UPDATED: 1:00pm, Wednesday 15 April
NSW have finished with a win and draw to their 17/U and 19/U State Teams during Round 3 this morning at the 2015 National Netball Championships, with the NSW 17/U Team defeating Tasmania by 13 goals; earlier in the day NSW 19/U drew with Western Australia, 34-34.
17U Rd 3: NSW 31 d TAS 18
Head Coach Moira Gaha opted to give debutants Ricki McCray and Te-Arn Bradley their first taste of Nationals action when handing them the GS and WD bibs, respectively, to start against Tassie. NSW began with a flourish, putting up five unanswered goals to hit the lead early. 2014 Australian 17/U defender Kirra Jones was an early highlight, taking vial intercepts to gift her side possession.
Enjoying a five-goal advantage heading into the second quarter, some costly handling errors from NSW gave their opposition a sniff. However it took almost four minutes for Tassie to have an effect on the scoreboard, releasing the pressure off the Blues.
The home side responded with four consecutive goals off the back of some tight defensive pressure for circle combination GD Jones and co-Vice Captain Lauren Moore in GK. The result saw NSW double Tassie’s score at half-time.
Making her first changes for the match, Gaha swapped her shooters whilst bringing on Teigan O’Shannassy to GK. The position switches did little to disrupt NSW’s momentum as they continued to work the ball patiently for their shooters to capitalise on the scoreboard.
Following their best defensive quarter, NSW posted their best attacking result with 11 goals to further extend their lead over the Tasmanians.
Using her bench extensively Gaha brought on two more of her bench players – Demi Evans to GD and Veronika Jukic to GS. It was Tassie who started the final 10 minutes strongly by putting up consecutive goals, but it would be as much room as NSW would allow them as the Blues went on the record their third consecutive win and second-place sitting on the ladder.
NSW│ Q1: 9 – Q2: 15 (6) – Q3: 26 (11) – Q4: 31 (5)
TAS│ Q1: 4 – Q2: 7 (3) – Q3: 12 (5) – Q4: 18 (6)
NSW: 31/40 @ 78%
R. McCray: 12/14 @ 86%
T. Black: 4/5 @ 80%
TAS: 18/28 @ 64%
J. Becker: 6/9 @ 67%
H. Moore: 3/6 @ 50%
N. Shirley: 6/9 @ 67%
R. Terry: 3/4 @ 75%
NSW│ GS Ricki McCray, GA Tamara Black, WA Tayla Fraser, C Lili Gorman-Brown, WD Te-Arn Bradley, GD Kirra Jones, GK Lauren Moore (co-VC)
TAS│ GS Jordyn Becker, GA Hollie Moore, WA Maddie Jones, C Elise Barwick, WD Jordan Holloway-Clarke, GD Alex Vinen, GK Jemina Tomlin
NSW│ Q3 – GS Black, GA McCray, GK Teigan O’Shannassy; Q4 – GS Veronika Jukic, WA Black, GD Demi Evans.
TAS│ Q3 – GA Natasha Shirley, WD Frances Di Carlo (C), GD Emma Johns, GK Kaitlin Petrie; Q4 – GS Renee Terry, GD Petrie, GK Johns.
19U Rd 3: NSW 34 drew WA 34
The NSW 19U Team survived a second-half resurgence from a fired-up Western Australia, with Captain Kiera Austin finding the post in the dying seconds for the first draw of the 2015 19/U National Netball Championships.
NSW began the match by continuing their fired up determination from last night’s 17-goal win over Australian Capital Territory, quickly asserting their mark on the match by jumping out to a seven goal lead while WA took some time to settle. Halfway through the opening 10 minutes WA called a timeout to stem the flow of goals against them and hit the reset button.
The tactic worked with an equally fired up WA hitting back, stringing together consecutive goals to pull back the deficit to three goals at the first break.
WA continued their momentum by scoring the first goal, setting up an exciting and enticing second quarter which saw the teams trading goals. With NSW keeper Ashley Valeni again facing a challenge of giving away 14cm to her opponent Annika Lee-Jones, the 16-year-old relied on her midcourt teammates to put the pressure on the pass.
With WA using the circle height discrepancy to their advantage the visitors got within two goals; however the Blues didn’t panic, resorting back to doing the basics well to get back to a six goal buffer. With a goal in the last 20 seconds, with good hands-over pressure to prevent the long, high ball into WA circle, NSW were able to extend their advantage to seven goals at the big break.
Both coaches opted to make a raft of changes to their line-ups for the start of the second half, using their benches extensively to revitalise legs. NSW Head Coach Briony Akle swapped her shooters, whilst bringing on three players from the bench – Elyssa Pierce to WA, Olivia Lennon to C and Toni Anderson to GD.
WA’s new-look shooting combination of Sophie Garbin and Kimberley Shepherd really had an impact, with NSW struggling in particular to limit the influence of Garbin in the circle. Outscoring the Blues 10 goals to seven in the third quarter, WA were lively at the final break as they got back to within four goals to set up an exciting final 10 minutes.
Facing a big final quarter Akle made further changes to her line-up, bringing back on O’Brien and Radford to steady the ship; during a timeout 188cm GS Cristy Linaker came on to provide a tall target in circle.
It was frenetic stuff as WA got to within a goal with five minutes left on the clock, their bench and supporters loud in the stands urging their players on. With three minutes to play WA hit the lead for the first time, forcing NSW into chase mode.
Tensions were high as players threw themselves into every contest, however nothing could separate the two sides at the final whistles as the 2015 Nationals saw its first draw for the tournament.
NSW are back on court this afternoon to meet Tasmania at 4:00pm, while the 17/U State Team will contest their Round 3 match at 11:45am coming up against Tassie as well.
NSW│ Q1: 12 – Q2: 21 (9) – Q3: 28 (7) – Q4: 34 (6)
WA│ Q1: 9 – Q2: 14 (5) – Q3: 24 (10) – Q4: 34 (10)
NSW: 34/40 @ 85%
K. Austin: 24/27 @ 89%
E. Moore: 10/13 @ 77%
WA: 34/41 @ 83%
A. Lee-Jones: 11/15 @ 73%
S. Garbin: 19/21 @ 90%
K. Shepherd: 4/5 @ 80%
NSW│ GS Kiera Austin (C), GA Emily Moore, WA Claire O’Brien, C Elyssa Pierce, WD Amy Parmenter (VC), GD Cassandra Radford, GK Ashley Valeni
WA│ GS Annika Lee-Jones, GA Sophie Garbin, WA Jessica Anstiss (co-C), C Emily Smith, WD Phoebe Wilcox, GD Hinemoa Mehau, GK Nicole Lendich (co-C)
NSW│ Q3 – GS Moore, GA Austin, WA Pierce, C Olivia Lennon, GD Toni Anderson; Q4 – GS Austin, GA Moore, WA O’Brien, GD Radford, GK Anderson; Q4 Timeout – GS Cristy Linaker.
WA│ Q3 – GS Garbin, GA Kimberley Shepherd, WA Brittany Turnbull, C Anstiss, GD Natalie Bright, GK Lee-Jones.
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.