The Queensland Fusion have finished fourth in the 2015 Australian Netball League after a tough battle with the Western Sting in a play-off for the bronze medal going down 45-67 at the Waverley Netball Centre in Melbourne.
A young Queensland team who exceeded their coach Jenny Brazel’s expectations to even make a final appearance, came out firing in the opening minutes running away to a early 3-goal.
“This Fusion team exceeded expectations to make it this far to finals so I am very proud of the girls,” Brazel said.
“It was not our best performance but this is a very young group and they are certainly the future of netball in Queensland. This was a great learning experience for them and they will take a lot away from this weekend.”
“Look out for this team in two years time,” Brazel said.
Ten minutes into the quarter the Sting settled in turned the tables on the Fusion taking the lead and never looking back.
At quarter time, the Western Sting 17 led the young Queensland Fusion side 11.
With changes at half time seeing Firebirds star Verity Simmons hit the court for the last time in a maroon dress allowed the Fusion to gain momentum but the Sting came out determined to build on their half time lead.
Brisbane West Lions shooter, Lucinda Benjamin made her debut for the Fusion having an immediate impact combining with goal attack Cara Koenen.
25-year-old Benjamin stepped up proving her shooting ability hitting six from eight attempts in her third quarter appearance.
But it was the Western Sting who continued to extend their lead going into the final quarter ahead by 21-goals dominating the Fusion 31-52.
In spite of the Queenslanders continuing to work hard during the final term, the Western Sting finished off the game strong with a final score of 67 – 45.
Queensland Fusion shooting stats
Cara Koenen 25/31 (81%)
Abigail Latu-Meafou 13/16 (81%)
Lucinda Benjamin 6/8 (75%)
Dominique Scott 1/2 (50%)
Western Sting shooting stats
Lisa Millman 14/20 (70%)
Kayla Stanton 53/57 (93%)