The Netball NSW (NNSW) Waratahs have bounced back in emphatic fashion to defeat Victorian Fury, 50-41, in their second contest of 2016 Australian Netball League (ANL) Round 3.
After going down to the defending champions last night by 16 goals, the NNSW Waratahs turned around their performance today, Sunday 15 May, at Hisense Arena to deliver the Fury their first loss since the 2012 ANL season.
“I’m so proud of NSW today; everyone did their job on court, so it was a real team performance to get the win,” NNSW Waratahs Captain Taylah Davies said.
“Obviously we were disappointed with last night’s result and we knew we had a better performance in us. It was a tough contest out on court against VIC, so I’m stoked we were able to hold the out to get a win back off them.
Davies said the NNSW Waratahs had confidence in their game after their second half performance last night, so it was integral they continued that form for today’s contest.
“We had a really good start today and I think that was the key… it gave us confidence for the remainder of the game; we knew what we needed to do to get the win, and we were able to execute that,” Davies said.
“We’ve got a bit of a break now so it will be important to ensure we continue to work hard at training and be back fresh for Round 7 against Western Sting,” Davies concluded.
After a slow start in yesterday’s match-up, the NNSW Waratahs came out firing at Hisense Arena for the start of the game. Trailing Fury by three goals early, NSW were able to turn momentum in their favour through some solid play. With their defensive line combining well, the visitors were able to turnover crucial possession which their shooter duly capitalised on.
With NSW enjoying a slim one-goal advantage for the start of the second quarter, Fury opted to bring on two of their taller shooters in Jane Cook (GS) and Sam Gooden (GA); however it was NSW who enjoyed the better of an attacking quarter.
NSW’s leadership duo of Taylah Davies (WA) and Maddie Hay (C) combined well to provide strong service to their shooters, which saw the visitors extend their lead by as many as six goals at one point. The defensive end also did well to contain the influence of tall shooting duo Cook and Gooden; the result seeing NSW extend their lead at the big break after outscoring their opponents by four goals.
Akle opted to make her first change by bringing on Sophie Halpin to WD for the start of the second half. The 22-year-old (who turns 23 tomorrow) slipped in seamlessly to the defensive end and continued to provide strong service to circle pair Jessica Calderara and Teigan O’Shannassy, who were proving to be a big thorn in the Fury’s side.
With their defensive end firing NSW’s shooters didn’t disappoint their service by ensuring the scoreboard kept ticking over. The result saw the visitors push out their lead to six goals at three quarter time, setting up an exciting final 15 minutes of play.
Tensions were high as the defending champions were determined to claw back the deficit, with NSW responding in gusto. With the defensive end again shutting down the free movement of the Fury’s attacking line, the NNSW Waratahs continued to find the post through Georgia Marshall and Vanessa Mullampy to set up a nine-goal win.
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NSW│ Q1: 12 – Q2: 26 (14) – Q3: 37 (11) – Q4: 50 (12)
VIC│ Q1: 11 – Q2: 21 (10) – Q3: 31 (10) – Q4: 41 (10)
NSW: 50/61 @ 82%
G. Marshall: 40/46 @ 87%
V. Mullampy: 10/15 @ 67%
VIC: 41/58 @ 71%
K. Thompson: 4/8 @ 50%
M. Vaughan: 17/25 @ 68%
J. Cook: 19/24 @ 7%
S. Gooden: 1/1 @ 100%
NSW│ GS Georgia Marshall, GA Vanessa Mullampy, WA Taylah Davies (C), C Maddie Hay, WD Amy Parmenter, GD Jessica Calderara, GK Teigan O’Shannassy
VIC│ GS Kate Thompson, GA Mikaela Vaughan, WA Ella Bayliss, C Tayla Honey, WD Lara Dunkley, GD Shannon Eagland, GK Fiona Themann (C)
NSW│ Q3 – WD Sophie Halpin; Q4 Timeout – WD Parmenter.
VIC│ Q2 – GS Jane Cook, GA Sam Gooden; Q2 Timeout – C Elle Bennetts; Q2 Timeout (2) – GA Vaughan.