our strong start. We were able to start well from the beginning and carry that through the whole game, which was really good,” Clough said.
The girls from the capital are looking to take home their first ever championship in 2018, but Clough said they’ll be taking it one game at a time.
“We are heading into a new game and have to refresh, and look at the different combinations we are coming up against and what will work best against that.”
“We need to remain composed.”
ACT will take on Northern Territory in the second round, while Queensland is up against Western Australia.
Western Australia started its nationals tilt strongly with a win over Northern Territory, defeating them 42-19.
In front of a loud and proud home crowd, South Australia took on their interstate rivals Victoria. But with the Victorians looking to go back-to-back they were too strong and eased to a 14-goal win.
Rounding out the opening games, NSW took the win over Tasmania by 22 goals.
– Jessica Supple
Victoria 36 v Queensland 22
Tasmania 15 v New South Wales 51
Western Australia 31 v South Australia 47
ACT 36 v Northern Territory 21
The second round of the 17/U competition at the National Championships saw Victoria dominate with a 14-goal victory against Queensland.
Both teams stepped onto the court determined, and they traded goals throughout the quarter before Victoria gained a small break in the closing minutes to lead the scoreboard 8-6 at the first break.
The pressure built for Queensland in the second quarter, with a handful of costly errors allowing the Vics to further press their advantage and extended their lead by five goals leading at half-time and then powered away in the third term, taking an 11-goal lead into the last 10 minutes.
The fourth quarter started worryingly for Victoria, with wing defence Taylah Brown forced from the court with what appeared to be a knee injury.
Queensland remained positive and continued trying to chip away at the margin, but couldn’t make inroads as Victoria collected its second win of the day, 36-22.2.
Victorian captain Maddison Ridley was pleased to see another win on the board.
“You never know what teams are going to bring, but we had everyone out on the court and it was a really good team effort,” she said.
Ridley said the team’s four months of preparation
“It’s really good to see the girls pushing the ball out for each other, and really trusting each other,” she said.
“The girls will keep pushing no matter who they’re playing.”
New South Wales was out to atone for a Round 1 loss against the Vics, and did so with a 36-goal win against Tasmania.
South Australia continued its strong early form, defeating Western Australia 47-31.
ACT grab its first win of the tournament, scoring 36-21 against Northern Territory.
– Katrina Muhsin
Queensland 25 v Western Australia 26
Northern Territory 31 v ACT 29
New South Wales 21 v Victoria 22
South Australia 36 v Tasmania 25
Victoria finished day one of the National Championships with a thrilling 22-21 against rivals New South Wales.
Victoria was fired up early with agile play and powerful defence seeing them quickly gain the lead, however New South Wales slowly clawed them back to even the score at 5-5.
Both teams’ defence ends held sway for most of the second quarter, until Victoria broke clear through some impeccable shooting by Gabrielle Dwyer to establish a seven-goal lead at half-time.
But New South Wales fought back hard in the third quarter, clawing back the margin and settling the score at 18-15, with goaler Georgia Westwood getting on top.
New South Wales continued to chip away in the final 10 minutes, coming within one goal with seconds to spare, but Victoria was able to cling on by a single goal.
A relieved Victorian coach Kaylea McQuade was pleased with her team’s effort in fighting to hold on.
“It was really positive for us moving forward in the competition to see what we can do,” McQuade said, adding that she wasn’t surprised when NSW came roaring back into the contest.
“There’s always been rivalry between Victoria and New South Wales. It was a bit raw out there because everyone wants to win and do well on the first day. So yes, I was definitely expecting it to be that close.”
“Today is one of our biggest days, so we’re really happy to get the win at the end.”
Western Australia finished the day impressively, recording their second win in an equally tight game against Queensland, 25-26.
Northern Territory proudly celebrated their first victory against a very competitive ACT, winning 31-29 off the back of some impressive shooting from Daisy Hill (22 from 26).
South Australia also won its first game of the championships, beating Tasmania 36-25.
– Georgia Musolino
South Australia 47 v Tasmania 18
Northern Territory 19 v Victoria 47
New South Wales 40 v Western Australia 40
Queensland 31 v ACT 25
South Australia put on a dominant display in Round 3 of the 17/U competition, bringing them one step closer to a hat-trick of national titles after defeating Tasmania by a whopping 29 goals.
With both teams fighting hard in the first quarter, a 7-7 scoreline at the first break demonstrated how desperate both teams were for the win.
But a serious ankle injury to SA centre Phoebe Bonner surprisingly turned the tide in her team’s favour. Tasmania fell away after the interruption, allowing South Australia to gain a strong foothold in the second quarter.
