Netball NSW Waratahs take honours in NSW Derby

The Netball NSW (NNSW) Waratahs have taken victory in the NSW Derby at the Anne Clark Centre, defeating the Netball NSW (NNSW) Blues by 17 goals to close Week 4 of the 2013 Australian Netball League (ANL).

NNSW Waratahs Captain Samantha May said it was great to get a win over their young counterparts.

“It’s always a good battle with the NNSW Blues; they’re a young side and looking to step up against us, and they definitely did that tonight,” May said.

“We did some great things tonight – we had urgency, we backed each other up, and our defensive pressure across the court was great.  We still have a long way to go in maintaining those factors for the full 60 minutes, and will need to do that this weekend when we meet the Western Sting and Canberra Darters in Canberra. “

Shooter Alix McDermott opened the score for the NNSW Waratahs after the ball bounced between both attacking ends during the opening four minutes.  However it took the NNSW Blues just 30 seconds to answer though, setting the tone for a tight see-sawing match.

Through their tough blanket defence and fast moving transitions, the NNSW Waratahs were able to pull out to a handy six goal lead halfway through the opening quarter.  But the young NSW Blues worked overtime – chasing down lose balls and combining well – to close the gap to just two with four minutes on the clock.

But by using their speed to capitalise on every possession, the NNSW Waratahs were able to take a five goal lead at the first break, 13-8.

The NNSW Blues shooting partnership of Vice Captain Vanessa Mullampy at GS and Holly Pearce at GA combined well as they worked the circle defenders at every opportunity.  Soon the NNSW Blues were able to narrow the deficit to three goals.

The on-court battle between 2013 NSW Swifts Ashlee Weir and 2013 ANL debutant Georgia M. Marshall proved an entertaining affair with Weir’s experience at WD being tested by the speed of Marshall at WA.

With their midcourt standing strong against a defiant NNSW Blues outfit, the NNSW Waratahs were able to win their second consecutive quarter to extend their lead at the big break, 26-18.

Both teams made changes for the start of the second half, yet little changed to the flow of the match as both NSW sides picked up from where they left off and continued to trade goals.

NNSW Blues keeper Nicole Styles stood tall for her side, taking three vital intercepts to keep her side in touch with the fast-paced NNSW Waratahs.  However nothing could separate the two sides during the third quarter with both scoring 11 goals apiece for the NNSW Waratahs to hold onto their eight goal lead at the final break, 37-29.

The pace of the match began to take its toll on the young NNSW Blues in the final quarter, as the relentless defensive pressure from the NNSW Waratahs put pressure on every pass, run into space, and shot at goal.

In the end despite the NNSW Blues pushing their more experienced counterparts across the court, the NNSW Waratahs put on a dominant final quarter to post a 17 goal victory, 53-36.

Both the NNSW Blues and NNSW Waratahs will travel to Canberra this weekend to contest Week 5 of the ANL.  The NNSW Blues will open the weekend when they take on Queensland Fusion at 3.00pm on Friday 2 August, before the NNSW Waratahs meet Western Sting the following day, Saturday 3 August, also at 3.00pm.

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Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
NNSW WARATAHS Q1: 13 – Q2: 26 (13) – Q3: 37 (11) – Q4: 53 (15)
NNSW BLUES Q1: 8 – Q2: 18 (10) – Q3: 29 (11) – Q4: 36 (7)

Shooting Statistics
NNSW WARATAHS: 53/62 @ 84%
Alix McDermott: 16/20 @ 80%
Leah Shoard: 26/30 @ 87%
Claudia Russell: 11/12 @ 92%

NNSW BLUES: 36/53 @ 68%
Vanessa Mullampy: 5/11 @ 45%
Holly Pearce: 24/34 @ 71%
Lauren Yager: 6/7 @ 86%
Stephanie MacGougan: 1/1 @ 100%

Teams Starting Positions
NNSW WARATAHS: GS Alix McDermott, GA Leah Shoard, WA Taylah Davies, C Kristy Guthrie (vc), WD Ashlee Weir, GD Samantha May (c), GK Elly Willan

NNSW BLUES: GS Vanessa Mullampy (vc), GA Holly Pearce, WA Georgia M. Marshall, C Sophie Halpin, WD Katie Maguire, GD Jessica Calderara (c), GK Nicole Styles

Positional Changes
Q3 – C Weir, WD Nadja Kundrus-Little, GK Madeleine Smith; Q3 Timeout – GS Claudia Russell; Q4 – WD May, GD Kristiana Manu’a.

Q3 – GS Pearce, GA Lauren Yager, C Tanisha Stanton, WD Madeline Hay; Q4 – WA Stanton, C Halpin; Q4 Timeout – GK Kara Styles; Q4 Timeout (2) – GA Stephanie MacGougan.