ANL heads to Nation’s capital for Week 5

Following the NSW Derby last night at the Anne Clark Centre both NSW Australian Netball League (ANL) sides now turn their attention to Week 5 of the 2013 competition, to be contested this weekend in Canberra.

With a spirited performance against their more experienced counterparts in last night’s match, the Netball NSW (NNSW) Blues will open the round when they take on the QLD Fusion tomorrow, Friday 2 August, at 3.00pm.

NNSW Blues Head Coach Moira Gaha said this weekend will be challenging, but another opportunity for her young charges to learn.

“We’re looking forward to two excellent games [against] two great teams.  [Both the Fusion and Western Sting have] experience so we will put out similar game plans to what we’ve been putting out there [already] … just try and be consistent for the four quarters,” Gaha said.

“Given we are a development team we obviously go into every game wanting to play our best game of netball – individually and as a team – but we want to make sure we give to these girls, our upcoming NSW netball talent, the opportunity to grow and learn.”

The NNSW Waratahs will travel a day later than the NNSW Blues, with their first game on Saturday 3 August against the Western Sting at 3.00pm.  It was a nail-biter the last time these two sides met, with the NNSW Waratahs narrowly defeating the Western Australian side by one goal in the 2012 ANL Semi Final to advance to the title decider.

NNSW Waratahs Assistant Coach Maria Lynch says the side are preparing for another tough contest this weekend.

“We’ve got a full on weekend. We have the Sting on Saturday and then backing up to play the (Canberra) Darters on Sunday,” Lynch said.

“They are two very physical teams and two teams that will really test us…but it’s a great lead-up for us coming into the final weeks of the competition.

“Our girls just have to go out there and focus on our game to get over the top of these teams.  [We will be] looking at sticking to our game plan, building as the game goes on, and to really let our talent shine out there … we’ve got a really good feel now and we know that we’ve got to step up and step forward each time we hit the court,” Lynch concluded.

Watch the full interview with both NSW ANL coaches.

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2013 ANL – WEEK 5 FIXTURE
Friday 2 August
NNSW Blues v QLD Fusion @ 3pm
VIC Flames v Western Sting @ 5pm
Canberra Darters v AIS @ 7pm
Saturday 3 August
NNSW Waratahs v Western Sting @ 3pm
QLD Fusion v VIC Fury @ 5pm
Territory Storm v Canberra Darters @ 7pm
Sunday 4 August
Western Sting v NNSW Blues @ 10am
Territory Storm v VIC Fury @ 12pm
VIC Flames v QLD Fusion @ 2pm
Canberra Darters v NNSW Waratahs @ 4pm
View full 2013 ANL Fixture here

Netball NSW Blues – Week 5 Team
Jessica Calderara (c)
Sophie Halpin
Madeline Hay
Katie Maguire
Georgia Marshall
Georgia M. Marshall
Vanessa Mullampy (vc)
Holly Pearce
Tanisha Stanton
Kara Styles
Nicole Styles
Lauren Yager

Netball NSW Waratahs – Week 5 Team
Taylah Davies
Kristie Guthrie (vc)
Emily Keenan
Nadja Kundrus-Little
Samantha May (c)
Alix McDermott
Claudia Russell
Leah Shoard
Madeleine Smith
Melissa Tallent
Ashlee Weir
Elly Willan