Coach Lee-Anne Cummins was impressed with her team’s ability to deal with the unexpected break in play, saying they “were able to keep their composure and manage that pretty well.”
Cummins said post-game that Ivy-Rose Hughes had also stepped up to the occasion, taking over at centre and doing an outstanding job.
South Australia motored to a 17-9 second-quarter lead and further solidified its position in the third, 28-15.
Cummins put South Australia’s dominance down to its consistent combinations, which had seen the team improve its fluency and communication throughout the match.
Captain Lucy Austin said the team had “positive vibes on the bus, music pumping and getting excited”, which had reflected in the performance.
New South Wales and Western Australia fought out a 40-40 draw in a high-scoring thriller, while Northern Territory took on Victoria, going down 19-47. In the final match of the round, Queensland and ACT’s match went down to the wire, with Queensland emerging victorious 31-25.
South Australia takes on Victoria in the fourth round in a gold medal rematch from the 2017 tournament.
– Emma Agars
ACT 24 v New South Wales 32
Western Australia 22 v South Australia 35
Victoria 47 v Northern Territory 22
Tasmania 20 v Queensland 34
South Australia has produced a dominant all-round display to cruise to a 35-22 over Western Australia in Round 3 of the 19/U National Championships.
Both teams struggled to maintain possession of the ball in a frantic first quarter, with the ball being intercepted a number of times in the match’s early stages.
It was SA who showed greater composure with ball in hand, with their slick passing game a feature as they surged to an eight-goal lead in the closing stages of the opening half.
But WA ensured the game remained close with two quick goals in the final minute of the second quarter as they seized the momentum and kept the lead to a manageable six goals at the main break.
Buoyed by the passionate local crowd, South Australia took control of the third quarter in stunning fashion, shooting five unanswered goals immediately after the break to extend their lead to a commanding 11 goals. From there, they never relinquished control of the contest.
South Australian coach Kirsty Leonard-Down praised the improvement of her side and highlighted its defensive play.
“Defensively we did step up and commit a lot better,” she said. “That’s what we were aiming for.”
“It was a lot better than yesterday.”
Leonard-Down also heaped praise on her midcourt, which she felt controlled the tempo of the game. It was in the centre third that South Australia placed significant pressure on their rivals and generated a number of turnovers.
In a pleasing sign for South Australia, they restricted the previously undefeated Western Australians to their lowest score of the tournament to date, and conceded only four goals in both the second and third quarters.
Both sides now sit on two wins and one loss.
New South Wales bounced back from their heartbreaking one-goal loss to Victoria in Round 2 with a comfortable eight-goal win over the ACT.
Undefeated Victoria sent an ominous warning to their rivals with comprehensive 25-goal victory over Northern Territory. Their aspirations for a third title in as many years remain firmly on track.
Queensland also recorded a win, convincingly defeating Tasmania by 14 points.
– Nicholas Maegraith
Victoria 31 v South Australia 33
Northern Territory 30 v Tasmania 28
Queensland 31 v Western Australia 29
New South Wales 32 v ACT 27
Round 4 produced some of the best 17/U netball seen thus far at 2018 Nationals, with all games decided by five goals or less.
Reigning premiers South Australia posted an exhilarating win against Victoria 33-31 in a rematch of last year’s 17/U grand final.
Neither team could establish a break in the first quarter, with Victoria leading 8-7, but some tenacious defence from South Australian goal defender Molly Watson and goal keeper Georgia Kraft saw several turnovers captured in Victoria’s goal ring.
South Australia took full advantage, repeatedly transitioning the ball with speed to goal shooter Lucy Austin (16 goals from 20 attempts), who impressively netted all nine of her attempts in the second quarter and carried her team to a six-goal lead at half-time.
But Victoria refused to lie down, piling on 10 goals to five in the third quarter as their defence dialed up the pressure on South Australia’s shooters, with towering Victorian goaler Uneeq Palavi (20 from 22) shooting a perfect eight from eight for the quarter to narrow the gap to one.
The match could have gone either way in the last quarter, however South Australia did enough to hold on by two.
South Australian Coach Lee-Anne Cummins said the team was improving its on-court connections with each game.
“The first quarter was a chance for the girls to get out the nerves and settle into the pace of the game. Then in the second quarter they really put everything together and achieved exactly what they wanted to do, and it definitely worked,” she said.
“We just need to now keep focusing on our plays and the strengths of each individual player to ensure they do their role well, so that collectively we’ll come out with good results.”
