Queensland 50 defeated New South Wales 40
Queensland has claimed its first 21/U National Championships’ bronze medal in seven years after toppling New South Wales in the play-off for third and fourth at the Caloundra Indoor Stadium.
A packed crowd predominantly dressed in maroon inspired the Queensland side to produce its best performance of the week and the 10-goal victory earned the host state the bronze medal for the first time since 2009.
It’s the first time since 2005 that New South Wales has not finished in the top three on the final placings.
The result was a 29-goal turnaround from the result earlier in the week won by New South Wales.
Both sides threw everything into the opening term and were determined to get a slight break on the other but scores were locked together at 12-all at quarter-time.
Queensland slowly began to get on top in the second term with defender Hulita Haukinima pulling off crucial intercepts and Mahalia Cassidy busy through the midcourt while Jemmason Power and Beryl Friday were only too happy to finish off their good work.
The Sky Blues tried gallantly to close the gap in the final term but Queensland weren’t to be denied its finest victory of the week.
The contest between New South Wales shooter Kristina Brice and her Queensland opponent Leah Middleton was also fascinating to watch.
Both enjoyed periods of dominance against each other throughout the match with Brice’s 34 goals giving her a tally of 392 for the week at an average of 43 a match.
Queensland shooting stats
Beryl Friday 28/36 (78%)
Jemmason Power 22/30 (73%)
New South Wales shooting stats
Kristina Brice 34/40 (85%)
Stephanie MacGougan 5/8 (62%)
Georgia Marshall 1/4 (25%)
7th/8th – Northern Territory (40) defeated Tasmania (27)
5th/6th – Western Australia (54) defeated ACT (44)
3rd/4th – Queensland (50) defeated New South Wales (40)
Grand Final – South Australia (44) defeated Victoria (42)
1st – South Australia
2nd – Victoria
3rd – Queensland
4th – New South Wales
5th – Western Australia
6th – ACT
7th – Northern Territory
8th – Tasmania
San Remo Most Valuable Player – Maddy Turner (South Australia)
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