The Netball NSW (NNSW) Waratahs have bounced back from last night’s defeat to the Western Sting by posting a dominant 65-33 win over Territory Storm to close their 2015 Australian Netball League (ANL) Week 3 action in Perth.
It was an impressive 60 minute display from the NSW outfit who made their intentions known early, quickly taking control of the match to force Storm into chase mode. Players stood up across the court to post a team win.
After turning around a 10-goal loss last night to a 32-goal win today, Head Coach Anita Keelan was understandably more positive with the team’s performance against the Storm; however warned there’s still plenty of hard work to do.
“I thought the team were a lot better today. We spoke after last night’s game about taking ownership of your own game, doing the basics well and doing your job,” Keelan said.
“I think there were some real patches of great play, but we still through away plenty of ball which isn’t good enough. Defensively we were really good, but when our defenders get a nice intercept our attackers have to repay them, but we were still seeing a lot of spray ball.
“Individually there were some great performances today; Kaity Bryce had a great game, so too Lauren Moore, and I thought Nikki Deegenaars was outstanding and really improved on yesterday. Krissi Brice was also such a target for us in the circle, so there’s some real positives to take.
“We’ve got one game left, so this week we will work hard to address those issues and get our combinations on song, and give everything in what could be our final appearance this season,” Keelan concluded.
An early deflection from young NSW defender Lauren Moore saw the NNSW Waratahs open the scoring through Kristina Brice, with the 196cm GS posting back-to-back goals to set the tone early.
Brimming with confidence, NSW showed composure as they worked the ball through the Storm’s midcourt zone – changing up their pace to find gaps for their shooters to capitalise. Along with Moore, stand-in Captain Nikki Deegenaars stood tall for NSW in defence with her closing speed cutting off Storm’s long ball through the midcourt.
NSW Swift Stephanie Wood was also on-song early, directing traffic in the NNSW Waratahs attacking end. Combined with her shooting partner Brice, the duo helped NSW to a 12-goal advantage at the first break.
The NNSW Waratahs kept their intensity going into the second 15 minutes, however were met by a revved up Storm who made their first changes at the break. Despite their opposition’s new-found enthusiasm, NSW were up to the challenge; putting their foot down to charge out to a 17-goal lead before NT called a timeout.
The unscheduled break gave the Storm another opportunity to change up their line, but did little to stem NSW’s control on the play. NSW defensive end was stifling, not giving the Storm an inch as the put pressure over every pass – at one stage turning over three consecutive passages of play for their shooters to capitalise.
The result saw NSW take a commanding 34-12 lead into the half-time break, with players across the court standing tall for the NNSW Waratahs.
Both coaches opted to make changes during the big break, with Keelan bringing on Kara Styles at GK to partner with her sister Nicole at GD, as well as replacement player Claire O’Brien coming onto WA whilst moving Kaitlyn Bryce to C.
Despite the changes, NSW continued with their quick transitional play with their speed of ball movement an impressive display for those watching at the State Netball Centre. The NNSW Waratahs continued to dominate match play and by halfway through the third quarter had pulled out to a 27-goal advantage.
Wood called a timeout, using the unscheduled break to be replaced by Kiera Austin at GA whilst replacement player Ashley Valeni came onto WD, giving both Wood and Deegenaars a well-deserved break after both leading from the front for NSW.
O’Brien slotted straight into the action, providing beautiful ball placement into GS Brice to keep the scoreboard ticking over. It saw NSW post their third consecutive 17-goal haul quarter to further extend their advantage into the final 15 minutes.
The NNSW Waratahs continued their dominance into the final quarter, not letting up their defensive pressure with the Styles sisters providing fantastic coverage down back to limit the influence of experienced Storm GS Joanne Morgan.
While the Storm never gave up their persistence, NSW were able to finish out the match to claim a 32-goal victory.
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NSW│ Q1: 17 – Q2: 34 (17) – Q3: 51 (17) – Q4: 65 (14)
NT│ Q1: 5 – Q2: 12 (7) – Q3: 24 (12) – Q4: 33 (9)
NSW: 65/76 @ 85%
K. Brice: 48/54 @ 89%
S. Wood: 13/16 @ 81%
K. Austin: 4/6 @ 67%
NT: 33/49 @ 67%
J. Morgan: 21/30 @ 70%
R. Winch: 1/2 @ 50%
M. Winch: 11/17 @ 67%
NSW│ GS Kristina Brice, GA Stephanie Wood, WA Kaitlyn Bryce, C Taylah Davies, WD Nikki Deegenaars (C), GD Nicole Styles, GK Lauren Moore
NT│ GS Joanne Morgan, GA Rebecca Winch, WA Gemma Henderson, C Lisa Roscarel, WD Tahlia Lee (C), GD Kate Eddy, GK Letisha Heintze
NSW│ Q3 – WA Claire O’Brien, C Bryce, GK Kara Styles; Q3 Timeout – GA Kiera Austin, WD Ashley Valeni.
NT│ Q2 – GA Michelle Winch, WA R. Winch; Q2 Timeout – C Lauren Ford; Q3 – WA Roscarel, WD Katelyn Henwood.