Northern Territory snared their first win of the championships, beating Tasmania by two goals in a very competitive match.
Queensland remains in touch with the ladder leaders, taking down Western Australia 31-29, while New South Wales edged out ACT 32-27.
– Georgia Musolino
ACT 27 v South Australia 36
Western Australia 21 v New South Wales 19
Tasmania 29 v Northern Territory 26
Queensland 24 v Victoria 25
South Australia remains in contention for top spot in the 19/U division after seeing off a plucky ACT, 36-27.
In an aggressive first quarter, both teams seized opportunities but it was the home side that emerged strongest, taking a three-goal lead off the back of some clinical finishing by goaler Mary Wilson.
South Australia maintained their lead throughout the second quarter, however both sides began to feel the pressure in the third, with loose passes creeping into their play. South Australian defender Amelia Day gave her opponents major headaches and swung the momentum back towards the home side, but a combination of missed goals, turnovers and a big performance from ACT goaler Rhiannon Stokes helped ACT close the margin back to three goals, before South Australia steadied to push it back to five.
SA began the final 10 minutes confidently and were ultimately too powerful late in the game, growing their advantage to six goals, and ultimately nine.
For South Australian captain Maisie Nankivell, the win was important as it looks towards the coming rounds and a potential finals berth.
“I suppose as a team we just wanted to work on the basics. Once you get the basics you get your confidence up and we really just wanted to go for consistency throughout each quarter,” she said.
South Australian coach Kirsty Leonard-Down rated the win as solid.
“Overall, I’m happy with the result. I think we need to work on a few things before our next game and I know we’re capable of it. In regards to getting the win on the board, it was a really good result for us.”
It was a tight tussle between Western Australia and New South Wales in a low-scoring affair, with WA doing just enough to win 21-19.
Tasmania ensured every 19/U team now has a win on the board, breaking through with a 29-26 win against Northern Territory, while the undefeated Victorians were pushed every step of the way by Queensland, scratching out a 25-24 victory to remain at the top of the table.
– Amila Dedovic
ACT 13 v Western Australia 36
New South Wales 35 v Queensland 36
South Australia 52 v Northern Territory 13
Tasmania 20 v Victoria 40
Western Australia has secured its second win of the 17/U championships, defeating ACT with a rampant second-half display.
The West Australians got off to a slow start but soon found their feet – and the scoreboard.
Only two goals separated the teams at the main break but WA came out firing in the third quarter, scoring 11 unanswered goals and not allowing their opposition to notch up their first until the dying minutes of the quarter.
Turnovers proved costly and opportunities went begging for ACT as WA piled on the pressure, aided by smart shooting from Brooke Gibson (9 from 13 in the third quarter) and Sloan Burton (11 from 15 for the match) allowed the girls from the West to ease home to a 23-goal win.
WA coach Sue Gerrard said she was confident her girls could get the job done in the second half.
“I knew the girls had it in them, they were just playing a little below the level they could,” Gerrard said.
“We addressed that at half-time and I think they came out playing how they should have been in the first half.”
The WA coach praised her reliable defenders for getting the job done.
“Our keeper (Giselle Taylor) did a great job shutting down the shooter,” Taylor said.
“Our goal defence (Riley Culnane) too – I think our defensive pressure all the way down the court helped but (I was) really pleased with the job she put out.”
Queensland sneaked a win against New South Wales in a one-goal thriller, while ladder leaders South Australia remain unbeaten in the competition after defeating Northern Territory by 39 goals.
Victoria bounced back from its two-goal loss to South Australia late yesterday, proving too strong for Tasmania.
– Jessica Supple
South Australia 27 v New South Wales 29
Northern Territory 31 v Queensland 37
Victoria 39 v Tasmania 18
ACT 33 v Western Australia 26
New South Wales held off a fast-finishing South Australia by two goals to record a thrilling victory in Round 5 of the National Netball Championships.
Momentum fluctuated between the sides throughout the match, with both enjoying extended periods of dominance.
NSW looked to have the match almost wrapped up late in the second quarter, as their slick movement in attack saw their lead blow out to 11 goals.
But the plucky South Australians demonstrated tremendous fight and skill under pressure, shooting six out of the first seven goals in the last quarter to reduce the deficit to just two.
But that was as close as they got, with the home team left ruing a number of missed opportunities, while New South Wales’ composure going forward and clinical finishing at the post proved to be the key difference between the sides.
NSW wing attack Tayla Fraser and goal attack Madeline Eaton (20 goals from 25 attempts), who linked brilliantly on countless occasions in both attack and defence, were among the best players on court.
