The NSW 21/U Team have put on a dominant performance in their final outing of the 2014 National Netball Championships, defeating Queensland 70-28 to claim third place at the tournament in Adelaide.
Head Coach Megan Simpson said she couldn’t be prouder of the team finishing with such an emphatic win.
“I’m so proud of the girls; the fact they actually really came out with conviction today and were really well composed under pressure. We knew QLD were certainly going to come out hard … I’m just really pleased that they stuck to the game plan and they really executed it with such precision today,” Simpson said.
There was plenty of pride to play for and NSW certainly showed that early, jumping out to an early lead in the opening minutes of the game. QLD weren’t to be discouraged as they kept in touch with their opponents, with slick movement down the court to catch NSW out of position.
However it was the shooting partnership of Kristina Brice and Amy Sommerville that stood strong, working the circle in tandem to provide options to their midcourters. Brice put up 15 goals for the quarter, capitalising on possession gains created by NSW circle defenders Kristiana Manu’a and Karli Ireland, with NSW taking healthy 20-8 lead into the first break.
Despite being 12 goals down QLD began the second quarter well, with shooting duo GS Claudia Jones and GA Lauren Sculley not missing a shot. But the hard work was QLD getting the ball to their shooters with NSW deploying a discipline one-on-one defence. With their hard work in defence and pin-point feeding from midcourters Taylah Davies and Donnay Van Taak, NSW extended their lead to 22 goals at the big break, 37-15.
QLD Head Coach Jenny Brazel made wholesale changes for the second half, while NSW Head Coach Megan Simpson’s only change was bringing creative feeder Tiesha Ojeda onto WA. QLD took time to settle into their new combinations and, although staying in touch with their opponents, could close the deficit on the scoreboard.
NSW Keeper Ireland had a blinding third quarter and, with five intercepts to her name, helped her team set up a 32 goal advantage heading into the final 15 minutes, 52-20.
With a handy lead Simpson saw the opportunity to utilise her bench, bringing on Claudia Russell, Sophie Halpin and Phoebe Seamer to GA, C and GK respectively, while moving Ireland to GD. The changes did little to disrupt NSW’s momentum, although QLD put together some slick, fast ball movement in their attacking third for their shooters to capitalise.
Still the lead was too great for QLD to catch, with NSW putting together an impressive 60 minute performance to finish 42 goal victors and take out the bronze placing.
Watch match highlights plus interview with Head Coach Megan Simpson with NetballNSWTV below:
Defending Champions South Australia and Victoria are next to take the court to decide who will be crowd the 2013 National 21/U Champions – follow Netball NSW on twitter for LIVE game updates; @Netball_NSW
2014 National Netball Championships – Finals Results
Semi Final 1: South Australia 58 d Queensland 36
Semi Final 2: Victoria 36 d New South Wales 32
5v6: Western Australia 55 d Australian Capital Territory 45
3rd Place Play-Off: New South Wales 70 d Queensland 28
Grand Final: South Australia 43 d Victoria 27
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*above times SA local
NSW│ Q1: 20 – Q2: 37 (17) – Q3: 52 (15) – Q4: 70 (18)
QLD│ Q1: 8 – Q2: 15 (7) – Q3: 20 (5) – Q4: 28 (8)
NSW: 70/94 @ 74%
Kristina Brice: 36/47 @ 77%
Amy Sommerville: 18/26 @ 69%
Claudia Russell: 16/21 @ 76%
QLD: 28/46 @ 61%
Claudia Jones: 21/32 @ 66%
Lauren Sculley: 4/6 @ 50%
Stephanie O’Brien: 4/8 @ 50%
Teams Starting Positions
NSW│ GS Kristina Brice, GA Amy Sommerville (c), WA Donnay Van Taak, C Taylah Davies, WD Maddie Hay, GD Kristiana Manu’a, GK Karli Ireland
QLD│ GS Claudia Jones, GA Lauren Sculley, WA Stephanie O’Brien, C Mahalia Cassidy, WD Madeline McAuliffe (c), GD Madeleine Walsh, GK Kate Dudley
NSW│ Q3 – WA Tiesha Ojeda; Q4 – GS Claudia Russell, C Sophie Halpin, GD Ireland, GK Phoebe Seamer.
QLD│ Q2 – GK Aldora Tulua; Q3 – GA O’Brien, WA Olivia O’Donnell, C McAuliffe, WD Walsh, GD Tulua, GK Dudley.