The Queensland Fusion dominated Round 3 of the Australian Netball League (ANL) competition, winning all three of their games at Challenge Stadium in Perth from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July.
In Friday’s game against the Western Sting, Fusion scored a convincing win taking down the home side 69:50. Despite the Sting leading in the first and second quarters, Fusion came back strong in the third quarter to forge ahead by 12 points, largely due to Tiata Baldwin (who replaced Beryl Wood as GS at half-time) shooting at 100% scoring 13 goals from 13 attempts. The Sting struggled to get back into the game as Fusion maintained their shooting run to finish with a very respectable 19-point lead.
Quarter by Quarter: Queensland Fusion 10, 30, 49, 68 / Western Sting 13, 26, 37, 50
Queensland Fusion: Beryl Friday 18/21 @ 86%, Stephanie Wood 28/32 @ 88%, Tiata Baldwin 23/24 @ 96%, Team 69/77 @ 90%
Western Sting: Sarah East 31/37 @ 84%, Lisa Millman 10/13 @ 77%, Ellie Smart 9/11 @ 82%, Team 50/61 @ 82%
Fusion’s winning streak continued on Saturday, when they notched up their second win in as many games defeating the reigning premiers Southern Force 72:56.
They started where they finished off on Friday, firing on all cylinders to lead by seven goals midway through the first quarter, forcing the South Australians into some early positional changes both in attack and defence. Fusion wing attack Laura Scherian never stopped working and early in the second quarter they were in front by 15 points. Fusion maintained their lead in the subsequent two quarters to finish the game with a strong 16-point lead.
Quarter by Quarter: Queensland Fusion 21, 39, 58, 72 / Southern Force 10, 29, 42, 56
Queensland Fusion: Stephanie Wood 18/26 @ 69%, Tiata Baldwin 51/61 @ 84%, Beryl Friday 3/4 @ 75%, Team 72/91 @ 79%
Southern Force: Laura Packard 2/4 @ 50%, Stephanie Puopolo 20/23 @ 87%, Georgie Virgo 34/39 @ 87%, Team 56/66 @ 85%
On Sunday, Fusion secured their third consecutive win annihilating the Canberra Darters by a whopping 28 points to win 79:51. From the moment they took to the court, Fusion took control of the game dominating all four quarters. Fusion’s goal shooter Beryl Friday scored 23 out of 27 goals in the first half , with Tiata Baldwin stepping in for the second half to shoot 36 out of 43. Try as they might, the Darters failed to make an impression on the Queensland side who kept the momentum going from their two earlier wins.
Quarter by Quarter: Queensland Fusion 18, 39, 57, 79 / Canberra Darters 13, 22, 38, 51
Queensland Fusion: Beryl Friday 23/27 @ 85%, Stephanie Wood 16/17 @91%, Lauren Sculley 4/7 @57%, Tiata Baldwin 36/43 84%, Team 79/94 84%
Canberra Darters: Jemmason Power 38/46 @83%, Mardi Aplin 4/7 @57%, Sepi Langi 9/11 @82%, Team 51/64 @80%
Queensland Fusion has a bye next week in Round 4 of the competition. The following week in Round 5, they play the NSW Blues, Victorian Fury and Victorian Flames at AIS Arena in Canberra.