South Australia 46 defeated Queensland 38
South Australia maintained its unbeaten tournament streak after fending off a valiant Queensland outfit in the first semi-final.
SA opened the scoring in a competitive and hard fought encounter as Queensland took it to the defending champions, who looked rattled early on.
Queensland goal attack Beryl Friday started the game strong with fast hands and accurate shooting as she received strong support play from goal shooter Jemmason Power.
The two shooters combined well to take Queensland into the second quarter with a three-goal lead.
The second term started much like the first as both teams shot it out for supremacy. Once again Friday was quick on her feet and accurate with her hands to help maintain a five-goal lead late in the quarter as Queensland took an unexpected half-time lead over the heavily favored SA unit.
The third quarter saw SA rally as it made in-roads into Queensland’s four-goal lead to close to within one on the back of a strong performance by goal shooter Georgie Virgo.
In the final term SA showed why it’s the defending champions as it ran all over the Queensland outfit that struggled to keep up with the defending champions’ final quarter speed and intensity.
SA quickly took the lead from Queensland and ran away in the final few minutes to post its eighth win of the week and secure a spot in its fourth consecutive Grand Final.
South Australia Shooting Stats
Georgie Virgo 30/41 (73%)
Chelsea Lemke 16/19 (84%)
Queensland Shooting Stats
Jemmason Power 20/25 (80%)
Beryl Friday 18/30 (60%)
Western Australia (59) defeated Tasmania (29)
ACT (41) defeated Northern Territory (38)
South Australia (46) defeated Queensland (38)
Victoria (67) defeated New South Wales (60) (In Extra Time. Full-time score was 53-all.)
Finals draw for Sunday, 15 March
Play-off for 7th and 8th
8.00am – Northern Territory v Tasmania
Play-off for 5th and 6th
9.40am – Western Australia v ACT
Play-off for 3rd and 4th
11:20am – New South Wales v Queensland
1:00pm – South Australia v Victoria
*All times are local.
Presentations will take place at 2.45pm, local time, which includes the announcement of the 2015 Australian 21/U national squad. Coach Tania Obst and selected players will be available for interviews from 3.15pm (approx). Media can contact Netball Australia’s Media Officer Bradley Green (0419 535 845).