Waratahs stung in game two

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The Western Sting have secured their fifth win of the 2016 Australian Netball League season, with a 59-50 win over the Netball NSW Waratahs at Netball Central on Sunday 12 June.

The Western Australians bounced back well from their 63-60 defeat to NSW at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Saturday, to tie the teams’ weekend double header 1-1 with a mixture of swift movement and intensity which the hard-working Waratahs couldn’t match on the day.

Both teams got off to a good start in the opening five minutes with the sides tied at 4-4 in a fast and furious opening. The Sting, who were impressive in their defeat to the Waratahs in Newcastle, then went on a mini-run to rattle off four quick goals in succession and give themselves a little breathing space. The visitors were winning the early battle in the midcourt with some turnovers proving costly for NSW and quick play by the Sting saw them take a 17-9 lead to the first break.

The Western Australians kept their feet on the accelerator in the second quarter with some wonderful attacking netball which ensured a good supply of ball into Sting goal shooter Kaylia Stanton, who was rewarding her team for their efforts. The Waratahs were giving their all and goals from Keira Austin and Amy Sommerville were keeping them in touch. But NSW were made to work for every goal they scored as WA harried them with every possession and the visitors were rewarded with an 11-goal lead at the big break.

The Waratahs started the third quarter with more intent and some excellent movement in the midcourt was giving Austin and replacement goal shooter Alison Miller ample opportunity to reward Maddy Hay and Taylah Davies’ efforts.

In defence, Ashely Valeni, Jessica Calderara and Sophie Halpin also upped their intensity against the impressive Sting captain Lisa Millman and Stanton. The home team were back within eight goals of their opponents with five to go in the quarter and if they were going to haul them in it would be gradual as the Sting continued to mark well and keep the pace frenetic. The gap was six at the final break and the game was setup for an enthralling last quarter.

The teams went goal for goal at the start of the fourth and NSW tried desperately to go on a run that would put them in a position to strike for the win. There was no shortage of effort but the Sting were clinical and savvy in their role, and still had an eight-goal advantage midway through the period. Try as they did, the home side simply couldn’t bridge the gap which the Sting managed to maintain right through to the final whistle.

“We were very happy with our win in Newcastle last night,” Waratahs coach Briony Akle said after Sunday’s game.

“Obviously today was a much tougher game as the Sting had some of their Fever players on court but I’m pleased with the effort the girls put in.

“We are looking forward to getting on the road again and looking forward to our next challenge.”

The Waratahs next games are against the Southern Force in Adelaide on 18-19 June, while the Western Sting have the bye.

Quarter by Quarter scores 

NSW | Q1: 9 – Q2: 21 (11) – Q3: 38 (17) – Q4: 50 (12)

WA | Q1: 17 – Q2: 32 (15) –  Q3: 44 (12) –  Q4: 59 (15)

Starting Line-ups 

NSW│ GS Amy Sommerville, GA Vanessa Mullampy, WA Claire O’Brien, C Taylah Davies, WD Maddy Hay, GD Kara Styles, GK Ashley Valeni

WA │ GS Kaylia Stanton, GA Lisa Millman, WA Kate Beveridge, C Ingrid Cayes, WD Jessica Anstiss, GD Mia Spencer, GK Erena Mikaere

Shooting Stats 

NSW: 50/64 @ 78 %
A Sommerville: 10/13 @ 77%
V Mullampy: 3/4 @ 75%
K Austin: 24/29 @ 83 %
A Miller: 13/18 @ 72%

WA: 59/74 @ 80%
K Stanton: 44/56 @ 79%
L Millman: 10/11 @91%
A Neal: 5/7 @ 71%