Playing their matches almost simultaneously, the 19/U side finished 16 goal victors with a 36-20 victory, while the 17/U side overcame a spirited Tassie team to take honours by 25 goals, 49-24.
In the 19/U contest it was a fairly even affair during the first half with NSW enjoying a slim three goal advantage at half-time. After letting NSW get out to an early lead, TAS regrouped and came back at their opposition. With some slick play in the attacking third to overcome the sound defensive pairing of Billie Gurr and Toni Anderson, who look more potent each time they take the court.
They were backed-up terrifically by midcourt pair Zoe Gilbert (WD) and Tanisha Stanton (C), with their hands over defence putting pressure on every TAS pass; however it was the second half that this tactic would really come into play.
With excellent discipline, NSW continued to mount the pressure over Tassie’s free running style of play. With NSW attackers also getting involved in the defensive hands-over tactic the pressure mounted on TAS, forcing errors for NSW to pounce.
2014 Nationals debutant Natalie Eldridge had a brilliant game under the post, standing and delivering with 20 goals to her name at 95 percent accuracy, partnered well by experienced campaigner Lauren Yager who contributed 16 goals to the final tally.
In the final quarter midcourt duo Stanton and Charlotte Jasprizza showed good understanding, combining well to provide possession to their shooters for NSW to take a comfortable 16 goal victory.
The NSW 17/U Team continue their good run at Nationals, claiming their third victory with a hard-earned win over TAS. After jumping out to an early 6-1 lead in the opening quarter, partially due to some great circle work from GS Prudence Ellis, TAS settled and were able to come back into the match.
There were a few early errors from both sides in the second quarter, taking a few minutes before NSW could hit the scoreboard first, setting up a tight tussle. Defensive duo Kirra Jones (GD) and Leanne Grevenitz (GK) combined well in the circle to limit the free movement of the Tassie shooters, however they were well supported by tall WD Lauren Moore who showed some terrific aerial acrobats to cut off the long pass into TAS attacking third.
With Claire O’Brien in great form, cutting through the TAS defence to set up the ‘give and go’ tactic, NSW shooters were able to take a nine goal buffer into half-time, 22-13.
It was their second half performance that really delivered the Moira Gaha-led 17/U State Team their victory, outscoring their opposition 27 goals to 11 in the remaining 20 minutes.
Crafty GA Keira Austin came on for Loren Singleton, who until then had partnered Ellis well to draw the defender to create space for her GS. Austin continued her fine form under the post, finishing the match with nine goals at 90 percent accuracy. O’Brien continued to cause headaches for the TAS defence, however it was the NSW defenders who really stepped up.
With Cassandra Radford entering the defensive circle it brought fresh legs to the NSW side, with the Sutherland Shire representative cutting off the pass to starve TAS shooters of possession.
Through a dogged defensive effort, combined with Ellis proving to be a reliable target for teammates in the circle, NSW were able to post a 25 goal victory to remain undefeated so far in the tournament.
The 17/U State Team will take the court again today at 4:15pm AEST to take on South Australia, while the 19/U State Team will meet hosts Victoria at 5:15pm for Round 4. Stay tuned to Netball NSW social media channels for live score updates throughout the games;
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NSW 17/U v TAS
NSW│ Q1: 10 – Q2: 22 (12) – Q3: 38 (16) – Q4: 49 (11)
TAS│ Q1: 5 – Q2: 13 (8) – Q3: 19 (6) – Q4: 24 (5)
NSW: 49/59 @ 83%
Prudence Ellis: 30/35 @ 86%
Loren Singleton: 10/14 @ 71%
Keira Austin: 9/10 @ 90%
TAS: 24/34 @ 71%
Natalie Ayesu: 7/11 @ 64%
Hannah Lee: 14/19 @ 74%
Hollie Moore: 3/4 @ 75%
NSW│ GS Prudence Ellis, GA Loren Singleton, WA Claire O’Brien, C Chelsea Bolton, WD Lauren Moore, GD Kirra Jones, GK Leanne Grevenitz
TAS│ GS Natalie Ayesu, GA Hannah Lee, WA Laura Negri, C Ashlee Campbell, WD Dana Lester, GD Nikki Miller, GK Kate Percy
NSW│ Q3 – GA Kiera Austin, WD Amy Parmenter (c), GD Moore, GK Cassandra Radford; Q4 – GS Singleton, WA Kristen Kessler, GD Radford, GK Grevenitz;
TAS│ Q3 – C Shelby Miller, WD Frances Di Carlo; Q3 Timeout – GD Emma Johns; Q4 – GS Lee, GA Hollie Moore, GD Deanna Wadley, GK Johns;
NSW 19/U v TAS
NSW│ Q1: 7 – Q2: 14 (7) – Q3: 24 (10) – Q4: 36 (12)
TAS│ Q1: 3 – Q2: 11 (8) – Q3: 16 (5) – Q4: 20 (4)
NSW: 36/46 @ 70%
Lauren Yager: 16/23 @ 70%
Natalie Eldridge: 20/21 @ 95%
TAS: 20/30 @ 67%
Georgie Briggs: 14/22 @ 64%
Kate Archer: 6/7 @ 86%
Stephanie Weichelt: 0/1 @ 0%
NSW│ GS Lauren Yager, GA Natalie Eldridge, WA Courtney Richmond, C Tanisha Stanton (c), WD Zoe Gilbert, GD Toni Anderson, GK Billie Gurr
TAS│ GS Georgie Briggs, GA Kate Archer, WA Brooke Jones, C Madeline Stewart, WD Maddison McDougall, GD Victoria Hanner, GK Emily Miles
NSW│ Q3 – GS Eldridge, GA Yager, WA Charlotte Jasprizza, WD Madeline Woods, GK Sarah Kitcher; Q4 – GD Gilbert; Q4 Timeout – WA Stanton, C Jasprizza.
TAS│ Q3 – GK Gemma Evans; Q4 – GA Stephanie Weichelt, C Emily Sharp, GD Evans, GK Emily Miles.