VICTORIA 34 def QUEENSLAND 23
By MICAH DI MUZIO
Regardless of this result, these two states went into the clash knowing they would face off again in tomorrow’s semi-final.
But the hosts may take a bit of extra confidence into that clash after winning the final match of the preliminary rounds by 11 goals.
Victoria, looking to make amends for last night’s loss to New South Wales, raced out of the blocks and looked like a team who wanted to prove it’s still a major threat in the title race.
Queensland, unbeaten for the week heading into the match, tried to keep pace in the first quarter but Victorian had opened up an 8-2 lead by the first break.
Queensland were making some really uncharacteristic mistakes – and when you make those simple errors, you’ll get punished.
Victorian captain Libby Birch had a tremendous game, organising and controlling the game from attack to defence.
The Queensland defenders were finding it exceptionally hard to stop the combination of Jane Cook and Kailah-Mae Keepen who never looked like missing.
By half-time the lead had blown out to 15-8 in Victoria’s favour.
Victorian goal keeper Jacqueline Newton was rebounding nearly everything and she was cancelling out the tireless work rate of Alexia Baker, who gave her all once again.
Victoria had extended its lead to 13 goals heading into the final term and both sides opted to rest a few of their players for the last quarter.
Queensland had a mini victory in the final term, winning the quarter by two goals and will be eager to turnaround the overall result when the sides face off again tomorrow for a place in the Grand Final.
Victorian shooting stats
Jane Cook 19/20 (95%)
Kailah-Mae Keepen 10/12 (83%)
Mandy Hanegraaf 3/4(75%)
Rahni Samason 2/2 (100%)
Queensland shooting stats
Binnian Hunt 11/15 (73%)
Clare Frost 6/7 (86%)
Alexia Baker 6/9 (67%)
Abigail Latu-Meafou 0/1 (0%)
Ladder after Round 7
|New South Wales||7||6||0||1||268||164||13|
U17 Semi Finals draw – Friday, 11 April
9am: Western Australia (5) v Northern Territory (8)
10:15am: ACT (6) v Tasmania (7)
11:30am: New South Wales (1) v South Australia (4)
12:45pm: Victoria (2) v Queensland (3)