QUEENSLAND 42 def TASMANIA 16
By LAUREN BORDIN
A dominant first quarter set up Queensland’s 26-goal win over Tasmania in the opening match of the U19 National Championship.
Queensland jumped to an early lead and its defence were able to restrict Tasmania from scoring until almost the midway point of the second quarter, partly through the pressure put on Tasmania’s goal attack Georgie Briggs who was double teamed against on its centre passes.
However Briggs began to successfully combat this towards the end of the quarter by dropping back off the third line and this helped improve Tasmania’s flow to the goal circle.
Along with strong defence, Queensland’s clean movement of the ball resulted in the lead ballooning to 14 goals at the half-time break. This lead grew in the second quarter thanks to quick movement from the midfield to the goal circle as well as effective passing through the mid-court and wing areas.
Queensland again continued to break Tasmania’s centre passes, scoring seven unanswered goals to begin the third quarter.
Tasmania was under pressure in its attacking third, forced to drive harder in order to get the ball into the circle. However some inaccurate shooting as well as steady defence from Queensland goal keeper Ashlee Unie and goal defence Hulita Haukinima meant when the ball entered the circle these opportunities were not capitalised upon.
A vocal Queensland bench willed their side to grow their lead in the final quarter. Although there was an increase in the time the ball spent in Tasmania’s attacking third, Queensland continued to intercept the ball and return it to its attacking circle, resulting in a comfortable opening win.
Queensland shooting statistics
Cara Koenen 29/30 (96%)
Bianca Cattelini 12/15 (80%)
Ruby Paton 1/8 13%
Tasmania shooting statistics
Georgie Briggs 11/14 (79%)
Ashlea Mawer 4/8 (50%)
Stephanie Welchelt 1/4 (25%)
VICTORIA 33 def QUEENSLAND 30
By KRIS NEIL
Victoria has had to stave off a fast-finishing Queensland to remain undefeated after its second game of the netball championships.
The Vics never gave up the lead after building a five-goal advantage in the first quarter, with forward duo Emma Ryde-Coad and Andrea Tai looking unstoppable in the early proceedings.
Queensland’s defenders Hulita Haukinima and Leah Middleton battled hard after the first term though, giving the team a chance to work their way back into the contest.
The Queenslanders were within two goals of the host state with two minutes remaining in the clash as their enthusiastic crowd attempted to spur them on to victory.
But it was too little too late as a clutch intercept from Emma Browne gave Victoria the buffer they needed to close the game out.
Cara Koenan did her utmost to pull Queensland back late, providing a strong target under the net as goal shooter.
Mahalia Cassidy was another shining light for the losing side as she competed fiercely in her four quarters at centre.
Molly Jovic gave the crowd a scare two minutes into the second half, going down with what looked like a serious ankle injury.
However, to the relief of the Victorian squad Jovic shook off the injury to return in the final quarter.
Victoria shooting stats
Emily Ryde-Coad 20/23 (87%)
Andrew Tai 13/15 (87%)
Queensland shooting stats
Cara Koenan 25/28 (89%)
Bianca Cattelini 5/11 (45%)