UPDATED: 2:00pm, Thursday 16 April
NSW has opened Day 3 of the 2015 National Netball Championships with impressive back-to-back wins to its 17/U and 19/U State Teams. The NSW 17/U side bounced back from a loss to Victoria last night to post an emphatic 34-goal win over Northern Territory, whilst the 19/U team finished 12-goal victors over South Australia on the back of an impressive defensive effort from all players.
19U Rd 5: NSW 32 d SA 20
The sides looked set to trade goals, however two vital intercepts from GK Ashley Valeni turned the course to help NSW to an early lead. The result saw the Blues hold a five-goal advantage with SA calling a timeout halfway through the opening quarter.
The unscheduled break did little to interrupt NSW’s momentum who scored the next five consecutive goals to take a 10-goal advantage into the first break.
Following NSW’s outstanding defensive effort, SA made wholesale changes to their line-up – leaving not one player in the same position. The changes did well to invigorate the roster, however couldn’t do much to stem NSW’s confidence.
After their defensive teammates put on a show in the opening quarter, NSW attacking end showed they’re just as capable by taking some impressive intercepts of their own; however they were also guilty of some wayward passes which took some of the heat off SA.
Having found some rhythm SA won the second quarter by two goals to claw back the deficit; NSW leading by eight goals at half-time.
Head Coach Briony Akle made just one change at the big break, bringing on Elyssa Pierce to C who had an immediate impact by taking an intercept within the first minute. The result saw NSW claim the first two goals of the second half, and the hosts would go on to score five in total (to SA’s two goals) to extend their lead with a timeout called by SA after five minutes.
The unscheduled break allowed Akle to make another change, bringing on Madeline Woods to WA. The break also allowed SA to hit the rest button who came out firing. However NSW didn’t allow the resurgence to unsettle them, winning the quarter by three goals to stretch out their lead.
Whilst starting with the same seven, an SA timeout with six minutes to play allowed Akle to make two further changes; Emily Moore to GA and Olivia Lennon to WD. The tactic allowed the majority of Akle’s charges a taste against SA, who currently sit second on the ladder and look likely to feature in the Finals Series.
While SA threw everything at the contest they couldn’t catch the rampaging Blues outfit, with NSW going on to finish 12-goal victors.
NSW│ Q1: 12 – Q2: 18 (6) – Q3: 26 (8) – Q4: 32 (6)
SA│ Q1: 2 – Q2: 10 (8) – Q3: 15 (5) – Q4: 20 (5)
NSW: 32/43 @ 74%
C. Linaker: 21/27 @ 78%
K. Austin: 10/14 @ 71%
E. Moore: 1/2 @ 50%
SA: 20/29 @ 69%
C. Hodges: 8/13 @ 62%
S. Sarro: 9/13 69%
K. Williams: 3/3 @100%
NSW│ GS Cristy Linaker, GA Kiera Austin (C), WA Claire O’Brien, C Amy Parmenter (VC), WD Toni Anderson, GD Cassandra Radford, GK Ashley Valeni
SA │ GS Charlee Hodges, GA Stephanie Sarro, WA Ella Quinn, C Hannah Petty, WD Emily Burgess (C), GD Amelia Basedow, GK Sarah Raper
NSW│ Q3 – C Elyssa Pierce; Q3 Timeout – WA Madeline Woods; Q4 Timeout – GA Emily Moore, WD Olivia Lennon.
SA │ Q2 – GS Sarro, GA Hodges, WA Petty, C Burgess, WD Basedow, GD Raper, GK Lucy Armfield; Q4 – GS Kelsey Williams.
17U Rd 5: NSW 45 d NT 11
It was a scrappy start to the match but it didn’t take long for NSW to assert themselves on the contest, putting up four unanswered goals. However possession losses in the Blues’ attacking third gave NT the sniff they needed to stay in the contest.
While NSW had comfortably more possession, they couldn’t make it count on the scoreboard. Despite this the hosts held a four-goal lead over NT at the first break, and started to look more settled into the match.
NSW continued that settled momentum into the second quarter, outscoring their opposition five goals to one in the opening five minutes before NT called a timeout. This was aided by some terrific defending from the Blues, particularly from their circle combination of GK Teigan O’Shannassy and GD Kirra Jones, who provided critical possession gains through some impressive intercepts and deflections.
With WA Tayla Fraser providing strong drives into the attacking third, the NSW shooters made it count on the scoreboard to extend their lead, 19-5, at the big break.
Head Coach Moira Gaha made two changes to her side to add fresh legs to the outfit, bringing on Demi Evans and co-Vice Captain Laura Towell to C and GS, respectively, from the bench. The changes did little to interrupt NSW’s stranglehold on the contest who continued their strong defensive pressure whilst moving the ball patiently in attack.
The resulting effort saw the Blues further extend their lead, taking a comfortable 23-goal advantage into the final 10 minutes.
Giving Kristen Kessler her first taste of action, Gaha injected her Captain into the contest at WA, bringing back on Gorman-Brown to C whilst moving Evans to WD and Bradley to GK; a timeout halfway through the quarter Gaha brought on another player from the bench, Veronika Jukic to GS.
In the end despite the multiple changes and combination experiments, NSW were firmly in control of the match for much of the 40 minutes to post a dominant 34-goal victory.
The 17/U Team will be back on court at 4:15pm today, thursday 16 April, to take on as yet undefeated Queensland, whilst their 19/U counterparts are up next against South Australia at 12:45pm.
NSW│ Q1: 7 – Q2: 19 (12) – Q3: 31 (12) – Q4: 45 (14)
NT│ Q1: 3 – Q2: 5 (2) – Q3: 8 (3) – Q4: 11 (4)
NSW: 45/67 @ 67%
R. McCray: 23/30 @ 77%
T. Black: 8/15 @ 53%
L. Towell: 10/15 @ 67%
V. Jukic: 4/7 @ 57%
NT: 11/17 @ 65%
F. Cercarelli: 1/2 @ 50%
C. Murphy: 4/8 @ 50%
S. Gaynor: 2/3 @ 66%
C. Summers: 4/4 @ 100%
NSW│ GS Tamara Black, GA Ricki McCray, WA Tayla Fraser, C Lili Gorman-Brown, WD Te-Arn Bradley, GD Kirra Jones, GK Teigan O’Shannassy
NT │ GS Franjesca Cercarelli, GA Courtney Murphy (C), WA Ruby Farthing, C Elizabeth Paice, WD Romehael Rauruaa, GD Baylee Galbraith, GK Gabrielle Coffey
NSW│ Q3 – GS Laura Towell, C Demi Evans; Q4 – WA Kristen Kessler (C), C Gorman-Brown, WD Evans, GK Bradley; Q4 Timeout – GS Veronika Jukic, WD Jones, GD Evans.
NT│ Q2 – GS Gaynor; Q3 – GS Courtney Summers, C Darcy Ellison, GD Chelsea Hambour, GK Isabella Macdonald; Q4 – GA Sophie Gaynor, WA Paice.
Watch Australia’s finest young netballers in the 2015 17/U and 19/U National Netball Championships hosted by Netball NSW at Netball Central, Sydney Olympic Park, from 14-19 April 2015.
Each State and Territory will be represented at this year’s Championships, which features four days of round robin games, followed by Semi Finals and Finals on the last two days.
Tickets start from $10 for Children/Concessions and $15 for Adults, with Season Passes available for purchase to allow entry into the tournament every day, from Tuesday 14 to Sunday 19 April. But you better be quick; tickets are strictly limited to 800 spectators per session, so head to our Nationals Ticketing page for more information on securing your seat.