With just two regular rounds to be played before the Finals Series, both NSW Australian Netball League (ANL) teams are preparing to make their final away trips of the regular season to contest Week 6 of the 2013 competition this weekend.
The Netball NSW (NNSW) Blues will travel to Victoria where they will meet the Canberra Darters before taking on hosts and ladder leaders Victorian Fury at Waverley Netball Centre.
The NNSW Blues will play opponents on opposite ends of the table; the Fury is undefeated in the competition (7-0), while the Darters are looking to secure their first win.
NNSW Blues Head Coach Moira Gaha said the team is excited to be able to continue testing themselves against the two teams.
“We are looking forward to playing against the Darters and the Fury – two completely different styles of teams, with the only similarity in that they both have a tall, holding shooter, so we will have similar strategies to go up against that,” Gaha said.
“In terms of our own team goals, we just need to keep building on what we’ve been doing – trusting each other and letting the ball go.”
Gaha said she has been most pleased with the progress of her young charges, especially when being challenged by more experienced sides.
“The girls have taken everyone on and not worried about who they are up against, which is a very exciting thing. They just want to go out there and play their best netball. Yes there are more experienced teams than us, but if we can just be patient and keep a cool head, then we just work away no matter who we play,” Gaha concluded.
The Netball NSW (NNSW) Waratahs will travel to Tasmania this weekend, looking to cement their place in the top four as the competition approaches finals.
The NNSW Waratahs will first meet the Australian 21/U World Youth Cup team, playing as the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), before taking on the QLD Fusion at Ulverstone Sports and Leisure Centre.
On a four-game winning streak, NNSW Waratahs Head Coach Sue Hawkins said it was important the team continued to take that form into not just this weekend, but the rest of the competition.
“We have been building every time we have stepped out onto the court, but now have to consolidate and finish off,” Hawkins said.
“It’s going to be two different games this weekend. The AIS team is building towards the 2013 World Youth Netball Championships and are getting stronger each time they take the court, so we are expecting a polished performance from them, meaning we will have to bring our ‘A’ game.”
“We are currently sitting on equal points with QLD so that game will be really vital, and they have some experienced players on their team. However it’s really about us just focusing on what we can do, and do really well, to come away with the win,” Hawkins concluded.
Keep up-to-date with all the ANL action this weekend by following Netball NSW social media channels. We will be posting live score updates, photos, plus post-match interviews – www.facebook.com/OfficialNetballNSW, www.twitter.com/Netball_NSW, www.youtube.com/NetballNSWTV, and Instagram @netballnsw using #ANL #GoNSW
2013 AUSTRALIAN NETBALL LEAGUE – WEEK 6 FIXTURE (AEST)
Waverley Netball Centre, Victoria
Saturday 10 August
NNSW Blues v Canberra Darters @ 7.00pm
Sunday 11 August
Canberra Darters v Victorian Flames @ 10.30am
Victorian Fury v NNSW Blues @ 12.30pm
Ulverstone Sports & Leisure Centre, Tasmania
Saturday 10 August
NNSW Waratahs v AIS @ 4.00pm
Tassie Spirit v QLD Fusion @ 6.00pm
Sunday 11 August
QLD Fusion v NNSW Waratahs @ 10.00am
AIS v Tassie Spirit @ 12.00pm
Netball NSW Blues – Week 6
Jessica Calderara (c) Eastwood Ryde
Sophie Halpin Eastwood Ryde
Madeleine Hay Sutherland Shire
Stephanie MacGougan Eastwood Ryde
Katie Maguire St George
Georgia Marshall Manly-Warringah
Georgia M. Marshall Penrith
Vanessa Mullampy (vc) Baulkham Hills
Holly Pearce Sutherland Shire
Kara Styles St George
Nicole Styles St George
Lauren Yager Sutherland Shire
Head Coach: Moira Gaha
Assistant Coach: Jenny O’Keeffe
Manager: Maureen Stephenson
Physiotherapist: Kate Macdermid
Netball NSW Waratahs – Week 6
Taylah Davies Sutherland Shire
Kristie Guthrie (vc) Manly-Warringah
Emily Keenan Eastwood Ryde
Nadja Kundrus-Little Sutherland Shire
Samantha May (c) Baulkham Hills
Alix McDermott Baulkham Hills
Leah Shoard Sutherland Shire
Madeleine Smith Baulkham Hills
Amy Sommerville Eastwood Ryde
Melissa Tallent Sutherland Shire
Ashlee Weir Manly-Warringah
Elly Willan Manly-Warringah
Head Coach: Sue Hawkins
Assistant Coach: Maria Lynch
Manager: Donna Harrison
Physiotherapists: Daniel Vukovic & Justin Walsh
Check out both teams in Week 5 with highlights and interviews below: