The Victorian Fury has put on an impressive display to defeat the Netball NSW (NNSW) Blues, 73-33, to close Week 6 of the 2013 Australian Netball League (ANL) in Melbourne.
The young NNSW Blues struggled to find answers against their more experienced opponents but fought gallantly until the final whistle, with the Fury posting their eighth consecutive win for the season.
Head Coach Moira Gaha said her young charges knew today’s match would be a challenge, but did their best against the competition leaders.
“Definitely we were expecting a tough contest against the Victorian Fury – they have some really experienced players out there and showed why they are the leading the competition. However I’m really proud of the efforts from our girls to run with them for the full 60 minutes,” Gaha said.
“They played their strongest line-up for three quarters, which is a real compliment to us. We had a few runs of consecutive goals, but their experience won out in the end.”
“This week we will go back, train hard, and prepare for our final weekend of competition at home at the Anne Clark Centre,” Gaha concluded.
Courtesy of Netball Victoria…
Fury goal shooter Mwai Kumwenda led the way, showcasing her agility and poise under the post, unstoppable for three quarters as she continues to cement her place as arguably the best goal shooter in the 2013 ANL.
Fury were dominant for the duration of the game and used the established lead as an opportunity to trial new combinations, with Kate Moloney pulling on the wing defence bib to form an imposing defensive line up alongside Amy Steel and Mary Livesley.
In what will be a great learning experience for the NNSW Blues, the team improved as the match progressed and worked hard to implement their coach’s instructions from the bench.
Georgia Marshall was the main scorer for the NNSW Blues, hitting 17 from 19 but unfortunately was limited in supply as the team struggled to penetrate the Victorian defence.
With all four shooters taking the court for the Fury the load was shared amongst the group.
The NNSW Blues will now return to Sydney to prepare for their final weekend of competition, where they will meet Tassie Spirit and defending champions Southern Force at the Anne Clark Centre. Tickets are available for NSW fans to watch the best netball talent from around the country – visit www.netballnsw.comfor more information.
NNSW BLUES Q1: 8 – Q2: 17 (9) – Q3: 25 (8) – Q4: 33 (8)
VIC FURY Q1: 17 – Q2: 40 (23) – Q3: 57 (17) – Q4: 73 (16)
NNSW BLUES: 33/42 @ 79%
Georgia Marshall: 17/19 @ 89%
Lauren Yager: 6/6 @ 100%
Vaness Mullampy: 5/6 @ 83%
Holly Pearce: 5/11 @ 43%
VIC FURY: 73/84 @ 87%
Mwai Kumwenda: 43/49 @ 88%
Simone Nalder: 14/16 @ 88%
Stacey Gannon: 10/12 @ 83%
Ash Howard: 6/7 @ 86%
Teams Starting Positions
NNSW BLUES: GS Vanessa Mullampy (vc), GA Holly Pearce, WA Georgia M. Marshall, C Sophie Halpin, WD Madeline Hay, GD Jessica Calderara (c), GK Nicole Styles
VIC FURY: GS Mwai Kumwenda, GA Stacey Gannon, WA Caitlyn Strachan, C Kasey Stanaway, WD Kate Moloney, GD Mary Livesy, GK Amy Steel