NSW’s reign as Marie Little Shield champions is over as South Australia claimed the 2019 title, defeating Victoria 21 to 18 at the Queensland State Netball Centre.
The Victorian side came out strong grabbing the first three goals of the match and looking like they might put on a dominant display, but the South Australian Rubies dug deep to keep their gold medal dream alive and managed to come away with a three-goal victory.
There was some good news for NSW, however, as they finished the tournament with bronze after defeating Queensland in the third-place playoff.
The One Netball Marie Little Shield is an annual tournament that provides women with an intellectual disability the chance to compete at a national level.
Named after disability netball pioneer, Marie Little OAM, the competition sees teams from six states and territories compete.
NSW had been the champions for the past four years but a fifth title in a row wasn’t to be.
Game 1: NSW v VIC – 11-13 (lost)
Game 2: NSW v SA – 19-23 (lost)
Game 3: NSW v NT – 28-5 (won)
Game 4: NSW v ACT – 34 – 2 (won)
Game 5: NSW v QLD – 33-1 (won)
Game 6: NSW v WA – 33 -11 (won)
Third place playoff: NSW v QLD – 15-4 (won)