NSWIS played an extraordinaire game against Central Pulse to come from eight behind to win by two goals, 48-46 claiming third place at the inaugural Super Club competition at the Trafalgar Centre, Nelson on Friday 7 July.
Head Coach Briony Akle, is extremely pleased with the composure the team showed while coming back from eight goals down at half time.
“This young team did an outstanding job tonight against a very experienced New Zealand side.
“The ability of the team to remain calm during that 60-minutes of netball was impressive.
“The Pulse are a quality New Zealand side who really challenged our young team in all areas of the game.
“The girls gave the game their best performance and it was great to see them implement the week’s learning’s,” said Akle.
From the first whistle, NSWIS played as a team, meeting the Pulse goal for goal until taking a two-point lead after the first ten minutes. Lightning fast passing between GA Sophie Garbin and GS Kristina Brice allowed NSWIS to capitalise on a growing goal margin. Captain Maddy Proud provided classy defending tactics, which saw her take the first intercept of the match. The match was setting itself up to be a display of all the young NSWIS team’s learnings during the competition, going into the first break leading 15-12.
The Pulse came out firing in the second quarter to equalise scores within two minutes. Tayla Fraser came on as C and Maddy Turner to GD saw renewed vigour from NSWIS, unfortunately, some costly mistakes saw Pulse dominate in their attacking end. By half time Pulse had successfully outscored NSWIS 6-17 in the quarter to take an eight-goal lead at half time.
As play commenced for the final half NSWIS were determined to show this Kiwi side they were here to win. Using short passes to feed the ball down the court NSWIS steadily reduced Pulse’s lead. With multiple turnovers on both sides, NSWIS’s increased defensive pressure saw the goal gap reduce to five goals at the three-quarter time break, 34-39.
After two minutes NSWIS had scored four consecutive goals to trail only by two goals with plenty of time on the clock to provide a come from behind win. The pressure was on for both teams with the Pulse having to play a strong defensive game as NSWIS continued push Pulse to their limits.
With seven minutes on the clock, team’s were tied at 41 all. The crowd’s noise intensified as they sensed NSWIS’s looming threat. With three minutes on the clock, NSWIS took a two-goal lead, with the centre pass in their favour. NSWIS maintained the two-goal lead fending off Pulse’s attackers until the final buzzer sounded to win 48-46.
NSWIS | Q1: 15– Q2: 6 (21) – Q3: 13 (34) – Q4: 14 (48)
PULSE | Q1:12 – Q2: 17 (29) – Q3: 10 (39) – Q4: 7 (46)
NSWIS | GS Kristina Brice, GA Sophie Garbin, WA Taylah Davies, C Maddy Proud, WD Amy Parmenter, GD Toni Anderson, GK Sarah Klau, Tayla Fraser, Angela Frketic, Lauren Moore, Maddy Turner, Georgia Marshall.
PULSE | GS Cathrine Tuivaiti, GA te Amp Amaru-Tibble, WA Whitney Souness, C Sara Bayman, WD Claire Kersten, GD Katrina Grant, GK Karin Burger
NSWIS | 48/65 @ 73%
K.Brice: 30/39 @ 77%
S.Garbin: 13/18 @72%
G.Marshall: 5/8 @ 62%
PULSE | 46/59 @ 77%
C.Tuivaiti: 2/2 @100%
E.Autagavaia: 3/5 @ 60%
Howard-Vallance: 12/19 @ 63%