NSW will contest the final regular round of the 2015 17/U and 19/U National Netball Championships tomorrow, Friday 17 April, looking to solidify its spot in the top four of both age-groups.
Both the 17/U and 19/U State Teams head into Round 7 on the back of impressive performances on Day 3, finishing with three wins and a draw; the NSW 17/U side dominated Northern Territory in Round 5 before playing out an exciting match that ended in a draw against Queensland. Meanwhile the 19/U team finished Day 3 undefeated with wins against South Australia.
Both State Teams will return to the court tomorrow, Friday 17 April, to contest the final regular round – 17/U side takes on Australian Capital Territory at 11:30am, before the 19/U team meets Queensland at 1:30pm.
19U Rd 6: NSW 40 d NT 17
The match started with a flourish as NSW quickly stamped their authority on play, hitting an early lead through some tight defence. Head Coach Briony Akle opted to start with her rookie defenders against NT imports/NSW juniors Sarah Kitcher (GD) and Prudence Ellis (GK), with the shooting combination not missing a beat.
With both ends firing NSW took a comfortable seven goal buffer into the first break.
Whilst scrappy at times, the second quarter was a mostly even affair as NT settled into the game and Akle provided her new combinations an opportunity to gel. While NSW continued their momentum into the first five minutes, NT pushed hard closing in on half-time to claw back the deficit.
Outscoring their opposition 10 goals to six, NT went into the big break trailing NSW by three.
Akle made her first changes for the match by bringing on two players from the bench – Ashley Valeni to GK and Madeline Woods to WD, moving Vice Captain Amy Parmenter to C. The changes did little to stem NSW’s grasp on the game as they kept their opposition starved of possession to have little impact on the scoreboard.
Whilst NSW put up a modest seven goals for the quarter, an amazing defensive effort from the Blues saw NT kept goal-less for the entire 10 minutes, resulting in a 10-goal buffer to NSW heading into the final 10 minutes.
Captain Kiera Austin was injected into the match for the final quarter and immediately made her presence felt, running the baseline to provide a mobile target in the circle. In the end NSW were too slick, running out to a 23-goal victory to solidify their spot in the Top Four.
NSW│ Q1: 11 – Q2: 17 (6) – Q3: 24 (7) – Q4: 40 (16)
NT│ Q1: 4 – Q2: 14 (10) – Q3: 14 (0) – Q4: 17 (3)
NSW: 40/50 @ 80%
E. Moore: 9/10 @ 90%
T. Ryan: 21/29 @ 72%
K. Austin: 10/11 @ 91%
NT: 17/22 @ 77%
T. Dack: 10/13 @ 77%
R. Winch: 5/5 @ 100%
L. Yager: 2/4 @ 50%
NSW│ GS Emily Moore, GA Teegan Ryan, WA Claire O’Brien, C Olivia Lennon, WD Amy Parmenter (VC), GD Toni Anderson, GK Cassandra Radford
NT │ GS Tasha Dack, GA Rebecca Winch (C), WA Gemma Henderson, C Billie Newton, WD Bethany Fry, GD Sarah Kitcher, GK Prudence Ellis
NSW│ Q3 – C Parmenter, WD Madeline Woods, GK Ashley Valeni; Q4 – GS Kiera Austin (C).
NT │ Q2 – C Lisa Roscarel; Q3 – GA Lauren Yager, C Newton.
17U Rd 6: NSW 28 drew QLD 28
The NSW 17/U Team have closed their Day 3 action with an intense encounter with Queensland, with nothing separating the two sides after the final whistle to post the first draw of the 2015 17/U National Netball Championships.
It was a strong start from NSW in a tight one-on-one battle, opening out to a 5-1 lead after five minutes. Speed was a highlight from both sides as they looked to move the ball quickly down the court, whilst also transitioning into defence in a switch.
Featuring some physical encounters, players threw themselves at every contest trying to win possession for their side. QLD were able to find the post in the dying seconds to get back within three goals at the first break.
Continuing their momentum QLD came out firing for the second quarter, finding the equaliser after three minutes of play. This led to the sides being locked in a see-sawing trend as they traded goals; spectators in full voice cheering their players on.
With nothing separating the side it took co-Vice Captain Laura Towell to nail a long-range bomb in the dying seconds for NSW to take a one goal buffer into the half-time break.
Both coaches opted to make their first changes for the match, with NSW Moira Gaha bringing on Demi Evans to WD. NSW benefitted from early possession gains to find a small buffer over QLD, however it was short lived as their opposition pushed back, evening scores once more five minutes into third quarter.
NSW were able to string together unanswered goals to take a small but handy three goal lead, however once again QLD chased it down to get back within one at the final break.
Playing out much like the previous three quarters, the last 10 minutes was an exhilarating finale as the teams threw everything into claiming the two points. Just as NSW found a little space, QLD would chase them back down.
In the end – despite chances for both sides to take the lead – nothing could separate NSW and QLD at the final whistle, posting the first drawn result at the 2015 17/U National Netball Championships.
NSW 17/U will be back on court at 11:30am tomorrow, Friday 17 April, to meet Australian Capital Territory in the final regular round of the tournament looking to solidify their position in the top four looking ahead at the Finals Series.
Next up the NSW 19/U Team will meet Northern Territory at 6:30pm for their Round 6 encounter.
NSW│ Q1: 7 – Q2: 13 (6) – Q3: 22 (9) – Q4: 28 (6)
QLD│ Q1: 4 – Q2: 12 (8) – Q3: 21 (9) – Q4: 28 (7)
NSW: 28/35 @ 80%
V. Jukic: 18/24 @ 75%
L. Towell: 10/11 @ 91%
QLD: 28/42 @ 67%
B. Hunt: 14/23 @ 61%
A. Baker: 14/19 @ 74%
NSW│ GS Veronika Jukic, GA Laura Towell (co-VC), WA Kristen Kessler (C), C Tayla Fraser, WD Kirra Jones, GD Lauren Moore (co-VC), GK Teigan O’Shannassy
QLD │ GS Binnian Hunt, GA Alexia Baker, WA Jada Gafa, C Claudia Fitzpatrick, WD Annabella Sorby, GD Kimberley Jenner, GK Tara Hinchcliffe (C)
NSW│ Q3 – WD Demi Evans.
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.
QLD│ Q3 – WD Maddison Hinchcliffe, GD T. Hinchcliffe, GK Jenner; Q4 – GD Jenner, GK T. Hinchcliffe.