The NSW 21/U Team have grinded out a hard-fought nine goal victory, 54-45, over Queensland in Round 3 of the 2014 National Netball Championships in Adelaide.
Nothing could separate NSW and QLD in the opening quarter, with a goal on the buzzer to GS Kristina Brice giving NSW a slim one goal lead at the first break. Pressure from both teams was evident from the very first whistle, with QLD’s closing speedy providing a tight one-on-one defence while NSW’s hands-over forcing errors on the pass.
Head Coach Megan Simpson brought Lauren Cantwell onto WA for the second quarter, but it was QLD who were supercharged. A huge push from the Maroons saw them take an early five goal lead after just five minutes of play, with NSW WD Sophie Halpin calling a timeout.
Simpson made two further changes during the short break, moving Halpin to C to make room for NSW Swift Maddie Hay at WD to bring some experience to the midcourt. The switch paid dividends, giving the NSW a much needed push as they worked hard to grind through the tough QLD defence. With three minutes until half-time, and after some clever from NSW, the Waratahs hit the lead.
The ball bounced from end to end as NSW and QLD look to secure a substantial lead, with a goal on the buzzer giving QLD a slim one goal buffer at half-time, 25-24.
QLD made a raft of changes to their midcourt for the start of the second half, while NSW switched defensive duo Ireland and Manu’a to GD and GK, respectively. The changes did little to change the tone of the match with strong defence once again playing key to gaining momentum.
After QLD were able to get out to a handy two goal lead, timeout was called by NSW GA Claudia Russell saw speedy midcourter Taylah Davies come onto C and captain Amy Sommerville to GA. Their impact was felt immediately with an intercept to Davies resulting in a Sommerville goal in their first minute on court.
Soon NSW hit the front and stayed there, taking a three goal buffer over QLD into the final break, 39-36.
NSW picked up where they left off with a strong start to the final quarter, securing themselves a six goal buffer before QLD WA Cassidy called a timeout with just over 11 minutes left on the clock.
With their defence end working overtime to turn over possession, their midcourt patiently working the ball down the court, and shooters working in tandem to find the post, NSW were able to hold strong to post a hard-fought nine goal victory.
Watch the full NetballNSWTV interview with Amy Sommerville, plus game highlights below:
NSW are back on court for Round 4 tomorrow, Thursday 13 March, where they will meet hosts – and so far undefeated ladder leaders – South Australia at 12:30pm AEDST. Stay up-to-date with NSW’s progress at the 2014 21/U National Netball Championships by following us on Social Media:
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NSW│ Q1: 12 – Q2: 24 (12) – Q3: 39 (15) – Q4: 54 (15)
QLD│ Q1: 11 – Q2: 25 (14) – Q3: 36 (11) – Q4: 45 (9)
NSW: 55/67 @ 82%
Kristina Brice: 46/52 @ 89%
Claudia Russell: 5/9 @ 56%
Amy Sommerville: 4/6 @ 67%
QLD: 45/61 @ 74%
Jemmason Power: 25/33 @ 76%
Beryl Friday: 17/22 @ 77%
Claudia Jones: 3/6 @ 50%
Teams Starting Line-up
NSW│ GS Kristina Brice, GA Claudia Russell, WA Tiesha Ojeda, C Donnay Van Taak, WD Sophie Halpin, GD Kristiana Manu’a, GK Karli Ireland
QLD│ GS Jemmason Power, GS Beryl Friday (vc), WA Stephanie O’Brien, C Olivia O’Donnell, WD Madeline McAuliffe (c), GD Madeleine Walsh, GK Kate Dudley
NSW│ Q2 – WA Lauren Cantwell; Q2 Timeout – C Halpin, WD Maddie Hay; Q3 – GD Ireland, GK Manu’a; Q3 Timeout – GA Amy Sommerville (c), C Taylah Davies;
QLD│ Q3 – WA Mahilah Cassidy, C McAuliffe, WD Naomi Fitzpatrick; Q4 Timeout – GA Claudia Jones;