The Netball NSW Waratahs are back on the winner’s list in emphatic form, defeating Territory Storm, 89-21, in their second appearance in Week 4 of the 2014 Australian Netball League (ANL) at Brisbane’s Ormiston College.
After suffering a heart-breaking double Extra Time loss last night to Queensland Fusion, Netball NSW Waratahs Head Coach Anita Keelan was happy with the way her charges bounced back against the Storm.
“I’m really happy with how the girls put last night’s disappointing loss behind them and got on with the job. They recovered really well, we were able to use all our bench and the changes were seamless. Really proud with their efforts tonight,” Keelan said.
“We’re two games down with another tough contest against the Western Sting tomorrow, so the job isn’t over yet. We’ve got a shorter turnaround so recovery will be really important, we will look at tonight’s game, and get ready for the Sting looking for back-to-back wins.”
It was the Storm who hit the lead first, with a intercept from their Captain Siobhan Sefton in the midcourt seeing the Territory open the scoring. But their advantage wouldn’t last long with NSW shooting combination Mel Tallent and Amy Sommerville finding touch early.
With five minutes to play in the opening quarter NSW had doubled the Storm’s score; the Territory side calling a timeout to stem the flow of goals against them. Despite the Storm scoring the first goal after the short break, the NNSW Waratahs held a commanding 10 goal advantage at the first break.
NSW came out raring for the second quarter, putting up four unanswered goals before an injury timeout halted play. The short break allowed saw changes to both sides – the Storm bringing on Billie Newton to C, while NSW shooters Sommerville and Tallent swapped bibs.
The defensive pressure displayed from the NNSW Waratahs throughout the court suffocated the Storm’s free movement and put doubt over every pass – particularly by NSW attacking players to keep the ball in their front end.
With the NNSW Waratahs putting together a solid 15 minute performance – putting up 22 goals while keeping their opposition to just four for the quarter – and extended their lead to a comfortable 28 goals, 40-12.
Keelan made three changes to her attacking line-up for the start of the second half, moving Tallent back out to GA while bringing on Kristina Brice and Leah Shoard to GS and WA, respectively. The changes did little to stem the momentum of NSW, with Brice’s 196cm height proving to be a handful for the Storm circle defenders.
By the time NSW’s Bryce called a timeout halfway through the quarter, the NNSW Waratahs had pulled out to a 34 goal advantage over the Storm. The short break allowed NSW to make another change, bringing on 2014 NSW Swift Maddie Hay to WD, moving Keenan back out to C.
While Brice’s height advantage gave NSW a boost, it was the hard work of circle defenders Willan and Styles that really stood out for the NNSW Waratahs; the blue team taking a 45 goal advantage into the final 15 minutes.
Another huge defensive quarter from the NSW side, keeping the Storm to just three goals in 15 minutes, saw the NNSW Waratahs claim a 68 goal victory giving them plenty of confidence heading into their final appearance for the weekend.
The NNSW Waratahs will be back for their final match of the weekend tomorrow, Sunday 27 July, to meet the Western Sting at 12pm; a team laden with ANZ Championship talent, including NSW junior Ashleigh Brazill.
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Quarter-by-Quarter Scores NNSW WARATAHS│ Q1: 18 – Q2: 40 (22) – Q3: 63 (23) – Q4: 89 (26) NT STORM│ Q1: 8 – Q2: 12 (4) – Q3: 18 (6) – Q4: 21 (3)
Shooting Statistics NNSW WARATAHS: 89/100 @ 89% Amy Sommerville: 28/30 @ 93% Melissa Tallent: 26/33 @ 79% Kristina Brice: 35/37 @ 95%
NT STORM: 21/41 @ 51% Katelyn Platten: 12/22 @ 55% Nicola Gray: 6/14 @ 43% Michelle Winch: 3/5 @ 60%
Teams Starting Positions NNSW WARATAHS│ GS Amy Sommerville, GA Melissa Tallent, WA Brooke Miller, C Emily Keenan (c), WD Kristiana Manu’a, GD Nicole Styles, GK Elly Willan
NT STORM│ GS Katelyn Platten, GA Nicola Gray, WA Rebecca Winch, C Siobhan Sefton (c), WD Jamie Collins, GD Emma Tickner, GK Maddy Balson
Positional Changes NNSW WARATAHS│ Q2 Timeout – GS Tallent, GA Sommerville; Q2 Timeout (2nd) – C Kaitlyn Bryce, WD Keenan; Q3 – GS Kristina Brice, GA Tallent, WA Leah Shoard; Q4 – GA Sommerville, GD Jessica Calderara.
NT STORM│ Q2 Timeout – C Billie Newton; Q3 – C Collins, WD Newton, GD Karli Foster, GK Blasom; Q4 – GS Michelle Winch, GD Tickner.