17/U Bronze Playoff: Victoria (33) v South Australia (29)
By Maddison Reynolds
Victoria have ended their National Championships series with a 33-29 win over South Australia.
The two teams first met on Day 3 saw the Victorian side beat the SA team with a convincing score of 31-17.
SA were determined not to let the Victorian’s get the better of them a second time, entering the match at a steady and controlled pace to ensure possession.
Sasha Glasgow showed maturity and leadership in her control of the SA attacking end, encouraging her side whilst performing with agility and precision.
Sophie Croft and Emily O’Connell fed from this, persisting in their defence on the dominant Victorian goal-shooter, Danielle Phillips.
Despite their efforts, it was the height and strength of Phillips that proved indestructible.
Accompanied by her support in Bridget O’Halloran, Kate Kelly-Oman and Laura Cayzer, the Victorian attacking side were incredibly well executed and equally supported by their defensive end.
Playing a well practiced zone, Brooke Allan and Matilda Garrett utilised a sweeping defence to pick off impressive intercepts.
The Victorian side strategically executed their strong and controlled game play securing the third place position in the 17/U competition.
Victoria (33) defeated South Australia (29)
South Australia Shooting Stats:
Mary Wilson 1/4 (25%)
Sasha Glasgow 20/24 (84%)
Tarnie Shinnick 8/12 (67%)
Victoria Shooting Stats:
Danielle Phillips 20/22 (91%)
Bridget O’Halloran 13/17 (77%)
19/U GRAND FINAL: Victoria (39) v New South Wales (43)
By Claire Macuz and Rachel Kitching
In a thrilling Grand Final match that demanded intensity until the final whistle of extra time, New South Wales have gallantly defeated a resilient Victorian side 43-39.
The first quarter forced pace and subsequently turnovers for each side, demanding pin-point passing and strong leads to deliver the ball to both sets of shooters.
NSW goal defence and Toni Anderson applied exuberant pressure to her opponents Zanna Woods and Samantha Gooden, restricting the flow and ease of the delivery into VIC goal shooter Emma Ryde-Coad.
With two intercepts and numerous pressure acts allowing her surrounding teammates to pick up loose balls, Anderson was awarded the San Remo Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Ryde-Coad scored an unbelievable 33 goals from 36 attempts. Standing at a 197cm tall, Ryde-Coad held brilliantly and provided a sure set of hands for her side.
NSW quickly realised she was the ‘go-to’ goaler in the ring, doubling up to increase their chances of an interception or deflection.
VIC co-captains Elizabeth Birch and Casey Adamson controlled the momentum of the game to level the scores 15-all, with Birch delivering the ball to their goalers six times in the first half.
VIC’s defensive combination Julia Smith and Jacqueline Newton applied constant physical pressure to their opponents each time the ball came into NSW’s attack, taking five intercepts in the first half.
The extraordinary physicality of the match was evident from the starting whistle with Birch and NSW centre Elyssa Pierce clashing bodies numerous times.
NSW played a strong first half, with their goal attack and captain Kiera Austin shooting at 88% with 11 goals going into the main break.
The last quarter was in a league of its own, with pressure acts, loose balls, turnovers and the physicality again demanding an increase in intensity and skill acquisition.
NSW led by two goals with under three minutes to go when the scoreboard clock reset, causing the crowd to increase in volume, not knowing how many minutes were left until the final whistle of official game time.
Ryde leveled for VIC with just seconds remaining taking the score to 34-all, and her individual score to 10 goals from 10 attempts in the last quarter, to take the match into extra time.
With the crowd edging them on, NSW were the stronger team at the end of extra time, simultaneously screaming with joy when the final whistle was blown to triumphantly win the 19/U Australian Netball Nationals Championships over Victoria 43-39.