Fraser, NSW’s captain, admitted the team’s form had been patchy coming into Round 5 and said the team had strongest performance of the championships to date.
“We’ve been having slow starts… it was really nice to stick to a four-quarter game.”
Fraser was quick to divert praise to Eaton and goal shooter Georgia Westwood (nine from 17), who in her first year with the side has become a vital component in the team’s attacking end.
Both sides now have three wins and two losses to remain firmly in finals contention, but Fraser says her side cannot afford to look that far ahead.
“We are in better stead (after winning]) … but we still have big games to go and you can’t underestimate anyone in this competition.”
Queensland was also on the winners list, recording a comfortable six-goal victory over a spirited Northern Territory.
Undefeated Victoria continued its perfect start to the championships, not giving an inch against Tasmania to salute by 21 goals.
ACT played some exhilarating netball on the way to a thoroughly deserved seven-goal victory over Western Australia, ensuring the competition remains wide open after five rounds.
– Nicholas Maegraith
ACT 33 v Tasmania 31
Western Australia 32 v Victoria 38
Northern Territory 28 v New South Wales 53
Queensland 22 v South Australia 51
Undefeated South Australia has sent an ominous warning to the rest of the 17/U at the start of the final day of round robin competition at the National Championships, with a resounding 29-goal victory over fellow title contender Queensland.
Billed as one of the matches of the tournament, the match lived up to expectations early, as the sides contested at a furious pace for much of the opening quarter.
But it was South Australia that adapted better to the frantic speed of the game and showed greater composure with ball in hand to take a six-goal lead into the first break.
What followed was utter dominance from the South Australians, who incredibly scored the first 14 goals of the second quarter to kill off any notion of a close match.
Queensland never stopped trying but couldn’t keep pace with a South Australian team that lifted their game to another level.
SA was sublime across the entire court, with the combination between shooters Lucy Austin (33 goals from 39 attempts) and Nyah Allen (18 from 22) a highlight.
With Austin standing at 193cm South Australia exploited her height to their advantage consistently throughout the match.
South Australian coach Lee-Anne Cummins was full of praise for her side’s performance, unsurprisingly citing their dominant second quarter as the key to setting up the win.
“Everything just clicked, and when you get a bit of momentum it makes life a bit easier,” she said.
Cummins was particularly pleased with her side’s effort in defence throughout the match.
“Our commitment to that defensive pressure, which was one of our team focuses, certainly put them under pressure to make errors.”
South Australia appears perfectly placed to contend for a third title in as many years, but Cummins wasn’t thinking that far ahead.
“Our focus has been one game at a time,” she said. “We will get through this afternoon… and we’ll refocus and regroup for (the finals).”
ACT enjoyed a nail biting two-goal win over Tasmania in a very contest.
Victoria saw off a persistent Western Australia to win by six goals, and New South Wales comfortably accounted for the Northern Territory, winning by 25.
New South Wales 22 v Queensland 28
South Australia 44 v Northern Territory 18
Tasmania 27 v ACT 33
Western Australia 33 v Victoria 21
South Australia kicked off Round 6 of the 19/U competition with a bang, posting a 44-18 goal victory against Northern Territory.
A flying first quarter saw South Australia up 13-7 at the first break and despite strong defensive pressures from Northern Territory, the home team maintained a strong lead, increasing their margin to 13 goals by half-time.
South Australian wing attack Georgia Dent was sublime across the first three quarters, while goal attack Amelia Day used her height to her advantage, particularly throughout the second half of the match, pouring in 19 goals from 28 attempts.
Team captain Maisie Nankivell was ecstatic with the team’s efforts.
“We all really came together as a team,” she said. “There are still areas to work on but all the girls executed their skills really well throughout the match.”
Nankivell said the team would go into the next round with a similar game plan.
“The whole division is a very even playing field. We need to take it one game at a time.”
Western Australia had a strong win, defeating Victoria 33-21.
New South Wales edged out Queensland by six goals, and in a gripping game to end the round, ACT took the lead in the final quarter against Tasmania, finishing with a 27-33 scoreline.
Victoria 34 v ACT 23
Western Australia 47 v Tasmania 23
South Australia 40 v New South Wales 39
Queensland 47 v Northern Territory 29
Persistence paid off for Western Australia in the seventh round of the National Netball Championships, with the team bouncing back hard after losing to Victoria by six goals in Round 6 and booking themselves a finals berth in the process.
