NSW finish Nationals in third and fourth

The NSW 17/U has defeated South Australia, 36-22, to claim third position, while NSW 19/U lost to a slick Victoria by five goals, 32-27, to finish in fourth place at the 2013 17/U & 19/U National Netball Championships in Darwin.

The 17s led from the first whistle, showing their growth over the week after a two goal loss to SA during the round robin stages on Day One of competition.  NSW established their dominance on the game from the first whistle, scoring the first four consecutive goals.  All players were able to get time on court, showing the team effort the NSW 17/U has built upon over the tournament.

VIC opened the 19/U Preliminary Final on the front foot, however NSW regathered quickly to stay in touch with their old rivals.  Despite a huge third quarter from the 19s, in which NSW got within two goals, VIC rallied to hold on and claim a five goal victory.

17/U Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
NSW Q1: 11 – Q2: 21 (10) – Q3: 32 (11) – Q4: 36 (4)
SA Q1: 4 – Q2: 12 (8) – Q3: 16 (4) – Q4: 22 (6)

17/U Shooting Statistics
NSW: 36/50 @ 70%
Georgia Marshall: 19/25 @ 76%
Lauren Yager: 17/23 @ 74%
Cristy Linaker: 0/2 @ 0%

SA: 22/36 @ 61%
Taylor Greig: 3/8 @ 38%
Kelsey Williams: 18/24 @ 75%
Stephanie Sarro: ¼ @ 25%

17/U Teams Starting Positions
NSW: GS Georgia Marshall (c), GA Lauren Yager (vc), WA Braeden Quince, C Elyssa Pierce, WD Natasha Strachan, GD Toni Anderson, GK Ashley Valeni
SA: GS Taylor Greig, GA Kelsey Williams, WA Shannon Green, C Hannah Petty, WD Emily Burgess, GD Sarah Raper, GK Lucy Armfield

NSW 17/U Position Changes
Q3: Madeleine McCathie WD; Q4 Cristy Linaker GS, Jade Riley WA, Cassandra Radford GK

19/ U Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
NSW Q1: 7 – Q2: 13 (6) – Q3: 22 (9) – Q4: 27 (5)
VIC Q1: 12 – Q2: 21 (9) – Q3: 26 (4) – Q4: 32 (6)

19/ U Shooting Statistics
NSW: 27/38 @ 71%
Claudia Russell: 19/27 @ 70%
Lauren Cantwell: 4/5 @ 80%
Stephanie MacGougan: 4/6 @ 67%

VIC: 32/38 @ 84%
Megan Rosser: 28/31 @ 90%
Elle Rice: 2/5 @ 40%
Maggie Lind: 2/2 @ 100%

19/U Teams Starting Positions
NSW: GS Claudia Russell (vc), GA Lauren Cantwell, WA Zoe Gilbert, C Tanisha Stanton, WD Madeline Hay, GD Brooke Lawrence (c), GK Billie Gurr
VIC: GS Megan Rosser, GA Elle Rice, WA Maggie Lind (c), C Molly Jovic, WD Maggie Taumaoe, GD Chloe Watson (vc), GK Emily Mannix

19/U NSW Position Changes
Q2: Stanton WA, Gilbert C; Q3: Stephanie MacGougan GA, Cantwell WA, Stanton C