Dominant day 3 for U19’s

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QUEENSLAND 52 def NORTHERN TERRITORY 11

By KRIS NEIL

Queensland continued its recent dominance of the U19 national championships with a 41-goal win over the Northern Territory.

The win cements Queensland’s spot in the top four with two matches left to play in the preliminary rounds.

The tournament’s leading goal scorer Cara Koenan put her skills on display in the first half, scoring 23 goals to bring her tally to 130.

Koenan’s first half spark was all Queensland needed to put the game firmly in their grasp, as they lead at all changes including a nine-goal lead at the quarter-time whistle.

The comfortable lead allowed Queensland to rest some of its key players, substituting off Koenan, Mahalia Cassidy and captain Hulita Haukinima in the second half.

The subs allowed the likes of Josephine Hungerford and Kristen Oxenford to work their way into the game, impressing with fantastic passing efficiency in the midcourt.

Northern Territory’s Maddy Balson showcased her fortitude, limiting the impact of Queensland’s shooters from goal defence in the second half.

Queensland shooting stats

Cara Koenan 23/24 (96%)
Ruby Paton 18/24 (75%)
Bianca Catellini 11/16 (69%)

Northern Territory shooting stats

Ashlee Singleton 4/6 (67%)
Sam Gooden 3/3 (100%)
Ruby Smith 3/6 (50%)
Megan Crawford 1/2 (50%)

 

QUEENSLAND 42 def NEW SOUTH WALES 22

By LAUREN BORDIN

The scoreboard was not an accurate indication of how entertaining Queensland’s 20-goal win over New South Wales was.

Two turnovers by Queensland early in the quarter and well placed passes by centre Mahalia Cassidy into the circle, allowed Queensland to score six goals before NSW got on the scoreboard.

Turnovers by Queensland kept coming and captain Hulita Haukinima intercepted the ball in NSW’s circle, continuing to drive hard in the mid court to help move the ball in a play that resulted in a Queensland goal.

Surprisingly at the end of the first quarter, Queensland led by a comfortable margin of 12 goals in what was expected to be a tight game.

Queensland continued with its momentum capitalising on a free pass against NSW goal attack Olivia Doyle to start the second quarter.

NSW refused to give up and tried to press the ball into its third.

However, Queensland’s defence was able to stop the ball from entering NSW’s attacking circle, with its pressure causing a held ball call.

Queensland forced errors from the Sky Blues and grew its lead to 20 goals at half-time.

In the third quarter NSW showed indications of starting a comeback through more effective entry into its goal circle.

Despite this, Queensland’s shooters Bianca Cattelini and Cara Koenen continued their solid work in the circle, as Queensland entered the final quarter with a 22-goal lead, the largest of the match.

With a sizeable lead Queensland decided to rest Cattelini and bring on Ruby Paton as goal attack in the fourth quarter.

NSW still continued to push and some good plays were evident in the final quarter. However Queensland’s pace throughout the court, assisted by Cassidy’s non stop run and drive, helped Queensland continue its consistent performance in a game it dominated.

Queensland shooting stats

Cara Koenen 37/42 (88%)
Bianca Cattelini 3/6 (50%)
Ruby Paton 2/3 (67%)

New South Wales shooting stats

Lauren Yager 13/13 (100%)
Natalie Eldridge 9/13 (69%)

 

Ladder after Round 6

Team

Pld

Won

Lost

Drawn

For

Against

Points

Victoria

6

6

0

0

213

143

12

Queensland

6

5

1

0

244

120

10

South Australia

6

4

2

0

199

166

8

Western Australia

6

3

3

0

204

171

6

New South Wales

6

2

4

0

167

196

4

Tasmania

6

2

4

0

145

196

4

Northern Territory

6

1

5

0

129

213

2

ACT

6

1

5

0

141

237

2