Western Australia snapped up the first goal of the match and the teams traded goals throughout the opening quarter, but WA clicked into gear late, taking a four-goal lead into the quarter-time break.
They were quick on their feet throughout the second quarter and extended their lead to 11 goals, then continued building throughout the third term, taking a 17-goal lead into the final quarter.
Tasmania were determined not to lie down in the final 10 minutes but Western Australia’s defence held firm, with the 47-23 final result enough for them to hold onto fourth place and keep New South Wales out of finals on percentage.
Western Australian coach Sue Gerrard was proud of the result, given what was on the line.
“The girls knew that they had to win this one. It was a game to win and I thought they all applied themselves really well,” she said.
Gerrard said that assessing errors from the morning game and keeping possession of the ball were the main focus of the round.
“Our goal shooter (Sloane Burton – 33 goals from 39 attempts) was fantastic in today’s game. She was a really strong target and I think the girls around her utilised that really well,” she said.
In preparation for the semi-finals, Gerrard said: “the team will focus on the basics and get out there and enjoy the game”.
Victoria finished clear in second place on the ladder with an 11-goal win against ACT.
New South Wales’s brave bid to play finals came up agonisingly short, going down to undefeated South Australia by a singly goal, with the margin barely more than a couple of goals throughout the contest.
Queensland put its Round 6 loss to South Australia behind them, beating Northern Territory by 18 goals to remain in third place.
– Katrina Muhsin
Queensland 27 v South Australia 29
New South Wales 45 v Northern Territory 16
Victoria 43 v Australia Capital Territory 23
Western Australia 44 v Tasmania 13
The 19/U semi-finals are set, with the top four teams all doing enough in their final round robin games to ensure safe passage through to the medal games.
But Queensland made one last daring bid for a top four berth, almost downing second-placed South Australia in Round 7.
The game began with an intense first quarter as both teams made good connections downcourt. SA’s shooters worked hard to get the game on their terms and opened up a three-goal lead, but Queensland narrowed it to two at the first change.
It was a scrappy affair in the second quarter as both teams gave up possession through a number of passing errors.
Queensland goalers Mia Stower (four goals from seven attempts) and Tippah Dwan (23 from 29) worked hard to keep pace with the home side, with Jessica Donnelly providing good service to the circle, however it was SA holding a 15-11 lead at the long break.
South Australia extended their advantage to six goals by the end of the third quarter, but some fresh Queensland legs in the last provided the spark they needed, with wing attack Rachel Faanana helping to narrow the gap to two goals. But time proved to be Queensland’s enemy, with South Australia able to hold on for a 29-27 win.
Despite the loss, Queensland coach Megan Lynch was pleased and said her team left everything out there.
“I couldn’t have asked any more from my girls, I am so proud of them and very impressed with how hard they fought,” Lynch said.
South Australian coach Kirsty Leonard-Down said her team was still feeling fresh after a week of tough competition and was looking forward to finals.
“I think they’re still feeling good. They rose above the physicality most of the time. We just need to be smarter with our options and our contests,” she said.
In the round’s other games, New South Wales eased past Northern Territory by 29 goals and ACT also suffered a loss against the undefeated Victorians who left them 20 goals behind.
Western Australia ensured a top four berth with a 44-13 win against Tasmania.
– Amila Dedovic
South Australia 42 v Western Australia 27
Victoria 51 v Queensland 29
New South Wales 45 v Tasmania 11
Australian Capital Territory 50 v Northern Territory 28
Victoria will play South Australia for gold in a replay of last year’s 17/U National Netball Championships final, after both teams won through in their respective semi-finals on Saturday.
The South Australian team remains undefeated in the tournament, overcoming Western Australia 42-27 to book a spot in the big one, while Victoria was in ominous form against Queensland, cracking the 5-goal barrier to salute 51-29.
South Australia’s defensive prowess shone through opening quarter, leaving WA with limited options and forced into long throws.
Western Australia fought hard to stay in touch and kept the six-goal quarter-time margin in check at half-time, but a 9-12 third-quarter made the challenge all but impossible. Another 13 goals in the final 10 minutes saw SA run out winners by 15 goals.
South Australian coach Lee-Anne Cummins said giving the team “short-term goals” had helped the her team “keep their focus”.
“We’ve set some good groundings throughout the week so we just need to make we keep doing what’s been working well for us across the course of the Championships so far.”
Western Australian coach Sue Gerrard saw the game as a learning opportunity for the her players.
“I think the girls learned they need to be a lot tougher and stronger at the ball,” she said, adding that the team would aim to “put on a much better display” in its third-place playoff tomorrow.
