The NSW 21/U side has secured the National Championship title this afternoon, defeating Victoria 49 – 46 in an intense 60 minute battle.
Read the Official 21/U Championship Match Report HERE – courtesy of Netball Australia
The 2016 Waratah side will return the title and shield to NSW for the first time in four years, after their last 21/U championship victory in 2012.
Maria Lynch could not be more pleased with her side after what has been a determined and focussed campaign by the Waratahs.
“The match was just awesome…they (VIC) threw absolutely everything at us and I am so proud of how we responded. Our defense today was incredible and I mean, every area of the court. Our circle defences, the defence outside and then all the way down the court … we really worked hard”, said a jubilant Maria post game.
“I am so very pleased with how we played – our aerial style, our attack on the line of the ball…it was fabulous”.
“The whole campaign has been great. Not only our defence… but in attack too – and our shooters have finished off really well in games and we have had good (shooting) numbers across the week”.
“This is a wonderful feeling for the team and for NSW.”
Full championship wrap is available from Netball Australia – www.netball.com.au
Full Championship match statics are available via MyNetball
Special congratulations: MVP Double > Maddy Turner now has back to back MVP awards from the 21/U Championship after picking up the MVP again in 2016! Congratulations.
Finals Fast Facts;
The Last Meeting between NSW & VIC during tournament > After a one goal loss to the Victorians during their final round game of the championship, NSW were determined to turn the tables in the Final.
Head Coach Maria Lynch > Maria Lynch was head coach of the NSW 21/U side in 2012 when they last won the title. In 2012, NSW defeated SA for the championship title.
The Last Battle between NWC & VIC in the 21/U Championship GF> The last time NSW met Victoria was in 2011 final and NSW were again the victors on that occasion.
NSW shooting stats:
Kiera Austin 24/29 (83%)
Georgia Marshall 24/30 (80%)
Alison Miller 1/4 (25%)
Victoria shooting stats:
Jane Cook 34/35 (97%)
Andrea Tai 9/11 (82%)
Samantha Gooden 3/5 (60%)
In other Championship Results:
In 3 & 4 match – QUEENSLAND (54) defeated WESTERN AUSTRALIA (49)
in 5 & 6 match – SOUTH AUSTRALIA (74) defeated ACT (32)
TASMANIA – places 7th