Tall WA take honours over NSW

The NSW 19/U Team has gone down to Western Australia, 46-24, in Round 5 of the 2014 National Netball Championships in Melbourne.

Head Coach Briony Akle says it’s obviously disappointing to be sitting with two wins and three losses so far in the tournament, but is pleased with some of the patches of play NSW has shown.

“We have definitely got some girls out there who are really trying their best and giving it all they’ve got for NSW.  We’ve done some really good patches of play but to win games we need to be consistent, so I’ll be looking for a full 40 minute effort from our girls for the remainder of our games,” Akle said.

“Billie Gurr did a really fantastic job against Lee-Jones today and for Sarah Kitcher to come out and perform the way she did with the limited Nationals experience she has was really encouraging.  I was really proud of Lauren Yager as well; she plays with a lot of heart which she tries to radiate that to the other girls, so hopefully we can see that throughout our entire NSW outfit this afternoon against Queensland.”

WA flew out of the blocks to an early 5-0 lead before NSW hit the scoreboard, aided by having 197cm GS Annika Lee-Jones in the circle.  Giving 12cm away to her opposing player, GK Billie Gurr did everything she could to limit the prolific shooter’s influence on the game however couldn’t stop the high ball from coming into the circle.

Despite some slick play between GA Lauren Yager and her captain Tanisha Stanton at WA, NSW trailed 15-5 at the first break.

Akle made changes to her line-up, one being to bring on Grafton product Sarah Kitcher to partner Gurr at GD.  With fresh legs on the court NSW began to stage a comeback, pushing WA in every contest.  However for every run of goals NSW put on the scoreboard, WA had an answer, enjoying a late surge in the quarter to extend their lead to 13 goals at half-time, 25-12.

Further changes were made to the NSW line-up for the start of the second half, including bringing speedy GA Natalie Eldridge onto partner Yager at GS. However WA’s hands over defence was uncompromising as they continued to mount the pressure on NSW feeders.

With Lee-Jones leading her side up front – including a goal after the buzzer – WA further extended their lead to 17 goals at the final break, 37-20.

Zoe Gilbert came onto WD for NSW for the final 10 minutes with her presence making an immediate impact in the defensive third.  With her long arms and closing speed, Gilbert and Jasprizza at C supported their circle defenders giving Gurr the opportunity to take some crucial intercepts.

Despite NSW keeping WA to their lowest scoring quarter, the West Aussies were able to finish the match to post a 22 goal victory.

NSW will take the court again today at 4pm AEST where they will meet Queensland in Round 6.  Stay tuned to Netball NSW social media channels for live score updates throughout the match;
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Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
NSW│ Q1: 5 – Q2: 12 (7) – Q3: 20 (8) – Q4: 24 (4)
WA│ Q1: 15 – Q2: 25 (10) – Q3: 37 (12) – Q4: 46 (9)

Shooting Statistics
NSW: 24/32 @ 75%
Olivia Doyle: 6/10 @ 60%
Lauren Yager: 15/17 @ 88%
Natalie Eldridge: 3/5 @ 60%

WA: 46/55 @ 84%
Annika Lee-Jones: 33/40 @ 82%
Kimberley Shepherd: 13/15 @ 87%

Starting Line-ups
NSW│ GS Olivia Doyle, GA Lauren Yager, WA Tanisha Stanton (c), C Charlotte Jasprizza, WD Madeline Woods, GD Toni Anderson, GK Billie Gurr

WA│ GS Annika Lee-Jones, GA Kimberley Shepherd, WA Rebecca Tuckey, C Jessica Anstiss, WD Teagan Phillips, GD Hinemoa Mehau, GK Nicole Lendich

Positional Changes
NSW│ Q2 – C Courtney Richmond, GD Sarah Kitcher; Q3 – GS Yager, GA Natalie Eldridge, WA Richmond, C Jasprizza; Q4 – WD Zoe Gilbert.