The 2019 National Netball Championships finished up today in Brisbane with amazing efforts by NSW, with the 17/U and 19/U teams winning silver medals.
Despite losing the clincher final games, Netball NSW Head of Netball Nikki Horton said she was thrilled with what both sides achieved this year.
“I think I can speak on behalf of the state of NSW in saying that we’re so proud of the 17s and 19s, they really stepped it up this year. Nationals is a notoriously long, tough week and both teams showed such passion and determination, which ultimately landed them spots in the Grand Finals.
“Obviously I’m sad for them not to bring home gold medals but I know this will drive them to come back stronger than ever next year.”
South Australia kept their title of reigning champs, making 2019 the fourth year in a row they’ve won gold, with NSW coming in second place.
It was a strong start for the reds who were up four goals within minutes of the opening quarter, but many turnovers helped settle the score for NSW, bringing the score to an even 7-7 at quarter time.
Better control over the ball by SA helped them storm ahead by 10 goals with less than two minutes to go in the first half. The blues forced some ball to end the quarter on 13-21, with huge ground to cover in the second half.
The margin proved too hard to close, with SA keeping defensive pressure over NSW, and making sure no turnovers for their opponents were converted into points. When the final whistle blew, the gap was five goals, with the reds winning 30-35.
After a week of playing against the best in Australia, the 17/U team ended their Nationals campaign with seven wins and two losses.
South Australia stormed out of the gates in the first quarter, with their defence proving too tough to match by NSW. The blues threw some loose passes which their opponents capitalised on, with SA winning the quarter by seven goals, 4-11.
NSW grew impatient with their feeds in the second quarter, leading to errors that SA pounced on. By the end of the first half, the reds held a commanding 15-goal lead, 8-23.
In a second half that echoed the 17s, SA kept their momentum going, with the goal difference too big for NSW to catch up. By three quarter time, the score was 16-35.
The blues never gave up though and tried their hardest to disrupt the flow of SA’s ball play, but it wasn’t enough. SA claimed victory at full-time with an impressive 20-49 win.
After nine games of tough competition, the NSW 19/U side came away from their Nationals campaign with six wins – a great result for this up-and-coming NSW team.
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Pic credit: Russell Freeman Photography.