The Netball NSW Waratahs have succumbed to their second Australian Netball League defeat of the weekend to the Tasmanian Magpies, going down 50-49 at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on Sunday, 26 March.
Having lost the first of the teams’ weekend double-header on Saturday, the Waratahs were hoping to gain parity but fell just short in what was an end to end clash which could have gone either way.
Both teams got off to fast starts with NSW Waratahs GS Mikaela Vaughan opening the scoring with two goals in the first minute of play. Not to be outdone, the Magpies came out attacking and by the end of the first quarter the score was level at 14-14.
The contest remained a tight one in the second quarter with the teams producing some fine passages of play, however, both were also guilty of coughing possession up at key times too. But it was the visitors, who had Alice Teague-Neeld and Samantha Gooden in the shooting circle, who found a little bit more cutting edge in the period to take a three-goal lead to halftime.
The visitors came out with purpose again in the third quarter with Gooden putting in a very impressive shift in the circle and converting well. The Waratahs brought on Emma Ticker to GD and Tayla Fraser to Centre to try and stem the tide but the Magpies had a nine-goal midway through the period.
The hosts would not be easily swept aside, however, and better midcourt work – coupled with the experience of Amy Sommerville in attack – had the Waratahs back within four which remained the gap at the final break.
They carried that momentum into the fourth quarter and were just two goals in arrears before long. The teams traded scores for a few minutes before the Tasmanians started to edge out to a four-goal lead again. The Waratahs were getting to within two often but finding it hard get closer than that.
That changed in the final five minutes as they pushed forward with intent, showing grit in the face of big physical pressure. With one minute to play there was only one between the sides and the game was on a knife-edge but when Gooden goaled with 20 seconds left it was enough to seal the deal for the visitors.
WARATAHS: Q1: 14 – Q2: 25 (11) – Q3: 38 (13) – Q4: 49 (11)
MAGPIES: Q1: 14 – Q2: 28 (14) – Q3: 42 (14) – Q4: 50 (8)
WARATAHS: GS: Mikaela Vaughan, GA: Amy Sommerville, WA: Claire O’Brien, C: Lili Gorman–Brown, WD: Sophie Halpin, GD: Lauren Moore, GK: Hayley Mulheron.
MAGPIES: GS: Samantha Gooden, GA: Alice Teague-Neeld, WA: Danielle Stewart, C: Shae Brown, WD: Sharnie Lambden, GD: Micala Wilson, GK: Matilda Garrett.
WARATAHS: Q3 Emma Tickner to GD, Tayla Fraser to C. Q4 Lauren Moore to GD, Alison Miller to GS
WARATAHS: 49/69 @ 71%
M. Vaughan: 26/38 @ 68%
A. Sommerville: 18/24 @ 75%
A. Miller: 5/7 @ 71%
MAGPIES: 50/64 @ 78%
S. Gooden: 34/39 @ 87%
A. Teague-Neeld: 16/25 @ 64%