U17 QUEENSLAND 32 def U17 WESTERN AUSTRALIA 25
By MICAH DI MUZIO
The game began with a flurry as both teams looked to kick-start their U17 campaign with a win.
From the outset Queensland looked eager and raring to go with its warm-up displaying strong intensity and concentration levels.
The Queensland shooters from the opening whistle showed it would be a tough combination with Abigail Latu-Meafou (GS) and Alexia Baker (GA) looking rather solid in the goals throughout the first quarter.
However, Western Australia’s wing attack Helen Taylor was constantly feeding her shooters to keep the score at a tight contest at quarter-time, 6-4 in Queensland’s favour.
The second quarter was more of the same with WA struggling to keep hold of the skilful and well-drilled Queensland shooters. By the end of the quarter Queensland had built a solid 15-10 lead heading into the major break.
The WA side looked to have found a spark in their game and came out firing to start the third term due to some great individual work from their centre Phoebe Wilcox and Taylor.
However Queensland portrayed resilience and regained ascendancy late in the quarter to keep the margin at six goals at the last change.
WA wanted a strong finish and started the final term well with the crowd sensing a comeback could be on the cards.
But this wasn’t the script that Queensland were reading from as constant link up play between centre Kobe Howard and its shooters ultimately proved too strong in the finish to run out seven-goal winners.
Queensland shooting stats
Abigail Latu-Meafou 22/25 (88%)
Alexia Baker 10/17 (59%)
Western Australia shooting stats:
Miqeula Vox 11/15 (73%)
Moeriana Bullen 8/11 (73%)
Alexandra Morgan 6/6 (100%)
QUEENSLAND 36 def NORTHERN TERRITORY 20
By ROMY JOENG
The match started with an early turnover from Northern Territory which allowed Queensland to take an early lead.
Some messy passes saw both teams cause turnovers and offensive errors in NT’s front line saw Queensland stretch its advantage to four goals.
Great shooting from the Queensland shooters saw the quarter draw to a close with their side holding the upper hand 11-5.
NT started the second quarter with changes to their line-up with Bethany Fry moving to wing defence and Chelsea Hambour coming off the bench and into goal defence.
Great shooting from Queensland’s goal shooter Claire Frost and ball handling errors by the NT saw Queensland take a strong lead into half-time 22-10.
Both teams had several changes after the half-time break.
Queensland applied great pressure all the way down the court to where its shooters finished it off. Queensland’s defence made it difficult for the NT to score during the term and they went into the final term leading 30-12.
NT came out firing to start the last quarter, scoring the first four goals to cut the margin back to 14, but Queensland’s defence stepped up and consistent shooting throughout the match gave it a 17-goal win.
Queensland shooting statistics
Clare Frost 27/32 (84%)
Binnian Hunt 8/12 (67%)
Alexia Baker 1/1 (100%)
Northern Territory shooting statistics
Savanah Tiller 7/14 (50%)
Courtney Murphy 4/6 (67%)
Franjesca Cercarelli 3/3 (100%)
Gabrielle Borchers 1/4 (25%)