Second half performance can’t save NSW from loss

Queensland have put on a commanding 40 minute performance to overcome a spirited NSW 19/U Team, 42-22, in Round 6 of the 2014 National Netball Championships.

The Maroons let their intentions know early by flying out to an early lead, which Head Coach Briony Akle said was the crutch of tonight’s loss.

“We were put on the back foot from the beginning.  Full credit to QLD, they were terrific tonight and their start really startled us; they put us into chase mode and that’s not where we wanted to be,” Akle said.

“But I’m really happy that we didn’t just sit back and let it happen.  The girls regathered and our second half performance was a lot more solid.  We’ve got one more round robin match tomorrow, so we will be looking at harnessing that last 20 minutes and putting it on court to finish strongly.”

Mistakes riddled NSW opening few minutes and QLD pounced, opening up an early six goal lead before NSW GS Lauren Yager called a timeout to stop the haemorrhage of goals. The break did the Blues well to settle the nerves as NSW regrouped, led by some sharp shooting from Yager.

But the opening quarter – like the match – belonged to the Maroons with their speedy ball movement catching out the NSW defence, pulling out to a 15-3 lead at first break.

Words can’t describe the effort NSW put into winning back the ball led – by their captain Tanisha Stanton and circle defenders Billie Gurr and Sarah Kitcher – who threw themselves into every contest to win back possession.

However all the momentum and luck was with QLD.  Their defence was impenetrable as NSW struggled to get the ball pass their attacking transverse line, while QLD’s quick ball play was catching the Blues defenders off guard.  By half-time the Maroons had pulled out to a 20 goal lead, 27-7.

Akle had already made seven changes to her line-up, but made three more for the second half as she looked for the combination to counter QLD’s dominance. The changes looked to make an impact with NSW finding the net first; however it wasn’t long until QLD had a quick reply.

It was NSW best quarter to date, featuring some terrific feeding from midcourter pair Charlotte Jasprizza (C) and Courtney Richmond (WA) to deliver great ball to their shooters, but QLD still managed to score more to further extend their lead to 22 goals at the final break, 36-14.

It seemed to be a new-look NSW outfit for the final quarter, with the Blues flying out of the blocks with some slick play and ball movement to score the first four answered goals.  Richmond in particular looked hungry, utilising her speed to cut through the QLD defence with quick ‘give & go’ passes to find the circle edge.

But the match belonged to QLD and despite NSW winning the final quarter by two goals, the Maroons finished 20 goal victors.

NSW will rest up tonight before hitting the court tomorrow, Thursday 10 April, for their final round robin match against the Northern Territory.  Stay tuned to Netball NSW social media channels for live score updates throughout the match;
Instagram @netballnsw – using the hashtags #19UNetball #GoNSW

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
NSW│ Q1: 3 – Q2: 7 (4) – Q3: 14 (7) – Q4: 22 (8)
QLD│ Q1: 15 – Q2: 27 (12) – Q3: 36 (9) – Q4: 42 (6)

Shooting Statistics
NSW: 22/26 @ 85%
Lauren Yager: 13/13 @ 100%
Olivia Doyle: 0/0
Natalie Eldridge: 9/13 @ 69%

QLD: 42/51 @ 82%
Cara Koenen: 37/42 @ 88%
Bianca Cattelini: 3/6 @ 50%
Ruby Paton: 2/3 @ 67%

Starting Line-ups
NSW│ GS Lauren Yager, GA Olivia Doyle, WA Tanisha Stanton (c), C Madeline Woods, WD Zoe Gilbert, GD Sarah Kitcher, GK Billie Gurr

QLD│ GS Cara Koenen, GA Bianca Cattelini, WA Dominique Scott, C Mahalia Cassidy, WD Kristen Oxenford, GD Hulita Haukinima (c), GK Leah Middleton

Positional Changes
NSW│ Q1 Timeout – GD Gurr, GK Kitcher; Q2 – GA Natalie Eldridge, WA Courtney Richmond, C Stanton, GD Kitcher, GK Gurr; Q3 – C Charlotte Jasprizza, WD Woods, GD Toni Anderson; Q4 Timeout – GK Kitcher.

QLD│ Q4 – GA Ruby Paton, WA Josephine Hungerford, GK Ashlee Unie.