Waratahs big winners over Force

The Netball NSW Waratahs kept their Finals aspirations alive with a comprehensive 18-goal away win over the Southern Force in week six of the 2014 ANL in Adelaide.

There was a lot riding on the result of this game, with both sides sitting on six points apiece and occupying fourth and fifth spots on the ladder.

Coming off a Bye weekend, the Netball NSW Waratahs looked refreshed and focused, wasting little time in making a statement of intent with a huge 23-8 opening quarter.

The Force went to the bench midway through the first quarter and again in the second, and while the home side won the second and third quarters by two and one goals respectively, the NNSW Waratahs lifted a gear to score 19-goals to 13 in the final term to claim the victory.

“We got out of the blocks early and had a great start,” surmised NNSW Waratahs’ Head Coach Anita Keelan.

“Maddie Hay pulled off five intercepts in the first quarter, so it was a really exciting start and we had really good connections in the attack end, making them (the Force) pay in the first quarter.”

“The second and third quarters were really even, they made some changes which worked for them. But the difference this week (as opposed to week four in Brisbane) is we fronted up, and we didn’t panic when they came back at us,” explained Keelan.

Pleasingly so, the foundation for Sunday’s win was the excellent full-court defensive effort by the entire team.

“Everyone from Krissy (Brice) down defended super well, which was an area we have worked on over the past two weeks since Brisbane,” Keelan said.

“It was very much about everyone’s defensive effort and it paid dividends for us today.”

The NNSW Waratahs shooting pairing of Kristina Brice (46/47 @ 98%) and Leah Shoard (21/24 @ 88%) were magnificent, finishing the game with 95% accuracy – a season high for the team.

“They were both really on strike, but nothing came easy regardless of the score, so hats off to the attackers.”

“Leah was my man of the match, she was fantastic. Classy, setting up good plays, letting the balls go to Krissy who was marked heavily, but hung tough and also shot very well,” concluded Keelan.

The NNSW Waratahs still have three games left in their campaign, starting this Wednesday, 13 August, when they take on the young but hugely talented NNSW Blues at the Anne Clark Centre in the NNSW Derby.

Make sure you come down to cheer on your mighty NSW sides when they go head-to-head, showcasing the best NSW netballing talent!

Tickets start from $3, with Family Passes available for purchase at the door.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores

SOUTHERN FORCE│ Q1: 8 – Q2: 21 (13) – Q3: 36 (15) – Q4: 49 (13)
NNSW WARATAHS│ Q1: 23 – Q2: 34 (11) – Q3: 48 (14) – Q4: 67 (19)

Shooting Statistics
SOUTHERN FORCE: 49/60 @ 82%
Cody Lange: 20/26 @ 77%
Laura Packard: 5/6 @ 84%
Georgie Virgo: 24/28 @ 86%

NNSW WARATAHS: 67/71 @ 95%
Kristina Brice: 46/47 @ 98%
Leah Shoard: 21/24 @ 88%

Starting Line-ups
SOUTHERN FORCE │ GS Cody Lange, GA Laura Packard, WA Kelly Altmann, C Hannah Petty, WD Georgia Beaton, GD Luka Thompson, GK Samantha Poolman
NNSW WARATAHS│ GS Kristina Brice, GA Leah Shoard, WA Kaitlyn Bryce, C Emily Keenan (c), WD Maddie Hay, GD Kristiana Manu’a, GK Nicole Styles

Positional Changes
SOUTHERN FORCE│ Q1 – GS Georgie Virgo GA Cody Lange, C Sheree Wingard, GD Maddy Turner; Q2 – WA Sheree Wingard, C Hannah Petty, GK Sarah Klau; Q4 – WA Hannah Petty C Kelly Altmann, WD Luka Thompson
NNSW WARATAHS l Q2 – WA Brooke Miller