Victoria’s semi-final against Queensland was all but over at half-time, with the Vics opening up a 28-12 lead. They extended their advantage to 22 goals in the third quarter, but Queensland was spirited in the last, drawing the quarter 9-9 to go down 51-29.
New South Wales won the first of the non-medal semi-finals in a landslide victory against Tasmania, 45-11.
New South Wales coach Nerida Stewart said it was one of her team’s best performances for the week.
“We’ve got a lot of depth in this team, so any combination that you put out there today was going to hit it hard. They stepped up and they shut down and they worked together. It was a solid performance, I was really happy with it,” Stewart said.
ACT also had success in their semi-final, toppling Northern Territory 50-28.
– Amila Dedovic
Victoria 32 v NSW 25
South Australia 34 v Western Australia 18
Queensland 42 v Tasmania 14
ACT 37 v Northern Territory 35
Hosts South Australia have qualified for the gold medal match and will play Victoria after defeating Western Australia in the semi-finals.
It was Western Australia that had the better of the early stages, adapting faster to the increased pace and intensity that comes with a finals match.
But once the South Australians settled they took control, shooting eight of the first 10 goals of the second quarter to go with the last three of the first, setting up a four-goal buffer at the main break.
With the game on the line, WA found another level after half-time, but failed to convert their dominance of possession into anything meaningful on the scoreboard.
South Australia absorbed that pressure and responded spectacularly, attacking winning the quarter 10 goals to five and opening up a decisive nine-goal lead at the final change, before running away with the game in the final quarter to record an emphatic 16-goal victory.
South Australian coach Kirsty Leonard-Down praised her side’s defensive work after an indifferent opening ten minutes.
“We picked up on our one-on-one defence and contested ball, and that gave us more opportunity with the ball,” Leonard-Down said.
“We’re building at the moment, and as long as we stick to what we do well and execute our game plan, we’re in it,” she said of the team’s chances in tomorrow’s gold medal game.
Victoria secured the other spot in the Championships decider, outclassing a gallant New South Wales by seven goals.
In the non-medal semis, ACT saw off a persistent and determined Northern Territory to record a narrow two-goal victory.
The evenly matched sides traded blows for much first half and were deadlocked at 19 apiece at the main break.
The ACT took the ascendency early in the third, shooting the first five goals to take the biggest lead of the match.
But the NT responded to the challenge, passing the ball with freedom in the midcourt to draw within one goal in the last minute of the quarter and set up a scintillating finish.
As fatigue set in it was the ACT that kept their errors down to ensure they avenged their Round 2 loss to their opponents.
Goal shooter Jacoba Clough was again outstanding for the ACT, with her dynamic movement and creativity in the shooting circle going a long way to securing the victory.
ACT coach Tara Steel was heartened by the way her side responded to the pressure of the match’s closing stages.
“That’s something we spoke about pre-game – composure,” Steel said. “Composure with the right intensity was going to win us this game,” she added.
“There were a few moments through the middle where it got a bit frazzled, but to bring that back towards the end was pleasing.”
Earlier, a rampant Queensland secured a resounding victory in semi-final four, defeating Tasmania by 28 goals.
– Nicholas Maegraith
The Northern Territory took on Tasmania in the battle for 7th place in the 17/U National Championships finals.
Northern Territory put on a strong display from start to finish to win 31-26, with Tasmania left to rue a number of misses opportunities.
The first quarter proved a tight battle with only two points separating the teams and Northern Territory edging ahead.
Northern Territory pulled further ahead in the second quarter, but Tasmania put up a fight early in the second half, slowly closing the gap to 17-26 but unable to take advantage of enough of their opportunities, with NT doing enough to hang on for a six-goal win.
Northern Territory coach Debra Gray said she “expected 100% effort but also expected (the girls) to play at the standard I knew they were capable of playing” and her team delivered.
Gray said her team “played together, they played unselfishly, they created space for each other and they worked hard”.
The Northern Territory’s 7th-place result and Tasmania’s 8th-place finish mimicked their results from 2017 Nationals.
– Emma Agars
Northern Territory has defeated Tasmania 43-26 to finish 7th in this morning’s final round at the 19/U National Championships.
Tasmania executed strong attacking styles effortlessly early in the first quarter, keeping the ball down their end of the court for the first few minutes.
But midcourt connections between Northern Territory’s Ruby Farthing and Elizabeth Paice began to create immense pressure on their opposition, narrowing the margin and eventually allowing NT to gain the lead, which they held to remain in front 13-8 at quarter time.
