NSW fight hard in narrow loss to SA

South Australia has claimed a hard fought win over NSW 21/U team, 46-42, in their Round Three match of the 21/U National Netball Championships in Canberra. Read all the action from NSW three goal victory over WA and 11 goal win over ACT in yesterday’s first day of play. NSW flew out of the starting blocks for the start of the match, breaking two SA centre passes in a row to open with an early five goal lead. Through their ANZ Championship experienced players in Maddy Proud and Kate Shimmin, SA settled into the game to close the goal deficit. Despite the resurgence, NSW were able to hold onto a slim one goal lead into the first break, 11-10. Head Coach Maria Lynch made one change to her side for the second quarter, bringing Gemma Ferrington onto GK. SA evened the scoreboard early as the lead changed hands between the two teams during the opening minutes. An injury timeout saw Donnay van Taak come onto C, moving vice captain Sophie Halpin to WD. SA found momentum in the final few minutes of the quarter, starving NSW of possession while their shooters pushed their lead out to eight goals at half time; SA leading 24-16. NSW changes for the third quarter; Karli Ireland to GK, Ferrington to WD. SA continued to control the run of play, with Adelaide Thunderbirds defender Kate Shimmin stemming the influence of NSW GS Kristina Brice. The extra attention on Brice saw her captain and shooting partner Alix McDermott at GA take on more goal scoring responsibility with vigour. NSW were able to win the quarter, 15 goals to 12, to close the gap on the scoreboard to just five goals at the final break; SA leading 36-31. Both teams continued to contest a hard fought battle on court, with the scoreboard fluctuating as momentum switched between the two sides. In the end, SA were able to hold onto a four goal lead to claim victory over NSW, 46-42. Despite the loss, Maria Lynch was full of praise for her NSW charges. “[Despite losing] the score line is a positive [for us] … SA are a really well seasoned team, so it’s really exciting for us,” Lynch said. “It was great to get the girls out there and feel what the toughness and physicality of these games are like.” “Looking ahead to our match against Northern Territory, we will throw out new options but focus on finishing off … so it results in goals for us,” concluded Lynch. NSW now have a bye and will be back on court at ACT Netball Association tomorrow (Thursday 14 March) at 10.30am to take on Northern Territory in Round Five of the Nationals competition. Stay tuned to facebook.com/OfficialNetballNSW for quarter-by-quarter scores and photos, or join in the conversation at twitter.com/Netball_NSW or instagram.com/netballnsw. Quarter-by-Quarter Scores NSW Q1: 11 – Q2: 16 (5) – Q3: 31 (15) – Q4: 42 (11) SA Q1: 10 – Q2: 24 (14) – Q3: 36 (12) – Q4: 46 (10) Shooting Statistics NSW: 42/47 @ 89% Kristina Brice: 29/32 @ 91% Alix McDermott: 13/15 @ 87% SA: 46/63 @ 73% Cody Lange: 26/29 @ 90% Chelsea Lemke: 20/34 @ 59% Teams Starting Positions NSW GS Kristina Brice GA Alix McDermott (c) WA Taylah Davies C Sophie Halpin (vc) WD Katie Maguire GD Kristiana Manu’a GK Karli Ireland SA GS Cody Lange GA Chelsea Lemke WA Kelly Altmann C Maddy Proud (c) WD Kate Easther GD Amehlia Schmidt GK Kate Shimmin