The NSW 17/U Team have posted their fourth victory at the 2014 National Netball Championships by overcoming South Australia, 33-28, to remain undefeated, while the NSW 19/U Team fell short to hosts Victoria, 32-20, in Round 4 of the tournament.
The NSW 19/U Team flew out of the starting blocks, opening up an early 5-1 lead before VIC called a timeout. The break did the hosts well, who used the time to regather and slowly chip away at the deficit. Utilising their tall GS Emma Ryde-Coad VIC were able to equal the score at the first break.
Midcourt pair Charlotte Jasprizza and captain Tanisha Stanton continued their great combination from the previous game, working together to provide beautiful feeds into mobile shooting combo Olivia Doyle (GS) and Natalie Eldridge (GA).
Down back GK Billie Gurr had a challenge on her hands, giving away 12cm to her opposing shooter Ryde-Coad. However the 18-year-old did brilliantly to limit ball to the prolific shooter, aided by partner Toni Anderson at GD as well as Nationals debutant Madeline Woods at WD.
Despite their efforts the hosts were able to pull away to a handy nine goal lead at half time, 19-10.
NSW struggled to break the VIC defensive ‘box’ zone, a well-known tactic of Head Coach Nicole Richardson. However through captain Tanisha Stanton’s speed and experience, NSW worked the ball around the transverse line waiting to find a gap in VIC’s shield.
GS Olivia Doyle proved accurate under the post for NSW however the momentum was all with VIC who took a 13 goal advantage into the final 10 minutes.
VIC used the break to make wholesale changes to their side with their fresh legs taking some time to settle. NSW pounced on the opportunity to narrow the scoreboard however couldn’t put run of goals together. Despite some heroic play from the Blues, NSW simply ran out of time with VIC posting a 12 goal victory.
It was an intense and physical game from the first whistle of the 17/U contest with NSW and SA playing out a thriller in front of a vocal crowd. SA took an early ascendency, looking slick in attack with co-Captain Charlee Hodges standing out as an agile goal shooter. After initially trailing by four goals NSW slowly began to chip away at the scoreboard deficit.
Led by some fantastic play from captain Amy Parmenter at WD, including two crucial intercepts to win back possession, the intensity lifted as did the noise on and off the court. Backed by their older 19/U counterparts cheering from the stands, NSW staged a comeback led by GA Kiera Austin. With some inspirational play in the final minutes of the first half, Austin nailed two crucial goals to give her side a one goal advantage at the big break, 15-14.
It was tit-for-tat for the start of the second half however NSW continued to mount the pressure and by halfway through the third quarter had pulled out to a five goal lead. Players were throwing themselves at every contest as they tried to win possession for their side. Despite having the ball late in the quarter SA ran out of time to trail NSW by four goals at the break setting up an exciting final quarter.
Some beautiful patient feeding from midcourt pair Kristen Kessler (C) and Claire O’Brien (WA) gave plenty scoring opportunities to NSW in the final quarter, and combined with a terrific defensive effort from their back end, set up the five goal win.
Netball NSW medical staff have confirmed 17/U goal shooter Brooke Fennings has ruptured her left Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and has been withdrawn from the 2014 tournament. 19/U goal shooter Alisha Cairns is still awaiting results from scans to her knee to determine the full extent of her injury, however is unlikely to take the court for the remainder of the week.
Both NSW sides will enjoy a rest overnight before the 19/U State Team take the court tomorrow morning, Wednesday 9 April, to meet Western Australia at 9am AEST, while the 17/U State Team take on Queensland at 11:45am.
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NSW 17/U v SA
NSW│Q1: 7 – Q2: 15 (8) – Q3: 26 (11) – Q4: 33 (7)
SA│ Q1: 9 – Q2: 14 (5) – Q3: 22 (8) – Q4: 28 (6)
NSW: 33/46 @ 72%
Prudence Ellis: 12/21 @ 57%
Keira Austin: 21/25 @ 84%
SA: 28/35 @ 80%
Charlee Hodges: 20/24 @ 83%
Stephanie Sarro: 8/11 @ 73%
NSW│ GS Prudence Ellis, GA Kiera Austin, WA Claire O’Brien, C Kristen Kessler, WD Amy Parmenter (c), GD Kirra Jones, GK Lauren Moore
SA│ GS Charlee Hodges(co-c), GA Stephanie Sarro, WA Emily Hunter, C Hannah Petty (co-c), WD Georgia Brown, GD Rachel Weidemann, GK Sarah Raper
SA│ Q3 – GS Sarro, GA Hodges; Q4 – WD Amelia Basedow.
NSW 19/U v VIC
NSW│ Q1: 7 – Q2: 10 (3) – Q3: 15 (5) – Q4: 20 (5)
VIC│ Q1: 7 – Q2: 19 (12) – Q3: 28 (9) – Q4: 32 (4)
NSW: 20/32 @ 63%
Olivia Doyle: 17/22 @ 77%
Natalie Eldridge: 2/3 @ 67%
Lauren Yager: 4/7 @ 57%
VIC: 32/40 @ 80%
Emma Ryde-Coad: 14/16 @ 88%
Andrea Tai: 14/19 @ 84%
Katharine Dicker: 4/5 @ 80%
NSW│ GS Olivia Doyle, GA Natalie Eldridge, WA Tanisha Stanton (c), C Charlotte Jasprizza, WD Madeline Woods, GD Toni Anderson, GK Billie Gurr
VIC│ GS Emma Ryde-Coad, GA Andrea Tai, WA Lara Dunkley, C Molly Jovic (c), WD Emily Browne, GD Georgette Paatsch, GK Kate Eddy
NSW│ Q3 – GA Lauren Yager, C Woods, WD Zoe Gilbert.
VIC│ Q4 – GS Tai, GA Katharine Dicker, WA Emily Post, WD Eddy, GK Georgia Vines.