U21 Queensland State team update on their first three matches at the National Championships being held in Adelaide.
VICTORIA 51 def QUEENSLAND 37
By AMELIA DAWKINS
Victoria has secured a first round triumph with a 14-goal win over Queensland at Netball SA Stadium.
In a great battle for the final match of the opening day, Victoria won 51-37 after pulling away with the lead in the final quarter.
Both teams started the match with great defensive pressure and there was a tight contest for the ball throughout the court.
Victoria led 11-8 at quarter-time after goal shooter Madeline Morrison put through an excellent shot at the end of the quarter.
Both teams shot accurately in the first few minutes of the second quarter and the score remained relatively close until Victoria edged their way to a seven-goal lead.
Midway through the quarter Queensland began to fight their way back, capitalising on some great turn overs down the court.
Queensland managed to level the score in the final minutes of the quarter with some great shooting by goal shooter Claudia Jones but Victorian led 21-20 at half-time.
Victoria brought Mikaela Vaughan on at goal shooter in the third quarter and she worked well with goal attack Alice Teague-Neeld to help Victoria get out to a five-goal lead.
A brilliant pick up by goal defence Madeleine Walsh assisted Queensland in reducing the gap to two mid quarter. However Victoria steadied with some great passages of play and led 38-31 at three-quarter time.
Queensland made some changes at the start of the fourth quarter, but Victoria began to edge away in the early minutes taking the lead out to 12.
Queensland centre Olivia O’Donnell and wing attack Stephanie O’Brien refused to give up and gave their all as they fed the ball brilliantly into the goal circle as brought the margin back to nine goals.
But Victoria once again pulled clear with some great defensive work and good shooting.
Victoria shooting statistics
Alice Teague-Neeld 24/31 (77%)
Madeline Morrison 14/18 (78%)
Mikaela Vaughan 13/20 (65%)
Queensland shooting statistics
Claudia Jones 23/29 (79%)
Beryl Friday 8/10 (80%)
Jemmason Power 4/9 (44%)
Lauren Sculley 2/4 (50%)
QUEENSLAND 43 def WESTERN AUSTRALIA 36
By MALLORY PETERSEN
Queensland kept its title hopes alive with an emphatic seven-goal win over a powerful Western Australian side.
In an extremely physical contest, Queensland only just edged out WA after scores were tied with five minutes left to play.
Queensland goal shooter Jemmason Power was exceptional in the dying stages of the game, nailing the last five goals of the match – including one after the final whistle – to clinch the win for her state.
The match started with each team going goal for goal, nothing splitting the two sides.
Intercepts by WA goal defence Jessica Penny and Queensland centre Mahalia Cassidy threatened to blow the game apart, but smooth recoveries from both sides proved it was still anyone’s game at the first break, with scores tied at 10-all.
The second quarter saw bodies flying across the court, as players from both teams fought hard for control of the ball. Luckily no injuries were suffered and each player was able to play out the game.
WA goal attack Emma Cosh proved deadly in the first half, nailing almost impossible shots from the circle’s edge.
However brilliant shooting from Queensland goal attack Claudia Jones ensured her team gained the advantage going into the second half, holding a one-goal lead.
Fantastic hands over the ball pressure and strong rebounding from WA goal keeper Annika Lee-Jones denied plenty of shots from the Queensland shooters in the third quarter, allowing WA to pull away to a one-goal lead going into the last term.
However the combination of Power and Beryl Friday in the Queensland goal circle proved to be a masterstroke by coach Jenny Brazel, with the two shooting 15 goals between them for the last quarter to win the game.
Queensland shooting stats
Claudia Jones 20/32 (63%)
Jemmason Power 13/16 (81%)
Beryl Friday 10/15 (67%)
Western Australia shooting stats
Sophie Garbin 18/24 (75%)
Emma Cosh 18/25 (72%)
NEW SOUTH WALES 55 def QUEENSLAND 45
By MALLORY PETERSEN
The game lived up to the hype that comes with sporting matches featuring traditional rivals New South Wales and Queensland with an exciting and fast-paced display.
In the end it was NSW that pulled away in the last quarter to win by 10 goals.
While Queensland had the lead halfway through the third quarter it was NSW, inspired by the excellent shooting of goal shooter Kristina Brice, who mounted a comeback and managed to come away victorious.
Brice played her best game of the tournament-to-date, standing strongly under the goal ring and shooting a game-high 46 goals at 89 per cent accuracy.
She was well by Georgia Russell and captain Amy Sommerville, who both shared the goal attack position.
The game began with both teams going goal for goal and NSW holding a one-goal lead at the first break.
The midcourt dominated the second and third quarters, with Queensland centre Olivia O’Donnell and her NSW counterpart Sophie Halpin putting on an impressive show as they battled for dominance.
Although they lost, a sequence of play instigated by Queensland goal shooter Jemmason Power and goal attack Beryl Friday in the third quarter will most likely be remembered as the play of the tournament so far.
Queensland wing attack Stephanie O’Brien threw a high ball into the goal circle where, standing just under the ring, Power lifted up Friday.
Centimetres from the goal ring, Friday caught the ball and shot the goal virtually in the one movement. Although it was a risky move, it spectacularly paid off. Neither player could quite believe it had worked as they smiled and shook their heads.
Queensland’s luck ran out in the last quarter with NSW goal keeper Kristiana Manu’a collecting some impressive intercepts off the back of some wayward passes to help her side to their second victory of the tournament.
New South Wales shooting stats
Kristina Brice 46/52 (89%)
Georgia Russell 5/9 (56%)
Amy Sommerville 4/6 (67%)
Queensland shooting stats
Jemmason Power 25/33 (76%)
Beryl Friday 17/22 (77%)
Claudia Jones 3/6 (50%)