The second quarter had everything, with Tasmania’s Ashleigh Probert-Hill providing pace throughout the midcourt but facing strong resistance from the Northern Territory girls.
Northern Territory first maintained their lead and then began to extend it, finishing at half-time with a nine-point advantage.
NT goalers Sophie Gaynor and Daisy Hill sustained their shooting accuracy, widening their lead despite Tasmania’s best defensive efforts.
Fatigue began to show from the Tasmanian side with Cyndra Williams coming off with an ankle injury in the final minutes as Northern Territory ran out 17-goal winners.
– Claire Muecke
The 17/U final to decide 5th and 6th placing saw New South Wales taking on ACT.
The first quarter was a tight affair, with NSW establishing an 11-7 lead. The ACT struggled to maintain consistent defensive pressure and were a little rattled at the other end, causing a collection of missed goal opportunities in the second and third quarters.
What followed was complete dominance, with New South Wales tiring but maintaining a consistent 20-goal lead. The ACT tried everything to get themselves back in the game, committing to long throws, fast plays and bouncing the ball low to get through the NSW defence.
NSW still fought hard and managed to stay in front, shutting down any scoring opportunities for the ACT team, which managed only two goals in the last quarter as NSW secured a 48-25 result.
NSW coach Nerida Stewart said her team’s improvement throughout the tournament was outstanding.
“Any coach would be stoked with the fact that a team can build over nationals and get stronger and stronger,” she said.
Captain Sophie Dwyer said the team lacked consistency in the early rounds but was proud of the way her team finished the week.
“(It was) really great because we can show all the other teams that we should have been up in those higher spots – we just lacked the performance,” Dwyer said.
– Emma Agars
Queensland has secured victory over the ACT with a 35-26 score to finish 5th at the 19/U National Championships.
Continuous turnovers occurred in the first few minutes of the game as the ball moved swiftly back and forth through the centre third.
Superb attacking ability from Queensland’s Mia Stower gave her side the lead in the first minutes.
An impressive intercept from ACT’s Grace Hill and a subsequent conversion brought the scores back to level halfway through the first quarter, while accurate shooting from both sides kept the score close, with ACT’s Amber Brophy shining early.
Scores were tied at 7-7 at the first change.
Queensland started the better in the second quarter, managing four goals in the first two minutes of the second quarter to take the lead, which they extended to 19-14 at half-time.
ACT defender Maddy Melvelle did everything to try to help her side bridge the gap in the second half, but with Queensland’s Jess Donnelly and Heidi Osborne continuing to find space in the task was too great, with Queensland running out nine-goal winners.
– Claire Muecke
Western Australia 28 v Queensland 31
For the second year in row, Queensland has defeated Western Australia for the 17/U bronze medal at the National Netball Championships.
It was a much tighter margin this time around, however, with only three goals separating the teams at the final whistle.
Both teams struggled to get on top early, but a Queensland goal in the final seconds of the opening quarter saw them take a single-goal lead into the first break.
Queensland shooting pair Charlie Bell and Leah Pue combined beautifully, and clean hands from their teammates ensured they extended their lead by half-time.
Intense midcourt pressure made hitting the scoreboard a tough ask in the second half. Queensland defenders Madison Cooley, Vivienne Fitzpatrick and Abigail Houston were firmly tested, but withstood the challenge.
Western Australia refused to go quietly in the final quarter. The girls from the west stayed in touch with minutes to play and crucial penalties against Queensland in the dying minutes of the game had supporters holding their breath, however they held their nerve to ensure a three-goal win.
Queensland coach Simone Nalatu was confident her girls would hold their nerve.
“It was definitely tight and there were moments in that last quarter where I maybe wasn’t as confident but I knew we could get there in the end,” Natalu said.
“I felt confident that the girls would get the job done if they just went back to the basics and played the way they knew they could.”
A podium finish two years in a row might have seemed out of sight for Queensland earlier in the week after injury struck.
“We had a major injury during the week, and I thought the girls responded really well to that” Natatu said.
“I absolutely am proud of how the girls have performed this week.”
– Jessica Supple
New South Wales 32 v Western Australia 24
New South Wales has secured the 19/U National Championship bronze medal with a 32-24 win against Western Australia.
Western Australia matched NSW early and could have been in front in the first half, but cost themselves with a number of missed passes that allowed NSW to capitalise and take a 10-8 lead into quarter-time, and a 19-12 lead after the second quarter.
While WA pulled two goals back in the third quarter, from there NSW would not be denied, and were able to turn the tables on their result against their western opponents from earlier in the tournament.
