Day two of play at the 2018 National Netball Championships in Adelaide has come to an end with the best up and coming talent from all over Australia once again showcasing their skills.
Having both registered a win and a loss on the opening day of action on Tuesday, the NSW 17/U and 19/U Teams went into Wednesday looking for two wins apiece to give them the best chance of making Finals at the weekend.
Having gone down to Victoria in their first game on Day 1, the NSW 17s started far brighter on Day 2, leading their clash with Western Australia 15-5 at quarter time thanks to good accuracy from the shooters and strong defensive pressure from all players throughout the court.
However, they didn’t have everything their own way for the rest of the game with the West Australians living up to their strong billing to reel in the deficit and provide a nail-biting finish to the contest. In the end the sides couldn’t be separated and they shared the spoils 40-40.
Things got better for the NSW 17s in their second game of the day as they put in a good performance to beat ACT 32-27 to sit in fourth place on the ladder after two days and four rounds of action. They are behind the unbeaten South Australians in first, Victoria in second and Queensland in third.
Next up for the NSW 17s is a clash with Queensland tomorrow, ahead of the challenges of Northern Territory and hosts South Australia on Friday.
NSW 19s bounced back from their heartbreaking one-goal loss to Victoria yesterday with an eight-goal win over the ACT which came on the back of a very strong second half performance.
The ACT team were very good in the first half and really put NSW under pressure. Their reward was a five-goal lead at halftime, but it wasn’t long before NSW started to kick into gear and in the end they were too strong for their opponents, winning 32-24.
Unfortunately NSW couldn’t manage a second win in their other game for the day, going down 21-19 to Western Australia, who now sit one spot above them in third on the 19s ladder.
The clash with WA was marked by strong defence from both teams. The quarter time scores were locked at 5-5 and the halftime scores were locked at 8-8.
It was 15-15 at the final break but the Westerners just had enough to pip NSW in the last period by two.
However the good news for NSW is they only sit two points behind Victoria (1st), South Australia (2nd) and WA, who are all tied on six points.
NSW face South Australia tomorrow ahead of games with Queensland and Northern Territory on Friday.
NSW netball fans can get full results and table standings on Netball Australia’s dedicated webpage.