The NSW 17/U Team have overcome hosts Victoria in a thrilling Round 6 contest, 34-25, at the 2014 National Netball Championships in Melbourne.
It was a classic NSW v VIC affair with plenty of spectacular intercepts, aerial acrobatics and intelligent play, with captain Amy Parmenter crediting the entire NSW outfit for getting the win.
“We were so ready to come out here tonight and prove ourselves after tying with Queensland this morning. I think we worked together as a team, which is one of our main assets, and that really got us over the line tonight,” Parmenter said.
“You’ve always got a bit of extra motivation when you come up against the VICs, but credit to them they gave us a great contest. I’m really proud of our team’s efforts – we will definitely sleep well tonight ready for tomorrow. We want to finish the round robin strongly, however we aren’t getting ahead of ourselves; we’ll stick to the basics, to our game plan, and just have fun.”
NSW got off to a great start through some great full-court defensive pressure, scoring four unanswered goals before the hosts called a timeout after four minutes of play having yet to score.
The ‘give & go’ tactic was a real feature for NSW, especially between midcourt pair Claire O’Brien (WA) and Parmenter (WD) who worked hard to bring the ball quickly down the court for the shooters to impact on the scoreboard.
NSW GK Lauren Moore did a fantastic job on VIC Jane Cook, giving away 14cm to the 198cm shooter. However she was aided by some great pressure out front, giving NSW a four goal lead at the first break; 8-4.
Once again NSW flew out of the blocks for the start of the quarter, putting up five unanswered goals to extend their lead. VIC were able to find the post through Cook however were down by eight goals when they called a timeout.
The short break gave the hosts an opportunity to make changes, one being moving GD Sharni Lambden to the wing with the 16-year-old immediately taking an intercept to give her side possession.
The break also seemed to disrupt NSW’s flow with VIC staging a mini comeback to narrow the deficit on the scoreboard. But as they’d shown previously, NSW finished strongly and despite being denied a goal by the buzzer took a seven goal buffer into half-time, 18-11.
VIC came out with purpose for the second half, momentum switching towards the hosts before some heroic aerial acrobats from NSW captain Parmenter to take not one, but two crucial intercepts, to turn around her team’s fortunes.
By halfway through the third quarter VIC called a timeout, trailing NSW by 10 goals, and looking to mix up their combinations to overcome NSW. And changes they made, switching all but GS Cook to break NSW’s dominance on the scoreboard.
The tactic worked with NSW taking time to adjust to the new combinations, however the resurgence wouldn’t last long as the Blues went back to patiently working the ball down court to find their shooters to further extend their lead at the final break, 27-17.
It was goal-for-goal during the opening minutes of the final quarter, VIC pushing hard while NSW continued to keep up the pressure. While VIC won the final quarter by one, it was NSW who took honours to post their fifth win of the tournament.
NSW will rest up tonight before hitting the court tomorrow, Thursday 10 April, for their final round robin match against the Australian Capital Territory at 9am AEST. Stay tuned to Netball NSW social media channels for live score updates throughout the match;
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NSW│ Q1: 8 – Q2: 18 (10) – Q3: 27 (9) – Q4: 34 (7)
VIC│ Q1: 4 – Q2: 11 (7) – Q3: 17 (6) – Q4: 25 (8)
NSW: 34/44 @ 77%
Prudence Ellis: 13/19 @ 68%
Kiera Austin: 21/25 @ 84%
VIC: 25/28 @ 89%
Jane Cook: 9/9 @ 100%
Rahni Samason: 10/17 @ 83%
Kailah-Mae Keepen: 6/7 @ 89%
NSW│ GS Prudence Ellis, GA Kiera Austin, WA Claire O’Brien, C Kristen Kessler, WD Amy Parmenter (c), GD Cassandra Radford, GK Lauren Moore
VIC│ GS Jane Cook, GA Rahni Samason, WA Libby Birch (c), C Tayla Honey, WD Casey Adamson, GD Sharni Lambden, GK Matilda Garrett
VIC│ Q2 Timeout – C Adamson, WD Lambden, GD Jacqueline Newton; Q3 Timeout – GA Kailah-Mae Keepen, WA Carly Harrison, C Birch, WD Adamson, GD Lambden, GK Newton; Q4 – GS Samason; Q4 Timeout – WA Honey.