NSW coach Lenore Blades paid credit to her defensive unit, with defence a skill they had focused heavily on in the lead-up to the game.
“We really tried to slow down their leads by making sure defensively the entire seven were working really hard, and it definitely paid off,” she said, adding that her attacking end had played to its strengths.
“Especially because Western Australia have several talented players and defenders that are extremely aerial, we focused on using our speed and placement of the ball, change of direction and patience.”
“It’s definitely a credit to the girls because we lost to WA in the rounds, so we’re so thrilled to … take home the bronze medal.”
Captain Tayla Fraser said it was the team’s ability to bring the same intensity to all four quarters that was the most pleasing.
“Earlier in the week we only be strong for two or three quarters, but today we stuck to our game plan for all four quarters and I think that’s the real reason we won,” she said.
“It felt so good to get out there and play the game that we knew we could.”
– Georgia Musolino
South Australia 40 v Victoria 26
South Australia mounted a remarkable second-half comeback to defeat Victoria and take home its third 17/U National Netball Championship title in a row.
Champions the past two years, the South Australians completed the hat-trick in front of a passionate home crowd.
Victoria came out firing, taking an early eight-goal lead. Goalkeeper Tegan Stephenson kept South Australia quiet in the opening stages of the game while at the other end, Victorian shooter Uneeq Palavi capitalised on her opportunities.
South Australian 17/U coach Lee-Anne Cummins said the message at the quarter-time break was to remain calm.
“(The message) was just to refocus and get back to what they do well,” Cummins said.
“I knew if we could regroup what our focus was and our gameplan had been and execute that well, then they would certainly be competitive.”
South Australia settled their nerves and came out firing in the second term. SA sharp shooter Nyah Allan was unstoppable, taking her opportunities and helping her team erase the seven-goal quarter-time deficit and level the scores at the main break.
SA then made the third term their own, scoring 12 goals to three. Dynamic defensive pressure from the South Australians held the Victorians scoreless early in the third, with wing defence Paris Sinclair playing her role beautifully despite a head knock earlier in the game.
Carrying a nine-goal lead, the South Australians didn’t waste any time getting off the mark in the final quarter but Victoria refused to go down quietly, fighting back to reduce the lead.
In the end, South Australia proved too strong and Cummins couldn’t have been prouder of her team.
“Its amazing – for some of these girls its back to back,” she said.
“For me personally, I have been working with some wonderful young athletes who are coming through the pathway, which is fantastic.”
Star shooter and South Australian captain Lucy Austin was overjoyed following the win.
“I’m so proud of all of the girls. Every member of the team stepped up and did their job, and we pushed it out for the 40 minutes,” Austin said.
“It’s honestly amazing. It’s the best thing in the world and nothing compares to this.”
– Jessica Supple
Victoria 31 v South Australia 26
Victoria has pulled off a three-peat at the 19/U National Netball Championships, narrowly defeating hosts South Australia 31-26.
The defending champions seized control from the outset, with wing attack Kate Kelly Oman providing excellent drive and supply for shooters Gabrielle Dwyer and Sacha McDonald.
Victoria’s defence was equally lethal early, restricting SA to just five goals in the first quarter as the Vics opened up a four-goal lead..
The margin was nine by half-time, but South Australia began to have more success in the first quarter, with goalers Amelia Day and Sophie Agostino (17 goals from 19 attempts) beginning to find more consistent passage to the post.
SA chipped away at the margin and put themselves in with a chance in the last quarter, but could get no closer than five goals, with Victoria keeping them at arm’s length to wrap up a third consecutive national title.
Victorian coach Kaylea McQuade set the team executed its game plan perfectly.
“We’ve had a fantastic week on and off the court, the girls are a great bunch and winning the gold medal just topped it off. They really stuck to the game plan today and put it all out on the court,” McQuade said.
Harper said she couldn’t be more proud of her team’s efforts.
“Going through undefeated the whole tournament, we couldn’t have asked for a better result bringing out the gold. We did it.”
“What really worked for us was our ability to have a level head and deliver great teamwork and patience over the whole 40 minutes.”
South Australian captain Maisie Nankivell said it was incredible achievement to play off for a national championship after missing out on the medal matches last year.
“We’re so stoked to be at the gold medal match and knew it was going to be a tough battle against Victoria, who are always the benchmark every year. I’m super proud of the girls and how we followed our game plan, especially achieving the consistency we wanted,” she said.
“It was good to get our name back up there again from coming 6th last year, so hopefully we can keep that going for the years to come.”
– Georgia Musolino