Strong double win for U19

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QUEENSLAND 47 def AUSTRALIAN ACT 14

By KRIS NEIL

Queensland have sent out a warning to the competition ahead of their highly anticipated clash against South Australia tonight, drubbing the Northern Territory by 23 goals.

The whole side looked focused from the first centre break of the game, with Josephine Hungerford linking up with Cara Koenan to put their team on the scoreboard within seconds.

Queensland executed the basics to perfection for much of the first half, building an unsurmountable 25-goal lead at the  half-time break.

ACT tried its utmost to work a way back into the game, highlighted by a big clash of bodies between Queensland wing defence Kristen Oxenford and ACT goal attack Sophie Immomen.

But it was too little too late as both sides activated a number of substitutions at the half with the result beyond doubt.

The leading scorer for the championships Cara Koenan was dominant at goal shooter in the first half, scoring 25 goals before making way for Bianca Cuttelini.

Jemma Mi Mi was also noteworthy in limited game time at goal defence.

Queensland shooting stats
Cara Koenan 25/31 (81%)
Ruby Paton 15/20 (75%)
Bianca Cattelini 7/11 (64%)

ACT shooting stats
Victoria Schmahl 10/12 (83%)
Molly Dickson 3/5 (60%)
Sophie Immomen 1/2 (50%)

 

QUEENSLAND 31 def SOUTH AUSTRALIA 24

By BEN CARBONARO

Queensland has turned the tables on last year’s champions South Australia in the Grand Final rematch to wrap up Round 4 of the national championships.

Queensland stormed out of the blocks, scoring eight goals with goal shooter Cara Koenan the spearhead as she dominated under the ring and withstood numerous attempts from SA’s defenders to curb her impact.

Despite their early dominance, SA was able to stem the flow of goals but still trail 9-6 at quarter time.

Just like the opening stanza, it was Queensland who controlled proceedings early as Koenan again shot with pinpoint accuracy.

Centre Mahalia Cassidy controlled the midcourt for Queensland and helped set up some amazing passages of shooting in the circle for her shooters, but SA’s resilience shorn through as they again pegged it back. Queensland led 14-13 at half-time.

The third quarter was certainly very evenly matched, as both teams displayed good patches of play. SA continued to chip away at Queensland, even if it didn’t show on the scoreboard as they trailed 22-17 at the final break.

All the good work that SA had done came undone as Queensland dominated in attack and built on that as the final quarter wore on. This was despite some great work in patches from SA across the court.

Queensland shooting stats
Cara Koenen 28/31 (90%)
Bianca Catalini 3/7 (43%)

South Australia shooting stats
Rebecca Winch 13/17 (76%)
Taylor Greig 11/17 (65%)
Kelsey Williams 0/1 (0%)

 

Ladder after Round 4

Team

Pld

Won

Lost

Drawn

For

Against

Points

Victoria

4

4

0

0

140

92

8

Queensland

4

3

1

0

150

87

6

South Australia

4

3

1

0

131

101

6

New South Wales

4

2

2

0

121

108

4

Western Australia

4

2

2

0

133

119

4

Tasmania

4

1

3

0

88

138

2

ACT

4

1

3

0

91

163

2

Northern Territory

4

0

4

0

90

136

0