The Inaugural 16U State Titles and 18U City v Country wrapped up in Toowoomba this weekend after a hard fought three days of competition.
Held at the University of Southern Queensland, representative teams from throughout the state competed for the title of State Champions.
The 16U State Titles Grand Final was contested by the Carina Leagues Club Tigers and the Suncoast Lynx on Saturday night with the worthy combatants both progressing to the big dance undefeated.
In a match that had scores locked up at every quarter, it looked like a certainty to go into extra time. The young Tigers outfit led superbly by their captain Lynette Childs, held their nerve though to claim a 30-28 win.
The Golden South Jags claimed 3rd place bragging rights over tournament surprise package the Capricorn Claws. The Claws were in the game until quarter time, though the Jags pulled away, gradually claiming a big 38-21 victory.
The Steelcats continued their strong regional representation defeating Lions 35-33 in another nail-biter to claim fifth place. Lions and Steelcats had come through the same pool, playing a 28-28 draw in the round games before they both won their respective semi-finals to face off again in the fifth/sixth place playoff.
Brisbane South Wildcats secured a strong 11-point win over Brisbane North Cougars to secure 7th and the Darling Downs Panthers claimed a 1 goal win over Whitsunday Sharks to claim 9th position. In the final ranking game, the Marlin Coast Marlins secured a 5-goal win over the Wide Bay Thundercats.
Richard McInnes, Netball Queensland General Manager High Performance and Sport Entertainment said that he was delighted to see two regional teams in the top 5 placings and more importantly to see the number of close games across the whole event.
“In the pool games we had 4 draws and a good number of games with a one and two-point margin. The regional team concept (each team is selected from the associations within each of the 12 regions) certainly strengthens our country teams, allowing them to bring their best players together to compete.”
The 18U City v Country battle was claimed by City with a 3-0 series clean sweep. The Country team started slow, with a Game 1 loss, before bouncing back in Game 2 to go down by only 1 goal. However, with the series lost they could not muster the fight to challenge the City team in Game 3 with City running away convincing winners with a 58-41 victory.
The Netball Queensland selection panel was present to review player performances and determine which athletes will be added to the 19U Queensland training squad along with the incumbent State team members.
Following the 16U State Titles, the NQ selection panel announced a 26-player training squad who will assemble in January for final Queensland State 17U Team Selection.
Netball Queensland will announce both the Queensland 17U and 19U Training Squads on Wednesday 10 October.
16U State Titles Final Placings