NSW sides finish fourth and fifth at Nationals

The National Netball Championships finished up on Monday 24 April, with the NSW 17/U finishing in fifth place overall and the 19/U finishing in fourth.

17/U – Wrap

17/U team defeated the ACT 39-19 to finish their National Netball Championship campaign in fifth place.

A dominant second half in the fifth-sixth place playoff, where NSW scored 25 goals to nine, saw them overcome an ACT side that tried hard throughout the four quarters.

The opening term was a tight affair as both sides went goal for goal but it was ACT who got their noses in front to lead 7-6 at the end of the first term.

The second quarter was similar to the first with both sides fighting hard for every possession.

With scores level at 8-8 with five minutes to go until halftime, NSW finished the quarter stronger to head into halftime holding a 14-10 advantage.

NSW stepped up their intensity in the third term and as a result they outscored ACT 11-5 to lead 25-15 heading into the final quarter.

ACT continued to try hard in the final term but NSW held their composure to finish stronger and finish their Nationals campaign on a winning note.

After a week of playing against the best in Australia, the 17/U team ended their Nationals Campaign with six wins and three losses.

Results
Round 1 – New South Wales 21 v Western Australia 31 (L)
Round 2 – New South Wales 31  v Queensland 38 (L)
Round 3 – New South Wales 44 v Northern Territory 11 (W)
Round 4 – New South Wales 21 v South Australia 44 (L)
Round 5 – Tasmania 22 v New South Wales 42 (W)
Round 6 – Victoria 26 v New South Wales 30 (W)
Round 7 – New South Wales 35 v ACT 23 (W)
Finals 1 – New South Wales 38 v Northern Territory 15 (W)
Finals 2 – New South Wales 39 v ACT 19 (W)

19/U – Wrap

The 19/U team finished their Nationals Campaign in fourth place with four wins from the week.

The opening quarter of their third-fourth place final was a low scoring affair and both sides were guilty of costly turnovers and handling mistakes.

Western Australia managed to get their noses in front and led 5-3 at the end of the first term.

NSW came out strongly in the second quarter, lifting their defensive intensity and drive through the midcourt.

They hit the lead 10-8 but three late goals to Western Australia saw them maintain a slender one-goal (11-10) lead at halftime.

Western Australia showed better control in the third term and as a result led 16-13 heading into the final quarter.

The final term saw both sides go goal for goal but as hard as NSW tried they couldn’t bridge the margin and Western Australia came away five goal victors.

After nine games of tough competition the NSW 19/U side came away from their Nationals campaign with four wins five losses – a satisfactory result for this up and coming NSW team.

Results
Round 1 – New South Wales 27 v Queensland 28 (L)
Round 2  – New South Wales 30 v South Australia 23 (W)
Round 3 – New South Wales 42 v Tasmania 27 (W)
Round 4 – New South Wales 25 v Victoria 32 (L)
Round 5 – Northern Territory 31 v New South Wales 34 (W)
Round 6 – Western Australia 21 v New South Wales 25 (W)
Round 7 – New South Wales 25 v ACT 32 (L)
Finals 1 – Queensland 27 v New South Wales 24 (L)
Finals 2 – Western Australia 21 v New South Wales 17 (L)

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