2013 Marie Little OAM Shield

Netball Victoria claimed the 2013 Marie Little OAM Shield following a fantastic day of netball with teams from Netball VIC, Netball South Australia (second) and Netball NSW (third).

Brief match reports from each of the six games played throughout the day are available below:

Game 6: Netball SA 18 def Netball NSW 11

It was a fantastic contest in the final game of the 2013 Marie Little OAM Shield as the teams matched it in the first half with neither able to gain advantage early on.

A defensive rebound with four minutes to play in the first half gave South Australia the chance to go ahead, and the SA shooters continued the brilliance from their previous game, making the most of their opportunities to lead 10-5 at halftime.

The NSW defenders started to make an impact in the second half but SA held strong and NSW were unable to make up the margin as both teams continued to convert their chance, SA winners by seven.

Game 5: Netball SA 11 def VIC 10

Some tremendous shooting from Netball SA helped them to an 11-10 win over Netball VIC in their second meeting at the 2013 Marie Little OAM Shield.

Netball SA got away to a terrific start, leading Netball VIC 3-0 early on, built on some terrific full court defence. The Netball VIC defenders responded to help their team get on the scoreboard, and there were some great end-to-end plays as the players fought for each possession.

Netball VIC leveled at 3-all with one minute to play in the first half and scored twice more in quick succession to take a 5-3 lead into halftime.

Netball SA score first out of the break to get back within one. A long bomb for Netball SA’s goal attack lifted the team and they soon went ahead by one goal, 6-5. It went goal-for-goal midway through the second half but some tremendous shooting from Netball SA gave them a small lead and they held off VIC to take the win by one.

Game 4: Netball VIC 11 def Netball NSW 5

Netball Victoria remained undefeated with an 11-5 win over Netbal NSW in their Round 2 clash.

Defence dominated the game and a strong first half from the Victorians sealed their victory.

Victoria escaped to an early lead on the back of some terrific defence and slick play in attack. NSW soon settled to get back on the scoreboard thanks to an intercept, then goal by GA XX. Victoria held a 6-2 lead at the break.

It was a close contest in the second period as the teams went goal-for-goal, NSW lifted their scoring rate but the Victorians held strong to take the win 11-5.

Game 3: Netball SA 19 def Netball NSW 17

It was another tough outing for hosts Netball NSW in their second game of the 2013 Marie Little OAM Shield, going down to Netball SA by two goals, 19-17 – an identical scoreline to the host’s opening match against Victoria.

With NSW shooters Dallas Austin (GS) and Uriah Weston (GA) starting to find their rhythm the home side worked the ball patiently to their attacking end for their shooters to find the net.  However the South Australian Rubies had their own bag of tricks; their defenders worked overtime to take vital intercepts, while their attackers moved into space for the easy pass.

Backed by a vocal home crowd, including the Netball NSW Waratahs who had come down to give extra support, the hosts did everything to try and chase down the deficit on the scoreboard.  Despite some accurate shooting from Weston and Austin, NSW couldn’t close the two goal margin they had chased since the first quarter, and the SA Rubies posted their first win of the tournament thus far.

Game 2: Netball VIC 22 def Netball SA 17

It was a tight contest during the second match of the 2013 Marie Little OAM Shield, Netball Victoria enjoying a great comeback to defeat Netball South Australia by five goals, their second victory of the tournament thus far.

It was the South Australian Rubies who looked in control of the match, their first outing of the tournament, as Victoria tried out different combinations to their first game side.  At half time the Rubies had opened out to a four goal lead and had momentum on their side, but the Victorians weren’t to be discouraged.

A massive third quarter effort from VIC saw them outscore SA seven goals to four, and it wasn’t until the dying seconds that the Rubies GS put up a shot to keep her side in the lead for the final 15 minutes.

However the momentum stayed with the Victorians as they worked as a strong team unit.  Despite the Rubies scoring the final three unanswered goals, the Victorians held strong to take victory.

Game 1: Netball VIC 19 def Netball NSW 17

The 2013 Marie Little OAM Shield has kicked off at the Anne Clark Centre with Netball Victoria defeating Netball NSW by the slimmest margin, winning the match 19-17.

It was VIC who settled into the match first, opening up a small lead over NSW however backed by their vocal home crowd, the hosts rallied to trail by three goals at the big break, 9-6.  A massive third quarter from NSW saw them hit the lead, with their midcourters taking vital intercepts for their shooters to capitalise on the scoreboard.

However VIC returned fire in the fourth quarter, working their set plays and moving the ball patiently around the court to hold off a resurgent NSW to take honours in the opening match.

VIC will back up for the next game where they will meet South Australia, while NSW will enjoy a break before closing the morning session against SA at 11.40am.

The 2013 Marie Little OAM Shield is a one-day round robin tournament for People With a Disability (PWD), with three teams representing NSW, Victoria and South Australia playing each other twice to take home the title.

The tournament will be held in two sessions, the first beginning at 9.00am followed by an afternoon session from 2.00pm, with presentations to the teams at the conclusion of the day’s play.

This is the third year the All Abilities tournament is being held, after first being contested between Netball Victoria and Netball South Australia on the back of the 21/U National Netball Championships in 2011.

VIC 19 def NSW 17
VIC 22 def SA 17
SA 19 def NSW 17
VIC 11 def NSW 5
SA 11 def VIC 10
SA 18 def NSW 11