Queensland 54 defeated Northern Territory 29
After a shaky start, the hosts put on a brilliant display of netball to grab a Round 1 win over a gallant Northern Territory.
In its first national championship appearance in three years, the NT took it right up to Queensland in the first term and only trailed by three goals at the first break.
But it wasn’t long before the home team kicked into gear and raced away to a nine-goal lead at the main break.
Queensland coach Tracey Jeanes-Fraser rotated her line-up in the second half and the team was ruthless, combining well in both the attack and defensive ends.
“It was a great opportunity to get all the girls out on the court and get the all the nerves out of the system,” Jeanes-Fraser said.
“Our expectations is to play great and executing some really good netball and hopefully see us get in to the semis and then a grand final opportunity.”
Bianca Cattelini and Jemmason Power continued to build on the good lead set up by Beryl Friday and Briony Payne in the first half.
The midcourt of Dominque Scott, Mahalia Cassidy and Madeline McAuliffe gave the Queenslanders plenty of speed and drive up the middle as Queensland extended its lead to 19 goals heading into the final term.
Queensland shooting stats
Bianca Cattelini 17/21 (81%)
Jemmason Power 15/23 (65%)
Briony Payne 12/21 (57%)
Beryl Friday 10/16 (63%)
Northern Territory shooting stats
Deni Tauleiei 15/22 (68%)
Ramayer Gourley 11/14 (79%)
Megan Craufurd 2/7 (29%)
Michelle Winch 1/1 (100%)
South Australia 49 defeated Queensland 30
A dominant opening term paved the way for defending champions South Australia to finish the opening day with two victories.
SA jumped the host state in the first quarter and raced to a 12-goal lead at quarter time with shooter Georgie Virgo proving a handful for the Queensland defence.
The quarter-time break seemed to spark Queensland into action and it matched SA in the second term, but could not make any in-roads into the deficit.
The third quarter was a dour battle with the defences of both teams on top as Queensland were able to slightly reduce SA’s lead back to what it was at quarter-time.
But the introduction of Rebecca Winch to goal attack for the last term saw SA put the result beyond doubt and remain one of two unbeaten sides heading into Round 3.
South Australia shooting stats
Georgie Virgo 31/48 (65%)
Rebecca Winch 9/10 (90%)
Chelsea Lemke 9/15 (60%)
Queensland shooting stats
Beryl Friday 19/26 (74%)
Bianca Cattelini 10/18 (56%)
Jemmason Power 1/5 (20%)
Victoria (48) defeated Western Australia (33)
New South Wales (63) defeated Tasmania (31)
South Australia (68) defeated ACT (24)
Queensland (54) defeated Northern Territory (29)
New South Wales (54) defeated Victoria (39)
Western Australia (52) defeated Tasmania (32)
South Australia (49) defeated Queensland (30)
ACT (56) defeated Northern Territory (39)
Ladder after Round 2
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Draws for Wednesday, 11 March
8:00am – Western Australia v Queensland
9:40am – New South Wales v ACT
11:20am – South Australia v Tasmania
1:00pm – Northern Territory v Victoria
3:00pm – Western Australia v ACT
4:40pm – New South Wales v Queensland
6:20pm – Victoria v South Australia
8:00pm – Northern Territory v Tasmania
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