Mixed day 3 for U17’s

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QUEENSLAND 30 drew with NEW SOUTH WALES 30

By ROMY JOENG

Queensland and New South Wales fought out the first draw of this year’s national championships with the Sky Blues overcoming a slow opening term to share the points.

Queensland got off to a great start, scoring the first three goals of the match with Abigail Latu-Meafou and Binnian Hunt working well to gain a seven-goal lead over NSW at quarter-time.

The Sky Blues struggled to move the ball throughout the opening term because of Queensland’s high defensive pressure. But NSW turned the game around in the second term, quickly reducing the deficit in the first couple of minutes.

Both teams made changes with NSW bringing on Amy Parmenter in the wing defence position, Kiera Austin at goal attack, Lauren Moore moved to goal keeper and Cassandra Radford moved to goal defence.

Moore was very effective pulling in great rebounds and intercepts as NSW fought back to within two goals at half-time.

Queensland made line-up changes at the main break bringing on Alexia Baker into goal attack and moving Lenora Misa to goal keeper, allowing Annabella Sorby into goal defence.

Queensland’s new defensive team worked well but NSW had managed to sneak in front half-way through the third term.

But Queensland wrestled the lead back and went into the final term leading 24-23.

In a tense final term, the intensity increased with supporters of both states getting vocal.

With a minute remaining NSW trailed by one goal but in the dying seconds, Kiera Austin scored a goal to draw the match.

Queensland shooting stats

Abigail Latu-Meafou 21/22 (95%)
Binnian Hunt 6/7 (86%)
Alexia Baker 3/5 (60%)
New South Wales shooting stats

Prudence Ellis 17/22 (78%)
Kiera Austin 12/17 (71%)
Loren Singleton 1/3 (34%)

 

QUEENSLAND 39 def ACT 27

By MICAH DI MUZIO

Queensland heads into the final day of the national championships assured of a major semi-final finish after holding out a determined ACT.

The opening few minutes of the game saw both teams looked to keep in touch with one another. The enthusiastic Queensland supporters were right behind their team, constantly urging and encouraging them forward.

But it was a tense affair, with the scores locked at 9-all at quarter-time.

The centres from both sides were working tremendously hard to support their team – and some of the flowing netball on display was a joy to watch.

Alexia Baker was a stand-out for Queensland as she constantly found herself in positive positions. It was due to her impressive shooting that Queensland found themselves slightly in front at the main interval 19-16.

The third quarter began and Queensland’s coach Amanda Vanderwal was highly vocal as she recognised how critical this game was for her team.

Eventually, Queensland managed to breakaway from the stoic ACT side. However, Alana Bowyer was close to best-on-court as she defended her goals gallantly. Queensland went into the final change leading by six goals.

ACT’s support staff knew that this game was still well and truly up for grabs and the underdogs were proving worthy opponents for this robust Queensland side.

Nonetheless, it was a great team performance from Queensland, were everyone contributed equally to their cause.

Queensland ran out 39-27 winners and still find themselves undefeated in the competition with a big match against Victoria to round out its preliminary matches.

Queensland shooting stats

Abigail Latu-Meafou 24/30 (80%)
Alexia Baker 8/13 (62%)
Binnian Hunt 7/11 (64%)

ACT shooting stats

Alison Miller 16/19 (84%)
Leila Basic 11/17 (64%)

 

Ladder after Round 6

Team

Pld

Won

Lost

Drawn

For

Against

Points

New South Wales

6

5

0

1

231

141

11

Queensland

6

5

0

1

213

153

11

Victoria

6

5

1

0

219

132

10

South Australia

6

3

3

0

189

165

6

Western Australia

6

2

4

0

170

167

4

ACT

6

2

4

0

162

188

4

Tasmania

6

1

5

0

129

218

2

Northern Territory

6

0

6

0

88

237

0