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NSW have finished Round 4 with a win and a loss with the 17/U State Team suffering their first loss of the 2015 National Netball Championships, going down to Victoria by 16 goals; meanwhile their 19/U counterparts got on top of Tasmania by nine goals earlier in the evening.
17U Rd 4: NSW 18 d by VIC 34
A big crowd turned up to watch the next chapter written in this fierce State rivalry, with NSW opening the scoring through Vice Captain Laura Towell. However the opening minutes belonged to VIC whose defensive pressure put a stranglehold on NSW’s transitional play.
With the trademark VIC zone forcing NSW into patience, the Blues found themselves on the back foot in chase mode. Despite this, the Blues were able to get back to within two goals through hard work. Yet it was short-lived as the VICs claimed the opening quarter by five goals.
NSW bucked the trend by scoring the first two goals before VIC found the answer through 192cm GS Danielle Phillips. Eastwood Ryde representative Veronika Jukic in particular had her eye in, giving the Blues a strong option the circle.
The hosts continued their dogged fightback with circle defenders Teigan O’Shannassy and co-Vice Captain Lauren Moore rising to the challenge of limiting the influence of Phillips, and soon had got back to within two goals. However costly possession losses in the Blues’ attacking third took the pressure off their opposition who slightly extended their lead at half-time.
Head Coach Moira Gaha used the break to make her first changes, bringing on Lili Gorman-Brown to C whilst moving her Captain Kristen Kessler to WA. While hoping to invigorate her side VIC were equally up to the challenge, dominating the contest to quickly pull out to a double-digit lead. The VIC defenders in particular did the job in shutting down NSW’s shooters, clogging up the free space while their midcourters put strong hands-over pressure on the pass.
NSW called a timeout with five minutes to play, trailing by 14 goals, and Gaha made wholesale changes to her attacking line; Tamara Black came onto GA, switching co-Vice Captain Laura Towell to GS while Gorman-Brown and Kessler switched to WA and C, respectively.
The changes lifted NSW however facing a large deficit, continued to VIC by 14 goals heading into the final 10 minutes.
Bringing on Demi Evans to WD for the final quarter, Gaha also reverting back to Gorman-Brown and Kessler C/WA combination. VIC made the hosts worked hard, but NSW never backed down from the contest. Try as they might the deficit was too large for NSW to chase, falling to their first defeat of the tournament by 16 goals.
NSW│ Q1: 6 – Q2: 9 (3) – Q3: 13 (4) – Q4: 18 (5)
VIC│ Q1: 11 – Q2: 17 (6) – Q3: 27 (10) – Q4: 34 (7)
NSW: 18/27 @ 67%
V. Jukic: 6/11 @ 55%
L. Towell: 10/12 @ 83%
T. Black: 2/4 @ 50%
VIC: 34/38 @ 89%
D. Phillips: 22/23 @ 96%
T. Samason: 6/9 @ 67%
B. O’Halloran: 6/6 @ 100%
NSW│ GS Veronika Jukic, GA Laura Towell (co-VC), WA Tayla Fraser, C Kristen Kessler (C), WD Kirra Jones, GD Lauren Moore (co-VC), GK Teigan O’Shannassy
VIC│ GS Danielle Phillips, GA Tahni Samason, WA Kate Kelly Oman, C Sharni Lambden (C), WD Major Hikuroa, GD Matilda Garrett, GK Mardi Cunningham
NSW│ Q3 – WA Kessler, C Lili Gorman-Brown; Q3 Timeout – GS Towell, GA Tamara Black, WA Gorman-Brown, C Kessler; Q4 – WA Kessler, C Gorman-Brown, WD Demi Evans; Q4 Timeout – GD O’Shannassy, GK Moore.
VIC│ Q3 – GA Bridget O’Halloran; Q4 – GK Brooke Allan
19U Rd 4: NSW 30 d TAS 21
The NSW 19/U Team finished strongly to post their second win of the 2015 National Netball Championships, defeating Tasmania 30-21 in Round 4.
The match began on equal footing with the teams trading goals before NSW were able to string together consecutive goals to hit the lead. This was in part to some dogged defensive pressure for circle duo Cassandra Radford and Ashley Valeni, who worked TAS shooters in tandem; featuring St George representative Natalie Eldridge in GS.
Yet despite their early dominance TAS weren’t to be deterred, working hard to create the turnover and capitalise on the scoreboard. The result – combined by some costly possession losses from NSW – saw the hosts take a marginal lead into the first break.
It took almost five minutes into the second quarter for a team to score, showcasing the intense defensive pressure both sides had adopted, with NSW Captain Kiera Austin doing the honours. Both sides doubled their tally during the second 10-minute period; Austin with her eye in, whilst her defensive teammates worked hard to shut down the free space in TAS attacking third.
Head Coach Briony Akle used the half-time break to make her first changes, bringing on Emily Moore to GA to partner with Austin at GS. The switch looked to reinvigorate the Blues who found their rhythm, moving the ball quickly and efficiently for their shooters to post their best attacking quarter to extend their scoreboard advantage.
This momentum continued with NSW pulling out to a 10-goal lead with five minutes to play; TAS working desperately to close the gap. However with their eagerness so too did costly errors begin slipping into their game, with the Blues all too happy to make their opponents pay on the scoreboard.
However as the clock ticked over the teams settled in a see-sawing battle and despite a TAS goal in the dying seconds, NSW were able to finish out the match to win by nine goals.
NSW│ Q1: 7 – Q2: 14 (7) – Q3: 23 (9) – Q4: 30 (7)
TAS│ Q1: 5 – Q2: 10 (5) – Q3: 15 (5) – Q4: 21 (6)
NSW: 30/40 @ 75%
T. Ryan: 4/6 @ 67%
K. Austin: 20/25 @ 80%
E. Moore: 6/9 @ 67%
TAS: 21/31 @ 68%
N. Eldridge: 18/26 @ 69%
D. Wadley: 1/2 @ 50%
H. Lee: 2/3 @ 67%
NSW│ GS Teegan Ryan, GA Kiera Austin (C), WA Madeline Woods, C Elyssa Pierce, WD Toni Anderson, GD Cassandra Radford, GK Ashley Valeni
TAS│ GS Natalie Eldridge, GA Deanna Wadley, WA Shelby Miller (co-C), C Dana Lester (co-C), WD Ashlee Campbell, GD Kayla Brown, GK Sarah Szczykulski
NSW│ Q3 – GS Austin, GA Emily Moore.
TAS│ Q2 Timeout – WA Brooke Jones; Q3 Timeout – WD S. Miller; Q4 – GA Hannah Lee, C Morgan Neasey.
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.