The 2016 Australian Netball League Finals Series took place at Netball Central last weekend – 25-26 June – and saw the Netball NSW Waratahs take out the sliver medal, after just missing out to the VIC Fury in the Grand Final.
The Fury, who won their fourth consecutive title, were joined in Saturday’s semi-finals by Western Sting, Southern Force and the NNSW Waratahs – the latter playing the series on their home turf. The Victorians produced a wonderful two-day performance and were well deserved of another title at the end of a fantastic weekend of netball.
Fury defeated the Western Sting in the first of Saturday’s semi-finals, eventually running out 56-74 winners in a close contest to book their place in Sunday’s Grand Final. They were joined there by their NSW hosts, after the Waratahs won a thrilling semi-final against the Southern Force 58-56 in perhaps the game of the weekend.
If the action on the Saturday had already lived up to expectations, Sunday’s may well have exceeded it as all four teams took to the court again to serve up more top-quality action. The Sting and Force played out an enthralling Preliminary Final with the Western Australians taking out the Bronze Medal, finishing well to take the spoils 68-60.
The stage was set for an epic Grand Final and it didn’t disappoint as the Fury, who had some good travelling support of their own in the crowd, and Waratahs played out a thriller. A poor second quarter, which NSW entered leading by one goal and exited trailing by seven, would prove to be the undoing of the home team, as the Fury seized the advantage and managed to maintain it right to the very end to claim another title.
There was a silver lining for the Waratahs, however, with goal attack Vanessa Mullampy being named the ANL’s Most Valuable Player for 2016 after a fine year which saw her come into her own on court.
The Waratahs finished the ANL regular season in second place on the ladder with six wins, three losses and one draw to their names from 10 games.
2016 Netball NSW Waratahs
Kiera AUSTIN – Eastwood Ryde
Jessica CALDERARA – Eastwood Ryde
Taylah DAVIES – Eastwood Ryde
Sophie HALPIN – Eastwood Ryde
Maddie HAY – Sutherland Shire
Georgia MARSHALL – Manly Warringah
Alison MILLER – Ku-ring-gai
Vanessa MULLAMPY – Penrith District
Claire O’BRIEN – St George District
Teigan O’SHANNASSY – Manly Warringah
Kara STYLES – St George District
Ashley VALENI – Sutherland Shire
Replacement Players: Amy Parmenter, Laura Towell
Head Coach: Briony Akle
Assistant Coach: Sonia Mkoloma
Team Manager: Mardi Aplin
Lead Physiotherapist: Yves Silveira
Assistant Physiotherapist: Gemma Vale
|2016 Netball NSW Waratahs – ANL Fixtures|
|Sat 30 April||NNSW Waratahs 68 d QLD Fusion 46||Brisbane Entertainment Centre|
|Sun 1 May||NNSW Waratahs 51 drew QLD Fusion 51||Ormiston College, QLD|
|Sat 7 May||NNSW Waratahs 52 d Canberra Darters 37||Netball Central, NSW|
|Sun 8 May||NNSW Waratahs 65 d Canberra Darters 46||Netball Central, NSW|
|Sat 14 May||NNSW Waratahs 44 d by VIC Fury 60||State Netball & Hockey Centre, VIC|
|Sun 15 May||NNSW Waratahs 50 d VIC Fury 41||Hisense Arena, VIC|
|Sat 11 June||NNSW Waratahs 63 d Western Sting 60||Newcastle Entertainment Centre, NSW|
|Sun 12 June||NNSW Waratahs 50 d by Western Sting 59||Netball Central, NSW|
|Sat 11 June||NNSW Waratahs 48 d by Southern Force 50||Titanium Security Arena, SA|
|Sun 19 June||NNSW Waratahs 66 d Southern Force 54||Priceline Stadium, SA|
|Sat 25 June||SF 1: VIC Fury 56 d Western Sting 47||Netball Central, NSW|
|SF 2: NNSW Waratahs 58 d Southern Force 56||Netball Central, NSW|
|Sun 26 June||PF: Western Sting 68 d Southern Force 60||Netball Central, NSW|
|GF: NNSW Waratahs 46 d by VIC Fury 53||Netball Central, NSW|
Absent from team photo: Sophie Halpin and Gemma Vale.