The NSW 19/U Team have finished the 2014 National Netball Championships in fifth place after overcoming Tasmania, 37-27, in their play-off match.
Once their chances of contesting Finals were over, Head Coach Briony Akle gave her side a goal of finishing the week-long tournament with back-to-back wins and says she’s proud of their efforts to finish on a high.
“We definitely finished the tournament on a high; it was great to get all our girls out there on court today and I think they made NSW proud … it took us a little while but we got there in the end with a good win,” Akle said.
“I don’t think it helped that we lost Alisha [Cairns] on Day One, in our first 10 minutes; I think it was hard for the girls to adjust to. But they pulled together and came together as a unit when it mattered towards the end of the week, so we’re happy.”
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Two long range goals to NSW early really set the tone for the opening quarter as the Blues pulled out to an early lead, with thanks to some dogged defence and accurate shooting. With both GS Natalie Eldridge and GA Lauren Yager having their eye in, as well as great teamwork from circle defenders Billie Gurr (GK) and Toni Anderson (GD), NSW took a six goal buffer into the first break, 12-6.
NSW were visibly pumped for the second quarter as the side looked to finish off the week-long tournament with a win. But TAS weren’t to be discourage staging a mini fight back to remain in touch on the scoreboard.
WD Madeline Woods was dogged in defence for NSW, with her long limbs getting tips to the ball to create the turnover. An injury timeout late to TAS in the quarter provided a short break, allowing Akle to bring on Courtney Richmond to WA.
Holding off a resurgent TAS, NSW were able to extend their advantage at the big break to eight goals, leading TAS 21-13.
Both sides made changes for the start of the second half, however it was TAS GS Ashlea Mawer who proved to have the biggest impact. The 186cm shooter helped TAS to five early goals to close the deficit on the scoreboard.
After returning to the court and receiving an early knock, NSW captain Tanisha Stanton steadied the ship. Using her experience to control the play, Stanton helped NSW further extend their lead at the final break, 30-21.
Nine goals down with 10 minutes left to play TAS threw everything they had at their opposition, but NSW wouldn’t take their foot off the pedal. Fresh on the court at WD, Zoe Gilbert provided some crucial tips to turn over possession to her teammates.
With a win to finish off the 2014 tournament, NSW won their fourth consecutive quarter to finish off the 40 minutes 10 goal victors over TAS.
Netball NSW medical staff have confirmed 19/U goal shooter Alisha Cairns has ruptured her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) after MRI scans revealed the full extent of the injury. Cairns will consult further medical advice upon her return to Sydney.
The action doesn’t stop here for NSW with our 17/U State Team contesting the Grand Final at 12:45pm AEST, coming up against hosts and defending Champions Victoria.
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NSW│ Q1: 12 – Q2: 21 (9) – Q3: 30 (9) – Q4: 37 (7)
TAS│ Q1: 6 – Q2: 13 (7) – Q3: 21 (8) – Q4: 27 (6)
NSW: 37/43 @ 86%
Natalie Eldridge: 22/27 @ 81%
Lauren Yager: 15/16 @ 94%
TAS: 27/39 @ 69%
Georgie Briggs: 10/12 @ 83%
Kate Archer: 7/10 @ 70%
Ashlea Mawer: 10/17 @ 59%
NSW│ GS Natalie Eldridge, GA Lauren Yager, WA Tanisha Stanton, C Charlotte Jasprizza, WD Madeline Woods, GD Toni Anderson, GK Billie Gurr
TAS│ GS Georgie Briggs (c), GA Kate Archer, WA Brooke Jones, C Madeline Stewart, WD Emily Sharp, GD Victoria Honner, GK Emily Miles
NSW│ Q2 Timeout – WA Courtney Richmond; Q3 – C Stanton, WD Zoe Gilbert; Q4 – C Woods, GK Sarah Kitcher.
TAS│ Q3 – GS Ashlea Mawer, GA Briggs, GK Gemma Evans.